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Posted on 02/19/2005 10:59:55 AM PST by Salvation
|Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament
|For the Year of the Eucharist, my parish is having all-day adoration and benediction of the Blessed Sacrament. I just recently moved here and I am not familiar with this practice at all. Can you explain it?
Unfortunately, the lack of familiarity with exposition and benediction of the Blessed Sacrament is not uncommon these days. I remember when I was growing up in the '60s, that on special occasions my home parish, St. Bernadette Church in Springfield, had exposition and benediction.
There remains, therefore, no room for doubting that all of the faithful of Christ, in accordance with the perpetual custom of the Catholic Church, must venerate this most holy sacrament with the worship of latria which is due to the true God. Nor is it to be less adored because it was instituted by Christ the Lord to be received. For in it we believe that the same God is present Whom the eternal Father brought into the world, saying, "Let all Gods angels worship Him," Whom the Magi fell down to worship, and Whom, finally, the Apostles adored in Galilee as Scripture testifies....The Council condemned those who rejected this teaching and those that held
that the sacrament is not to be honored with special festive celebrations nor solemnly carried in processions according to the praise-worthy universal rite and custom of the holy Church, or that it is not to be publicly exposed for the peoples adoration....In his recent teachings, our Holy Father has emphasized the importance of adoration of the Blessed Sacrament:
The worship of the Eucharist outside the Sacrifice of the Mass is a tribute of inestimable value in the life of the Church. Such worship is closely linked to the celebration of the Eucharistic Sacrifice... It is the responsibility of pastors to encourage, also by their personal witness, the practice of Eucharistic adoration, and exposition of the Blessed Sacrament in particular, as well as prayer of adoration before Christ present under the Eucharistic species (Ecclesia de Eucharistia, No. 25).In proclaiming the Year of the Eucharist (October 2004-October 2005), the Holy Father again exhorted the faithful:
During this year, Eucharistic adoration outside Mass should become a particular commitment for individual parish and religious communities. Let us take the time to kneel before Jesus present in the Eucharist, in order to make reparation by our faith and love for the acts of carelessness and neglect, and even the insults that our Savior must endure in many parts of the world. Let us deepen through adoration our personal and communal contemplation, drawing upon aids to prayer inspired by the word of God and the experience of so many mystics, old and new. The rosary itself, when it is profoundly understood in the biblical and christocentric form, which I recommended in the apostolic letter "Rosarium Virginis Mariae," will prove a particularly fitting introduction to Eucharistic contemplation, a contemplation carried out with Mary as our companion and guide (Mane nobiscum Domine, No. 18).
In a very personal way, our Holy Father also reflected,
It is pleasant to spend time with Him, to lie close to His breast like the Beloved Disciple, and to feel the infinite love present in His heart. If in our time, Christians must be distinguished above all by the "art of prayer," how can we not feel a renewed need to spend time in spiritual converse, in silent adoration, in heartfelt love before Christ present in the Most Holy Sacrament? How often dear brothers and sisters, have I experienced this, and drawn from it strength, consolation, and support! (Ecclesia de Eucharistia, No. 25).Many parishes have exposition and benediction of the Blessed Sacrament weekly in conjunction with novena prayers or as part of their perpetual adoration program. Others have added this devotion during the Year of the Eucharist. Please inquire whether your parish has this beautiful devotion to our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament. Take time this Lent for prayer before the Blessed Sacrament. As our Lord said to the Apostles in the Garden of Gethsemani: "Could you not stay awake with Me one hour?" What will be our answer?
Fr. Saunders is pastor of Our Lady of Hope Parish in Potomac Falls and a professor of catechetics and theology at Notre Dame Graduate School in Alexandria. If you enjoy reading Fr. Saunders' work, his new book entitled Straight Answers (400 pages) is available at the Pauline Book and Media Center of Arlington, Virginia (703/549-3806).
(This article courtesy of the Arlington Catholic Herald.)
How many parishes have Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament scheduled regularly?
After Adoration on First Fridays?
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We do it on Tuesdays and Thursdays...our pastor is working us up to perpetual...we often have people who aren't signed up there, as well as the regularly scheduled.
We have one parish in town that offers perpetual adoration. I've considered signing up for an hour a week. I should look into that.
I am so impressed with both of your parishes!
You should look into that...you will be amazed how much adoration does for your faithwalk...
On days we don't have adoration, the church is still open...just being near to the tabernacle is a holy thing.
At Our Lady of Walsingham Catholic Church (an Pastoral Provision personal parish of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston),we have Exposition from 12:00 Noon to 7:00 PM on Tuesday, concluded by solemn evensong and Benediction.
This is done in the Lady Chapel, which is a replica of the Holy House at Walsingham, England (of course, the original Holy House was in Nazareth, and thus the Holy House in Walsingham, built at Our Lady's direction to the widow Richeldis in 1061, gave Walsingham the title of "England's Nazareth").
I learn something every day.
Had no idea of a Little Nazareth in England. Wow -- and with a replica in Texas, to boot!
We also have a church here with 24/7 adoration. So far, I just sign up for the First Fridays from 12:00 noon to 6:00 PM at my little parish.
I've had about three people ask me to sign up at the downtown chapel. Hmmmm. Guess there's a message there.
Adoration and benediction is on EWTN Sundays at 6 PM and Wednesdays at 11 PM (EST).
**but I had nearly no idea what was going on the first time I saw one. **
Quite revealing. Thank you for sharing.
On the north coast scheduled Benediction is rare and is what I think of as "Benediction Lite" (no cope, humeral veil, incense, bells or traditional chants).
When exposition/adoration occurs, it is normally without a priest's involvement. It is handeled by a lay "eucharistic minister".
Every Thursday! With the orginal Latin songs ,adoration,incense, Divine Praises! Led by the priest! No Lay men or definitely no women, except to adore the blessed Sacrament.