League of the Tarcisians of The Sacred Heart
Junior apostles of the Sacred Heart of Jesus under the patronage of St. Tarcisius by Rev. Francis Larkin, SS.CC.
As in the time of Our Lord, so also now, boys and girls are His chosen friends, and as such their prayers are all-powerful with the Sacred Heart of Jesus. He cannot resist the entreaties of these young friends of His, one of whom He once set up as a model for all those aspiring to Christian perfection and the Kingdom of Heaven.
It is not to be wondered at, therefore, that Father Mateo, the Apostle of the Sacred Heart, from the very beginning of his apostolate, has encouraged children to help him in his work of Social Reign of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, through the Crusade of the Enthronement of the Sacred Heart in the home. His first apostles were children of eight and ten years of age, chosen from the more fervent pupils of a convent school. One of them, full of zeal, obtained permission to spend many hours, often during the night, writing letters in all languages for the spread of the work. Father Mateo does not hesitate to affirm that much of his success is due to the prayers, sacrifices and zeal of his young co-missionaries. A striking incident which took place early in his priestly career, long ago convinced him that no better instruments could be found for the salvation of souls, and the spread of the Reign of Love and Mercy of the Sacred Heart, than zealous boys and girls who are willing to become missionaries of the Sacred Heart.
Years ago, Father Mateo was Confessor of a privileged little soul only nine years old, whom he had prepared for her First Holy Communion. To prepare herself worthily, and to prove her love for Jesus, she offered many generous sacrifices. Not to be outdone in generosity, Jesus rewarded her by granting her the great privilege of conversing intimately with Him after receiving Him in Holy Communion.
One day, Father Mateo, wishing to convince himself that these conversations were genuine, and not due to the child’s imagination, asked her to tell Our Lord, that as a proof that He really talked to her, He must convert a great sinner, known to Father Mateo. The little girl in her simplicity promised that she would ask Our Lord for this proof the next time He spoke to her.
Some time later, the little girl came to Father Mateo to make her confession. After she had finished, she urged him to “hurry and give me absolution, the soul in coming." On being questioned by Father, who pretended he had forgotten all about the matter, she related that she had told Jesus of her confessor’s request, and how Our Lord had answered by telling her that he would give her this soul and many souls. “Always ask me for souls and I will give to you, and tell Father to ask me for souls and I will give them to him too. But you must become My missionary.” When the child objected that she could not become a missionary, because she was only a little girl, Our Lord answered by telling her that He would make her a great missionary, but she would have to pay a certain price for souls. The little girl was then told that the price she would have to pay would be THREE GOLDEN PENNIES. Her answer was: “Don’t take three pennies only, Jesus, take my whole bank!” Then Our Lord, Who must have been smiling at the innocence of His little friend, explained that the first golden penny was to be her prayers to Him for souls; the second, her little sacrifices, especially her obedience, the third, her promise never to miss Mass or Communion through her own fault.
The generous little missionary paid the price demanded by Jesus, and her confidence and generosity were soon rewarded. As Father Mateo was leaving the confessional, after sending his penitent to the Communion rail to say her penance, the notorious sinner, the great enemy of the Church, for whose conversion he had asked, entered the church and approaching Father, asked to make his confession. “Father,” he said, “I don’t know what has happened to me, but since this morning I feel that I am a different man. Divine grace is operating in me: I am conquered, I am crushed by the love of Christ. Help me to make a good confession, for it will be the first of my life.” Jesus had rewarded his little apostle by a miracle of grace; Father Mateo had received the proof he had asked for. Ten years later, this great sinner died in Father’s arms, after a holy and zealous life.
