Today is the feast day of Pope St Pius X, often called the ‘Glorious Pope of the Eucharist’. May his steadfast faith and fervent devotion to Our Eucharistic Lord inspire us all!
In many ways Pope St Pius X’s Eucharistic devotion mirrored that of Our Holy Father Norbert. Just as Norbert was sent to Antwerp to crush the heresies of Tanchelin and offer reparation to the insults heaped on the Most Blessed Sacrament of the Altar, so St Pius X, as Patriarch of Venice, held three days of public reparation when thieves stole a ciborium from a church in Venice scattering the Most Blessed Sacrament upon the ground.
“A priest above all in the Eucharistic ministry: this is the most faithful portrait of St. Pius X. To serve the mystery of the Blessed Eucharist as a priest, and to fulfill the command of Our Saviour “Do this in memory of me” (Luke 22:19), was his way. From the day of his sacred ordination until his death as Pope, he knew no other possible way to reach such an heroic love of God, and to make a such generous return to that Redeemer of the world, Who by means of the Eucharist “poured out the riches of His divine Love for men” (Council of Trent, Session 13, chapter 2).” Pope Pius XII at the canonisation ceremony of St Pius X on 29th May, 1954
Our Holy Father Norbert, pray for us!
Pope St Pius X, pray for us!