Richard May

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This article traces the historical development and theological foundations for the title, “Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament.” It examines the reasons for the title rooted in St. Augustine’s recognition that "Jesus took his Flesh from the flesh of Mary.” Tracing the connection between the Virgin Mary and the Eucharist through the Patristic era, the Middle Ages, and more recent centuries, various works of art are noted as well the insights of spiritual writers. In particular, the contributions of St. Peter Julian Eymard (1811–1868) are highlighted along with those of Pope St. John Paul II. The article not only examines the theological and historical foundations for Mary as Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament and Mother of the Eucharist, it also explores the importance of the Blessed Virgin for Eucharistic devotion.


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