Here we have the basic idea of the apostolate of the young, known as the "Tarcisians of the Sacred Heart". What child is unable to give these Three Golden Pennies of prayer, sacrifice and Eucharistic fervour to Jesus, for souls? Every boy and girl can become an effective missionary of the Sacred Heart, and a zealous apostle of the Enthronement, and thus valuable helpers in the great crusade of making the Sacred Heart better known and loved. There is no better way of winning families to the Sacred Heart, than by winning over the children. Where the priest cannot penetrate, where the sisters’ efforts are often fruitless, there the children must be called upon to “break the rock” of coldness and indifference; and experience has proved that this is exactly what happens, when the young friends of the King of Love are called into action.
In this connection Father Mateo writes: “Where Promoters have taken an interest in this movement, they have succeeded beyond all hopes, in spite of obstacles which are always met with in pious undertakings. Make it known in Catholic schools, organise it and foster it, give it a place in your hearts, and never forget that, while wishing to form child lovers of the Holy Eucharist, this League chiefly aims at making children apostles by their love of sacrifice and prayer. God alone knows what graces are drawn down upon the world by children, who, not content with prayer and frequent Communion, do everything with the intention of extending the Reign of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, and making Him better known and loved. This League affords a splendid training for the Apostolate.” This is probably what the “Pope of Catholic Action: Pope Pius XI had in mind when he wrote: “Religious of both sexes will render a signal service to the Church by preparing even the youngest boys and girls under their charge in schools and colleges for Catholic Action. From the outset, children will he gently attracted by apostolic work and by constant and painstaking efforts, they will be lead to become members of Catholic Action organizations. Where the latter do not exist, Religious should try to establish them. This training of a youth elite will be of great benefit to the whole school or institution. If, in any such place, at least the best among the pupils are thoroughly imbued with the spirit of Christian apostolate, it is not difficult to understand what an influence of good they will have among the others.” (A. A. S. Vol. XXVIII)
Thus it is most important that children be taught the meaning and importance of the apostolate, of the spirit of sacrifice, and of frequent daily Mass and Communion. Wherever this apostolate has been started, notable results have been obtained. A different spirit is manifested in the conduct of the children, and often in the school itself: in some instances sisters report that the entire spirit of the school was changed; the pupils advance rapidly in piety and in the practice of both in the school and at home. Moreover, countless families have been won for the King of Love, and striking conversions are to be credited to their prayers, sacrifices and Eucharistic fervour.
Little wonder then, that Father Mateo directs this fervent plea to sisters and all those engaged in educating our boys and girls: “Teachers, you are so zealous in training the children in other ways; see to it that they learn the ‘one thing necessary’, namely, to love above all else the Sacred Heart, and that they are faithful to the nine First Friday Communions. Apply the remedy before sin has had time to make havoc in their souls. Later on, who knows if they will avail themselves of it, when the enemy has tempted them and perhaps, also, gained the victory? Remind them how Jesus lives close to us in the Tabernacle as truly as when He was on earth. Let your words breathe forth faith, love and trust in Him. Get the younger Tarcisians to talk to you in their childish way of Jesus, their loving Friend and King, their Saviour Crucified. Show them the Tabernacle; tell them that is where our Heaven begins and that, if Jesus dwell within their souls by grace, Heaven is in their very hearts, even in this life, and the Blessed Trinity delights to gaze upon their souls.
“Suggest to them the idea of making Jesus King of their homes, as well as of their hearts. Explain very simply the meaning of the Enthronement. Tell them Jesus wants to go to their homes as He did to those of the children of the Holy Land. He must reign! He is our King. We must do our best to win Him a place of honour in the homes of our country. Let us introduce our children to their great cause; let us guide their efforts, and they will do much towards securing for Jesus the triumph of His love.”
The League of Tarcisius of the Sacred Heart was founded by Father Mateo, with ecclesiastical approval, for the purpose of grouping boys and girls together into a zealous band of apostles of the Sacred Heart, especially to promote the Reign of the Sacred Heart in homes and in society, through the Enthronement of the Sacred Heart in the Home.
