CNA Staff, Sep 14, 2020 / 11:00 am
A Canadian bishop has announced a month-long prayer of reparation after the cathedral’s tabernacle was stolen and later found dumped in a nearby canal.
Bishop Gerard Bergie of the Diocese of St. Catharines, Ontario, requested on September 11 that Catholics offer a prayer of reparation from Monday, Sept. 14--the Feast of the Triumph of the Cross--until Monday, October 12, which is the date of Canada’s Thanksgiving holiday.
“The Blessed Sacrament has been desecrated and our Eucharistic Lord has been harmed at the hands of thieves,” said Bergie in the letter. “When this happens, the Church in her wisdom asks that we make reparation for the harm that has been done.”
In addition to the prayer, Bergie requested that the priests of his diocese celebrate a Mass in honor of the Blessed Sacrament once a week.
The text of the prayer, published by the bishop Sept. 12, addresses the Trinity, acknowledges the “outrages” committed against the presence of Christ in the sacrament, and offers prayers for the conversion of sinners.
“O Most Holy Trinity, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, I adore Thee profoundly,” reads the prayer.
“I offer Thee the most precious Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Jesus Christ present in all the tabernacles of the world, in reparation for the outrages, sacrileges and indifferences by which He is offended. By the infinite merits of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary I beg the conversion of poor sinners. Amen.”
Video footage captured two people, believed to be a man and a woman, breaking into the St. Catherine of Alexandria Cathedral in St. Catharines at approximately 4:30 a.m. on September 8. Fr. Donald Lizzotti, the rector of the cathedral, told CNA that he believed the thieves had previously cased the cathedral to determine how to steal the tabernacle.