July the first is one of the most important events of the year because it is one of a group of holy dates with the Lord, especially for those who belong to the Rogationist Family. We do not miss this yearly occasion to have a jubilant celebration – it is something special for our congregations to celebrate because we commemorate the first coming of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament, permanently dwelling in the midst of the religious community, with the poor and the abandoned people. We spend hours in prayer with Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament, with prepared liturgy including scriptural readings, psalms, prayers, and meditative and adoration songs.
This time is like a holy date with our Lord, where the Daughters of Divine Zeal, Rogationist Fathers, brothers, assisted children, and all those who are members and lay collaborators are present too. Jesus on this day is with us as a group offering a heart to heart talk.
This day gives us a good opportunity to thank the Lord for all the blessings we have received from the beginning of our foundation day right up until this moment of our existence. He has been, is and always will be there for us – He never fails to help us with our daily needs. With the spiritual presence of our Fr. Founder, St. Annibale Maria, and our co-foundress Mother Nazarena, we are united in prayer, in adoration and exultation with the Lord. So much are we thankful for the gift vocation that we have received from above.
This day is a holy date indeed with the Holy one, our Lord, and His people.
Visit to Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament
My Lord Jesus Christ,
for the love that You bear for men
You remain here night and day in this sacrament,
full of compassion and of love,
waiting, calling and welcoming those
who come to visit You.
I believe You are present
in the sacrament of Your altar,
I adore You from the abyss of my nothingness,
and I thank You for so many graces You have given me,
especially for having given me as an advocate
Your most Holy Mother Mary,
and for having called me to visit You in this Church.
I greet today Your most loving heart,
and I wish to greet it for three reasons:
- in thanksgiving for this great gift;
- to compensate You for all the injuries that You have received from Your enemies in this sacrament;
- I wish, with the visit, to adore You in all the places on earth where You, in the Eucharistic presence are least revered and most abandoned.
(United in Prayer p.393)