Thus it is essentially, and in the first place, an apostolate, and auxiliary instrument to the Work of the Enthronement. It is important to keep this in mind, for unlike other youth organizations, its primary purpose is not the personal sanctification of its members, but the apostolate, and in particular, the apostolate of the Enthronement. Hence it does not conflict with the purpose of any existing organizations; on the contrary, its spirit and program harmonises with any and all of them. Moreover, if it is not possible to establish the League of Tarcisians as such, because, for example, there are a number of youth organizations already, there is no reason why these organizations cannot adopt the 'program of the Tarcisians, and help to spread the knowledge and love of the Sacred Heart through the Enthronement. Thus, for instance, the various groups established in schools, as the Knights and Handmaids of the Blessed Sacrament; Sodalities of Our Lady; Catholic Action groups; junior Praesidia of the Legion of Mary, etc., could be asked to give the THREE GOLDEN PENNIES of prayer, sacrifice, and Eucharistic fervour, to help the King of Love reign over the hearts and homes of His friends. Experience has proved that when any child or group of children begins to work for the interests of the Sacred Heart, then marvels of grace occur. But this is not to be wondered at, since the Sacred Heart is faithful to the wonderful promise He made to those who would become His apostles. Sometimes it happens that a certain organization is more or less dormant in a school, as far as spiritual activities are concerned; new life has been infused, and new impetus given to its activities, when the members become Tarcisians in spirit and action. If an organization has for its primary purpose the personal sanctification of its members, its goal will be more easily reached when those members promote the Reign of the Sacred Heart, for He has promised to sanctify those who promote devotion to His Heart.
There is no reason then, why any child should be deprived of the great privilege of being a missionary of the Sacred Heart. If over organization is feared, then we give the answer made by Father Mateo to a theoretical question presented to him by one of the Sovereign Pontiffs in a private audience. The Holy Father asked Father Mateo what he would answer, if it were objected that the work of the Enthronement was adding another organization to a parish where there were already too many organizations. Father Mateo gave this striking reply, which is to the point here: “Holy Father, if a priest tells me that he has too many organizations in his parish, I would say: ‘Father, you have several sanctuary lamps burning in your sanctuary; I do not come to add another, but to furnish you with oil for those you already have’!”
HOW TO START THE TARCISIANS
The best way to start the movement in a school is to have the solemn Enthronement of the Sacred Heart as King of the school. This impressive act of homage and loyalty to the King of Love, will not fail to make a profound impression on the minds and hearts of the students, and to inspire them with the desire to make their King known and loved by others. It will then be an easy matter for the priest or sister to invite the children to become His fervent apostles, and to have Him enthroned in their own homes and in those of others.
Whether the Enthronement takes place or not, explain to the pupils the great desire of the Sacred Heart to be known and loved and acknowledged as King; tell them He needs their help, that He wants them to be His apostles; tell them the story of the THREE GOLDEN PENNIES, and the story of St. Tarcisius; then explain to them how they can become 'Tarcisians of the Sacred Heart; give them a copy of the explanatory leaflet, and explain the Obligations of the League, pointing out that they do not bind under pain of sin. If it is possible to establish the League as such, then tell them about the beautiful ceremony of admission, and how they will be admitted to the League only after they have proved themselves worthy by a period of probation.
If there is to be a solemn reception, then set a day for the ceremony, for instance a First Friday, for the official inauguration of the movement. This solemn reception is strongly urged, whenever possible, as it will add to the interest, stability, and unity of the work.
If it is not possible or practical to organize the League as such, then the private admission of a child as a Tarcisian might be the best way to start the work in a school. All that is necessary is that the child subscribes to the spirit and program of the Tarcisians and promise to carry out its obligation to the best of his ability.
Memberships: Any boy or girl, regardless of age, is eligible for membership. It used to be necessary to be inscribed in the books of an authorized Secretariat of the League to gain the indulgences, but this is not the case anymore.
If it is kept in mind that the League of Tarcisians is an auxiliary to the Enthronement, an apostolate for the extension of the Reign of the Sacred Heart in the home, it will not be difficult to find an outlet for the zeal of the youthful apostles. In those places where there is a Secretariate of the Enthronement, their activities should be coordinated with those of the Centre, and, in certain cases, be under its direction.
