As a creative prayer compendium, Eucharistic Adoration: Holy Hour Meditations on the Seven Last Words of Christ invites readers to spend a holy hour in eucharistic adoration while meditating on the seven last words of Jesus and shows them how to do it.
Like many devotions that fell out of favor after the Second Vatican Council, eucharistic adoration has seen swelling popularity in recent years. Msgr. Charles Murphy, author of the acclaimed The Spirituality of Fasting, reintroduces this practice for today. Offering a simple guide for those new to eucharistic devotion, he brings together insightful holy hour meditations on the seven last words of Jesus with the profiles of seven modern Christians known for their devotion to the eucharist, including Simone Weil, Edith Stein, Dorothy Day, Blessed John XXIII, Blessed John Paul II, Blessed Teresa of Calcutta, and St. Margaret Mary Alacoque.
Foreword by Cardinal William Levada
Gazing upon Our Eucharistic Lord
“My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”
Witness: Simone Weil
“Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.”
Witness: St. Teresa Blessed by the Cross (Edith Stein)
“Today you will be with me in paradise.”
Witness: Dorothy Day
“Father, into your hands I commend my spirit.”
Witness: Blessed John XXIII
“Woman, this is your son. Son, this is your mother.”
Witness: Blessed John Paul II
Witness: Blessed Teresa of Calcutta
“It is finished.”
Witness: St. Margaret Mary Alacoque
Hymns of the Passion and the Eucharist
Monsignor Charles M. Murphy is currently the director of the permanent diaconate for the Diocese of Portland, Maine. He is the author of a number of scholarly articles and several books, including The Spirituality of Fasting, Eucharistic Adoration, At Home on the Earth, Wallace Stevens: A Spiritual Poet in a Secular Age, and Belonging to God. Murphy is the former academic dean and rector of the Pontifical North American College in Rome and served as part of the editorial group working in Italy under Cardinal Ratzinger on the third draft of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, which became the fourth and final version.
Murphy currently serves as consultant to the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops committee on catechetics, reviewing materials for conformity with the Catechism. He served as chair of the editorial committee that produced the pastoral letter on environmental issues by the Bishops of the Boston Province and he served as a consultant to the USCCB for their statement on global warming. He has been the pastor of four parishes in Maine and has served his diocese in ecumenical and educational capacities. Murphy holds a doctorate in sacred theology from the Gregorian University, a master’s degree in education from Harvard University, and a bachelor’s degree in classics from the College of the Holy Cross.
Msgr. Charles Murphy invites us to rediscover the riches of adoration.
- Cardinal William Levada, Former Prefect of The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith
Do not read this book: pray this book. An extraordinary combination of biblical study, knowledge of giants in the Catholic tradition, and profound spiritual insights borne, no doubt, of the authors own practice of Eucharistic adoration. An incomparable companion for ones experience of the worship of the Eucharist—invitational, poignant and pastoral. Murphy draws us into appreciating what is never totally appreciated—the experience of ‘communion’ in and with the Eucharistic Lord. An excellent companion to anyone on the journey to deeper conversion and joy in the Eucharistic Lord.
- Msgr. Kevin W. Irwin, Former Dean, The School of Theology and Religious Studies, The Catholic University of America
Using Jesus’ last words and the virtuous qualities of Christian witnesses, Msgr. Murphy invites readers into a deeper relationship with our Eucharistic Lord. A great prayer resource!
- Rev. Kevin Russeau, C.S.C., Novice Master, Congregation of Holy Cross
What a wonderful gift! Msgr. Murphys book will help everyone who reads it enter into deep, meaningful contemplation! I will recommend to every parish where I speak on perpetual adoration.
- Katie Pfeffer, CatholicAdoration.com
Msgr. Murphy´s book calls forth a profound desire to gaze at the Eucharistic Heart and to sit at His school to become witnesses of His love.
- Mother Adela Galindo, S.C.T.J.M., Foundress The Servants of the Pierced Hearts of Jesus and Mary