Following is the fifth of thirteen posts presenting the entirety of Chapter XI sections 469 to 492 from Sister Mother Mary of Agreda’s ‘The Mystical City of God’ Book II of the Transfixion.
Christ Our Savior Celebrates The Sacramental Supper, Consecrating His True And Sacred Body And Blood In The Holy Eucharist; His Prayers And Petitions; The Communion Of His Blessed Mother And Other Mysteries Of This Occasion.
477. “By the justification of these Sacraments men shall become fit to share in the highest token of My love in the exile of this their mortal life;
namely, to receive Me sacramentally under the species of bread and wine in an ineffable manner.
Under the species of bread I shall leave My body, and under the species of wine, My blood.
In each of them I shall be present really and truly and I institute this mysterious sacrament of the Eucharist as a heavenly nourishment proportioned to their condition as wayfaring men; for their sake shall I work these miracles and remain with them until the end of the coming ages (Matthew 28, 20).
For the strengthening and defense of those, who approach the end of their lives, I moreover appoint the sacrament of Extreme Unction, which shall at the same time be a certain pledge of the bodily resurrection of those thus anointed.
In order that all may contribute proportionately to the sanctification of the members of the mystical body of the Church, in which by the most harmonious and orderly co-operation all must have their proper position, I institute the sacrament of Ordination to distinguish and mark some of its members by a special degree of holiness and place them above the other faithful as fit ministers of the Sacraments and as My chosen priests.
Although they derive all their powers from Me, I nevertheless wish that it should flow from Me through one of their number, who shall be My Vicar and the Chief, representing My Person and act as My high priest. Into his keeping I deposit the keys of heaven and him all upon earth shall obey.
For the further perfection of My Church I also establish the last of the Sacraments, Matrimony, to sanctify the natural union of man and wife for the propagation of the human race.
Thus shall all the grades of My Church be enriched and adorned by My infinite merits.
This, eternal Father, is My last will, whereby I make all the mortals inheritors of My merits in the great storehouse of grace, My new Church.”
478. This prayer Christ our Redeemer made in the presence of the Apostles, but without any exterior manifestation.
The most blessed Mother, who from her retreat observed and followed Him, prostrated Herself upon the floor and, as His Mother, offered to the eternal Father the same petitions as her Son.
Although She could not add anything to the merits of the works of her divine Son, nevertheless, as on other occasions, She, as His Helpmate, united her petitions with His, in order that by her faithful companionship She might move the eternal Father to so much the greater mercy.
And the Father looked upon them both, graciously accepting the prayers respectively of the Son and Mother for the salvation of men.
Besides prayer, her divine Son left the performance of yet another work in her charge. In order to understand what this was, it must be remembered (as I mentioned in the preceding chapter) that Lucifer was present at the washing of the Apostles’ feet, and that, being forced to remain and witness the doings of Christ in the Cenacle, he astutely conjectured some great blessings to be intended for the Apostles.
Although the dragon felt his forces much diminished and altogether unavailing against the Redeemer, he nevertheless sought with implacable fury and pride to spy out these mysteries for the concoction of future malicious plans.
The great Lady perceived these intentions of Lucifer and knew that the foiling of them was to be left in her hands.
Therefore, inflamed by zeal and love for the Most High, She, as sovereign Queen, commanded the dragon and all his squadrons to leave the hall and descend to the depths of hell.
479. To accomplish this the arm of the Almighty gave new power to the Blessed Virgin, so that neither the rebellious Lucifer nor all his hosts could resist. They were hurled into the infernal abysses, there to remain until… (to be continued in Part 6)
[See ‘Part VI‘ for the next section of this XIII part series]