The Tarcisians can begin to be apostles in their own school and in their own homes; among their playmates, especially those in the public schools; among their relatives and friends of the family; in other schools and institutions, through personal contact and correspondence clubs. As stated in article 22 of the Statutes the members are urged to adopt a mission, either at home or in a foreign country, in order to introduce or develop the Social Reign of the Sacred Heart, by means of the Enthronement, here again we point out that a unit of an organization like the Catholic Students Mission Crusade, can carry out the program of prayers to the Sacred Heart, sacrifice, and Masses and Communions, for the Reign of the Sacred Heart in the Missions in which the unit is interested.
Of course what has been said above about the promotion of the work of the Enthronement, holds true of the auxiliary League of Night Adoration in the Home. A true Tarcisian will need no urging, when it is a question of giving consolation to the King, or getting others to make reparation to Him in their own homes. Since an apostle is, according to Father Mateo’s striking definition “a chalice filled to the brim with Jesus, and overflowing on souls”, then what better way for a Tarcisian to fill the chalice of his heart with love for Jesus and enkindle that love in the hearts of others - in other words, what better way to be a true apostle - than at the foot of the tabernacle during the half-hour of adoration in chapel or church, or in the “little church” which is his own home, where he makes his half hour or hour of night adoration in reparation to the King?
If the Tarcisian cannot do anything else, he can always try to give “Three Golden Pennies” of prayers, sacrifice and Eucharistic fervour, and in this way be a true apostle of the Sacred Heart. This is the foundation of the crusade of junior apostles, and without it, external activity, will not produce any great or lasting results.
OUTLINE OF THE LEAGUE OF THE TARCISIANS OF THE SACRED HEART
I. The League of the Tarcisians: What is it?
1. It is an auxiliary association of children (boys and girls) to the Enthronement of the Sacred Heart in the Home, for the extension of the Social Reign of the Sacred Heart.
2. It is one form of the Apostolate of the Sacred Heart of Jesus.
3. This band of “Junior Crusaders” is not an organization, “it is a life” which aims to make children real “Apostles of the Sacred Heart.”
4. The League is one of the movements which have resulted from the work of the Enthronement. The League was first approved by Pope Benedict XV in 1919.
II. Why the name: “Tarcisians”?
The name is taken in memory of the boy martyr St. Tarcisius, who carried the Blessed Sacrament to the early Christians in prison. Like Tarcisius, boys and girls of the League desire to carry the knowledge and love of Jesus to other souls, especially their families.
III. Purposes of the Movement:
1. General Purposes:
To cultivate the spirit of the Devotion to the Sacred Heart which is:
a. A spirit of love--to increase in our boys and girls a greater knowledge and love of the Sacred Heart of Jesus; especially in the Holy Eucharist.
b. A spirit of reparation by which we may assist them to strive, in as far as possible, to make reparation for the sins of the world by acts of self-denial.
c. A spirit of the Apostolate, through which the Reign of the Sacred Heart in families and in society is promoted.
2. Specific Purposes:
a. To group children of both genders into a strong band of Apostles of the Social Reign of the Sacred Heart.
b. To foster the work of the Apostolate of the Enthronement of the Sacred Heart in the Home and other auxiliary movements, e. g. Night Adoration, the Apostolate of the Suffering, etc.
c. To do any special work designated by the spiritual directors and directresses in keeping with the prime movement, namely: The Enthronement of the Sacred Heart in the Home.
IV. The Basic Idea: Why enlist children in this Apostolate?
1. Children are the chosen friends of Christ, and as such their prayers are all powerful with the Heart of Jesus.
2. Experience has taught those engaged in this apostolate of the Sacred Heart that children are the most valuable helpers in the work of making Sacred Heart better known and loved.
