Saturday, October 27, 2012

Monstrance vs Monster: Why the Eucharist is the original anti-vampire weapon

Forget stakes and garlic and sunlight. When a REAL vampire-hunter like Van Helsing goes after the undead, his go-to weapon is the Blessed Sacrament (shown above).

The Blessed Sacrament is another name for a consecrated communion wafer. What's the big deal about that? OK, well, traditionally Christians have believed that Jesus has more superpowers than Superman. Even the Muslims believe that Jesus was an authentic prophet who was born of a virgin. And Jesus is known as the Bread of Life, and when He instituted the ceremony of the Last Supper, or Holy Communion, He said 'This is My Body.'

So, the consecrated Host has all the superhero-y powers of Jesus Himself. Do you think an evil vampire can stand up against that? Dracula would probably burst into flames if you touched a communion wafer to him.

(On the other hand, if you have a Christian vampire who confesses his sins--- and avoids committing new ones--- could not only stand to be touched by the Blessed Sacrament, he could actually take communion. Since the Church teaches that the Blessed Sacrament--- both the bread and the wine--- contains the Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity of Jesus--- it's likely a Christian vampire who took communion wouldn't feel the hunger for blood afterwards, but would be satisfied. Kind of like regular Christians who take communion.)

The Blessed Sacrament, when the communion service is over, is kept in a special box called a tabernacle and is always in any Catholic church. That's why, if a vampire is after you, go to the nearest Catholic church without delay.

Praying in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament is a very cool and very powerful thing. When the Sacrament is put out for the people to see, it is put in a special container called a monstrance. 'Monstrance' comes from the Latin word meaning 'to show forth' or some such. Our word 'monster' comes from the same root, but a monster is showing forth a far different thing. Evil, in the case of many monsters--- to which the Content of the monstrance is an effective counter-measure.

 Due to improved vampire-hunting techniques, we no longer have many vampires in the Upper Midwest. But we do have abortionists which are pretty much the same thing. On my favorite Christian television channel, EWTN, I heard a priest preaching about the power of the Eucharist. He told about a Eucharistic procession--- where they parade down the street with the Blessed Sacrament in a monstrance. This particular procession passed the local abortion mill. About a week later, the abortion mill closed, and the abortionist quit the business.

Another Eucharistic procession story is that a woman saw the procession in her car, wondered what it was all about, couldn't forget it, and winded up becoming a Catholic.

There are loads of other, modern-day stories like this you can hear from anyone who is involved with Eucharistic Adoration and processions. Makes me think that all those pathetic paranormal TV shows have it all wrong--- if they want to see something really supernatural, instead of bumming around allegedly haunted taverns looking for spirits, they should investigate the Eucharist.

(Protestants/Evangelicals may feel the whole Eucharistic Adoration thing is weird and/or wrong. But it's part of our common Christian heritage going back millennia, and there are Bible verses that clearly support such practices--- if you look at them objectively.)

You can find a live image of the Blessed Sacrament online.  You should put it on your favorites list, and if a vampire comes, put the image on your screen and show it to him. DON'T do this when the vampire is standing on the good rug, though. (You've been warned.)

And I was wondering. We all know that whatever has the image of a Weeping Angel becomes a Weeping Angel, so if you view the image of a Weeping Angel on your computer, your computer is now a Weeping Angel. But what happens if you view the image of the Blessed Sacrament on your computer?  Does your computer acquire the power of the Blessed Sacrament? I'll bet it for-sure gets the Weeping Angels out of your computer better than your anti-virus software does.

What is Eucharistic Adoration?
Live Image of the Blessed Sacrament for Eucharistic Adoration

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