2013-05-30

World Eucharistic Adoration on June 2nd

Of all devotions, that of adoring Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament is the greatest after the Sacraments, the one dearest to God and the one most helpful to us.
St. Alphonsus Liguori
 
Adoration means entering the depths of our hearts in communion with the Lord, who makes Himself bodily present in the Eucharist. In the monstrance, He always entrusts Himself to us and asks to be united with His Presence, with His risen Body.

Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI
 
On Sunday, June 2nd, Catholics all over the world will have the opportunity to visit their local Catholic church and participate in Eucharistic Adoration, knowing that they are among the millions who will do so at the same time.
 
 
 
 
What is Eucharistic Adoration?
 
Eucharistic Adoration is, quite simply, the exposition of the Eucharist for public viewing within the church.

At his last meal on the night before He died, Jesus blessed the bread and the wine and then He passed them around to his apostles. Jesus announced that when they ate the bread and drank the wine, they were partaking in his body and blood. Thus, when a priest blesses the Eucharist and the wine in an act called transubstantiation, the Eucharist literally becomes the body and the bloody of Christ.
 
I invite you to take some time with me to prepare for Worldwide Eucharistic Adoration this coming Sunday, June 2nd. Be reminded of the importance of Eucharist Adoration, as illustrated in this video.
 
 
 
What Must I do to Participate in Eucharistic Adoration?
 
You might want to check with your local church to see if there is a Eucharistic Procession that you can participate in. A Eucharistic procession is a procession of congregants led by the priest who holds the Monstrance containing the Eucharist The usually involves a short walk along the sidewalk or on church grounds. If there is nothing formally planned at your church, you may also:
  • Demonstrate reverence by kneeling and making a sign of the cross upon entering and leaving the chuch
  • Sit quietly while being in the presence of God
  • Seek forgiveness for transgressions from God
  • Intercede for others in conversation with God
  • Pray the Rosary offering it up for the following intentions
    •  the church and its mission of mercy;
    • for the needs of those who suffer, including victims of war, the unemployed, the sick, immigrants and prisoners.
  • Recite prayers or reflect on readings inspired during this time (i.e. Magnificat)
  • Recite the Liturgy of the Hours

This is a unique event, which has never happened before in the history of the church. I hope this is helpful to you and will encourage you to participate in this special event. See you on Sunday!

Peace of Christ,

Peter's Bride


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