3. It is found that best way of winning families to the Sacred Heart is to win over the children. Where the efforts of priests and sisters are fruitless, the children have been able to "break the rock” and produce unexpected results.
4. It is important to teach children the meaning of sacrifice as an important element in our Faith and especially is this true in view of our present trends in education.
V. Membership Plan:
1. Membership: Any or girl, wishing to subscribe to the spirit of the League of Tarcisians is eligible for membership.
2. There are no age limits either maximum or minimum, hence little children as well as high school students can be members.
3. A child becomes a member either:
a. Privately without ceremony, or
b. As a member of a group with a formal ceremony.
4. When a Tarcisian is admitted formally into the League there should be a solemn ceremony according to the Ceremonial.
Probation: Whether the reception of members is private or formal, i. e., solemn and public, a period of probation should precede all admissions.
As to probation, it has been noted that in one place, the Sister in charge of Tarcisians requests the parents to submit a report on the conduct of the candidate during the time of probation, particularly as regards the spirit of prayer, sacrifice, and obedience. Senior Tarcisians may also sponsor new candidates.
Children who have not made their First Communion may earn “Golden Pennies” by visits to the Blessed Sacrament.
VI. How to Start:
1. Explain to the children the great desire of the Sacred Heart to be loved by all; show that He is not loved in return by many boys and girls, and by grown-ups.
2. Tell them that the Sacred Heart wants apostles and missionaries to make Him known and loved, and to help Him become King of homes and society.
3. Show them that they can become missionaries, like the Little Flower, like St. Tarcisius; tell them the story of the “Three Golden Pennies”.
4. Tell them about the Tarcisians, and how they can become members. Distribute the explanatory leaflet.
5. Tell the story of Tarcisius, Martyr, (feast is August 15). Later it can be dramatized.
6. Explain the obligations of the Association - but that they do not bind under sin (see obligations). Select a few boys and girls; ask them if they would like to join.
7. If there is to be a solemn ceremony, set a date for the official inauguration of the movement, let us say, a First Friday.
8. The private admission of a child as a Tarcisian might be, in certain cases, the best way to start the work in a school. All that is necessary is that the name of the child be registered with the secretariat at any time as a member and subscribe to the spirit of the Enthronement and to promise to carry out the obligations to the best of its ability.
9. If proper cooperation can be obtained, a solemn reception is strongly urged wherever possible since it will add to interest, stability, and unity of the work.
10. New members can be appropriately received on the Feast of the Sacred Heart, on the Feast of Christ the King, or on August 15th, the Feast of the patron, St. Tarcisius, or on any other convenient day.
VII. The Solemn Reception
1. If and when there is a solemn reception or admission, it should take place in a chapel or church, and if possible be presided over by a priest.
2. The Ceremonial calls for medals, manuals, and membership cards. These are blessed at the ceremony when a priest presides. If no priest is present, the medals, etc., are blessed before hand and given to the new members according to the Ceremonial. (As those are not necessarily easily obtained, we are including a picture of them, as you might be able to find something suitable locally)
3. If the ceremony is to take place without a priest, the Director/tress will take the priest’s place in all that is not exclusively reserved to the priesthood.
4. All children, not only the Tarcisians who are being inducted into the League should be asked to witness the admission ceremony and participate in the prayers and songs of the ceremonial.
5. Benediction should follow the ceremony.
6. Any approved hymns of the Sacred Heart may be used for the ceremonial, but we suggest the Tarcisian hymn or the Enthronement hymn.
VIII. What to do next?
1. A monthly informal meeting is recommended.
2. Remind the members of the indulgences for the month.
3. There might be a monthly group Communion. If it cannot be held, one should be arranged for at least annually. (Let us say, on the Feast of the Sacred Heart, the Feast of Christ the King, or August 15, St. Tarcisius, or some other appropriate day.)
4. The Act of Reparation should be said in common before the Blessed Sacrament.
5. A social and recreational program is recommended in connection with this annual day.
6. A suitable sermon could be given by the Spiritual Director.
IX. Obligations: The obligations of the League of Tarcisians are as follows:
1. To recite frequently: “Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, I love You!” “Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, Thy Kingdom Come!”
2. To assist at Holy Mass as often as possible.
3. To offer Holy Communion for the extension of the Social Reign of the Sacred Heart once a week or once a month.
4. To make half an hour of adoration and reparation once a week or once a month, for the extension of the Reign of the Sacred Heart. (During the school year this half hour of adoration and reparation be made successively in a church or chapel, at least on feast days, so that on those days the Tarcisians will watch continually before the Eucharistic Heart of Jesus. This is only recommended and not obligatory.)
5. To offer frequently, especially on Fridays, sacrifices especially acts of obedience for the extension of the Reign of the Sacred Heart.
6. To faithfully assist at meetings and feasts of the League.
X. Other Recommended Practices and Ideals of this Youth Apostolate of the Sacred Heart.
1. To repeat daily the obligatory invocations:
“Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, I love you!" “Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, Thy Kingdom Come!”
2. To get other boys and girls to join the League.
3. Have the Sacred Heart enthroned in their own homes and those of the relatives and friends.
4. Where homes have had the Enthronement, Children should encourage their families live the Enthronement, v. g. by renewal of the Consecration to the Sacred Heart daily at night prayers or after the family Rosary.
5.To make the nine First Fridays and to spread this devotion.
6. Have a Mass said by the League at their own expense, once a month for the extension of the Social Reign of the Sacred Heart.
7. Adopt a foreign mission, giving both spiritual and temporal alms. (This is suggested in view of the further extension of the Social Reign of the Sacred Heart.)
8. Make a Holy Hour, in common or in private in the home, and to encourage this practice in others.
9. A yearly retreat should be held.
- 1. Plenary Indulgences, under the usual conditions, may be gained:
a. On the day of solemn admission into the League (i. e., for those who are received on that day.)
b. For all the members:
1. The day on which they make their monthly Communion.
2. The First Friday of every month.
3. Once a month, if they have received Holy Communion at least four times a week.
4. On the following feasts: Christmas, Easter, Ascension, Corpus Christi, the Feast of the Sacred Heart, the Feast of the Eucharistic Heart of Jesus (Thursday in the Octave of the Feast of the Sacred Heart), the Feast of Christ the King, Pentecost, the Immaculate Conception, the Annunciation, the Assumption, the Feast of St. Joseph, (Mar. 19), St. John the Evangelist, (Dec. 27), St. Thomas Aquinas, (Mar. 7), St. Pascal Baylon (May 17), St. Tarcisius, Martyr (Aug. 15th), St. Margaret Mary Alacoque (Oct. 17), St. Teresa of Infant Jesus (Oct. 4), All Saints (Nov. 1).
- 2. Partial Indulgences:
a. Seven years, each time members make a half hour of adoration before the Blessed Sacrament.
b. 100 days, each time they perform an act of devotion, obedience, or mortification in honour of the Eucharistic Heart of Jesus.
c. 300 days, each time they assist at the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass praying for the intentions of the League.
XII. Relationship to Children’s Parish Organisations:
l. The Work and program of this Apostolate can be adopted by any existing organizations, e. g., Sodalities of Our Lady; Catholic Action Groups; Apostleship of Prayer; Altar Boys Societies; Knights and Handmaids of the Blessed Sacrament; Eucharistic Committees; Praesidia of the Legion of Mary, etc.
Hence, one does not need to erect a new organization to start this Work, but its program and spirit can be taken over by any existing group and made to fit into their program.
3. The League of Tarcisians is a powerful contributing factor in the spiritual and moral development of the boy and girl, according to the promises of the Sacred Heart to sanctity all those who Work in His interests.
XIII. Relationship to the “Enthronement” and other Auxiliaries:
The original basis of all auxiliary leagues, whether Tarcisian or Nocturnal Adoration, etc. is the “Enthronement”. Hence, the Tarcisian movement should always tend toward the Enthronement. None of the auxiliary movements which have resulted from the Work of the Enthronement should become independent, so as not to lose the original spirit and purpose.
SUGGESTED OUTLINE OF MEETING
1. Opening prayer
Our Father, Hail Mary, Ejaculations:
Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, I love You. (3 times)
Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, Thy Kingdom come. (3 times)
Immaculate Heart of Mary, pray for us.
St. Joseph, pray for us.
St. Margaret Mary, pray for us.
Little Flower of Jesus, pray for us.
3. Reports, discussions, etc.
4. Talk by Moderator
5. Short reading (from Jesus, King of Love, Six Discourses, My Half Hour with Jesus or King’s Reign)
6. Tarcisian Hymn.
7. Closing prayer:
Renewal of Act of Consecration, from manual; or short prayer: DAILY PRAYER from manual: or Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be . . . and Ejaculations: Most Sacred Heart of Jesus . . . etc.
NOTE: The meeting may be preceded or followed by a half-hour of adoration made in common; or by a visit to the Blessed Sacrament, using the prayers found in the manual, or other prayers.
HYMN OF THE TARCISIANS
1. We love Thee, Lord, and we will love Thee ever.
We long to see Thy Heart triumph and reign.
We long to help all souls to know and love Thee;
For this we all our joy and pain.
Yes, He must reign the Sovereign King of nations!
His love must be acknowledged and adored
Adveniat! must be our prayer unceasing,
Adveniat! O Heart of Christ Our Lord.
2. We promise Thee to fight against temptation
To offer Thee our prayer, our work, our play,
That Thou mayst reign in every home and country
That all men’s hearts may bend beneath Thy sway.
3. Yes, we are Thine, Thine own, Thy child apostles,
And Thou didst love the little ones of yore,
So let us comfort Thee, O dearest Jesus,
This is the grace today We Thee implore.
4. Bless us, dear Lord and bless all hearts that love Thee,
Bless Thou our homes, where Thou dost reign as King
Grant us the grace to win more hearts to love Thee
Grant us the grace more homes to Thee to bring.
5. O King of Love, accept our weak endeavour,
See us Thy children gathered round Thee now.
We long to haste the coming of Thy Kingdom,
The day when all to Thy sweet yoke will bow.
We will try to record the melody of the hymn of the Tarcisians in the next few weeks and will include it here
STORY OF ST. TARCISIUS
During the early days of Christianity, when Mass was held in the catacombs, there was a group of Christians being held in prison. They longed to receive spiritual nourishment from the Holy Eucharist but there was no one who could take it to them. If the bishop or the priests were to go, they would surely be murdered. Although Tarcisius was only a young boy, he begged to be allowed to help with this important mission. After some hesitation, the bishop agreed to let Tarcisius carry Jesus to the prisoners.
The hosts were carefully wrapped in cloth and placed in a container which Tarcisius carefully held close to his breast as he began his treacherous journey. As he was nearing the prison with the Blessed Sacrament clutched close, he passed some school mates who were playing a game. They invited Tarcisius to join them, but he refused. One of them noticed that he was carrying something and they began to taunt him about what it might be that he was protecting so carefully. The boys then realized that Tarcisius was a Christian and that he was carrying a Christian "mystery". They tried to pry the Blessed Sacrament from him but Tarcisius would not let go. So the boys beat him until he was near death. Along came a Roman soldier who pulled Tarcisius away from the boys and took him away to a quiet place. It was there that Tarcisius discovered that the Roman soldier was really a Christian as well. Tarcisius handed his Treasure to the soldier and asked him to carry it to the prison for him. Then he died in the soldiers arms.
WHERE CAN I GET THE HALF-HOUR PRAYER BOOKLETS, MEDALS AND OTHER LEAFLETS?
from the National Enthronement Center
P.O. Box 111
Fairhaven, MA 02719-0111
Tel. (508) 999-2680
Fax (508) 993-8233