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Vatican tries to revive Eucharistic adoration
Christian Century ^ | June 16, 2011 | Francis X. Rocca

Posted on 06/16/2011 12:24:16 PM PDT by NYer

VATICAN CITY (RNS) For seven centuries, Eucharistic adoration -- praying before an exposed consecrated Communion host -- was one of the most popular forms of devotion in the Roman Catholic Church, the focus of beloved prayers and hymns and a distinctive symbol of Catholic identity.

Following the modernizing reforms of the Second Vatican Council (1962-65), the practice fell from favor, especially in Europe and the U.S. But over the last decade, under Popes John Paul II and Benedict XVI, the church has strongly encouraged a revival of the practice.

"No one eat this flesh, if he has not adored it before; for we sin if we do not adore," Benedict said, quoting St. Augustine, in a 2009 speech at the Vatican.

Next week (June 20-24), the Salesian Pontifical University in Rome will host an academic conference on Eucharistic adoration, where the speakers will include six prominent cardinals, focusing on the rediscovery of the practice.

At the same time, however, some theologians object to adoration as outdated and unnecessary, and warn that it can lead to misunderstandings and undo decades of progress in educating lay Catholics on the meaning of the sacrament.

Monsignor Kevin W. Irwin, dean of the School of Theology and Religious Studies at the Catholic University of America, said Eucharistic adoration by the laity originated in the 13th century as a substitute for receiving Communion at Mass. 

At the same time, he said, the church often encouraged a believer's sense of "personal unworthiness" to receive the sacrament -- which Catholics believe to be the body of Christ -- so many resorted to so-called "ocular communion" instead.

Eucharistic adoration was also used as a teaching tool to reaffirm the doctrine of the "real presence" of Christ in the Eucharist, said the Rev. Richard P. McBrien, a noted theologian at the University of Notre Dame.

For instance, McBrien said, devotion grew during the 16th- and 17th-century Counter-Reformation, in response to the arguments of some Protestant Reformers that the Eucharist was merely a symbol, not the actual body of Christ.

In the days when priests celebrated Mass in Latin with minimal participation by the congregation, the hymns and prayers associated with adoration gave lay Catholics an opportunity for public worship, Irwin said.

Liturgical reforms after Vatican II greatly increased the laity's participation at Mass, which Irwin said satisfied the "felt need for participation in public prayer." Irwin called that an "underlying reason" for the practice's decline.

In his final encyclical, Ecclesia de Eucharistia (2003), John Paul decried the rise of a "very reductive understanding of the Eucharistic Mystery" that discourages adoration. He and Benedict have unambiguously endorsed the practice.

In 2005, according to Vatican statistics, there were about 2,500 chapels around the world -- including 1,100 in the U.S. -- that offered so-called "perpetual" round-the-clock adoration. Many other parishes now offer "holy hours," when the consecrated host is exposed for silent prayer or for services that include readings and hymns.

Adoration is also central to the Catholic Charismatic Renewal, one of the church's most dynamic and fast-growing movements, especially in the developing world.

American college students have proven particularly receptive to the revival of Eucharist adoration. Catholic University's student chapel regularly draws 150 or more to its two weekly holy hours of adoration, according to the campus chaplain, the Rev. Jude DeAngelo.

"There is somewhat more of an intimacy" in prayer before the exposed host, says Brett Garland, a CUA undergraduate from Ohio who's majoring in theology and religious studies. "There's a difference, too, because you know others have come there for that same reason. It's a call to prayer."

Adoration appeals because it facilitates a "passive spiritual experience," said Adam Wilson, a spokesman for the Virginia-based Cardinal Newman Society. "It's a place where our Lord reaches out to the person, with the person having to do nothing but be present to our Lord," Wilson said.

The Cardinal Newman Society, which promotes a traditional sense of religious identity at Catholic colleges and universities, has sponsored a traveling campus exhibition on "Eucharistic Miracles" and recently released an online video promoting adoration among college students.

It is also appealing, Irwin said, as an "external manifestation of a unique Catholic identity," much like other traditional practices that have regained popularity, such as meatless Fridays.

Irwin also noted adoration's appeal to a growing number of divorced and remarried Catholics, who are forbidden to receive Communion but may participate in adoration. In addition, parishes that lack full-time priests are able to offer adoration as a form of communal worship in lieu of Mass.

McBrien acknowledged that some Catholics find adoration "spiritually enriching," but said many liturgists see it is a "step back into the Middle Ages."

"It distorts the meaning of the Eucharist," McBrien said. "It erodes the communal aspect, and it erodes the fact that the Eucharist is a meal. Holy Communion is something to be eaten, not to be adored."

For that reason, McBrien said, the practice should be "tolerated but not encouraged."



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KEYWORDS: adoration; eucharist; eucharisticadoration
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1 posted on 06/16/2011 12:24:17 PM PDT by NYer
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To: netmilsmom; thefrankbaum; Tax-chick; GregB; saradippity; Berlin_Freeper; Litany; SumProVita; ...

Ping!


2 posted on 06/16/2011 12:24:57 PM PDT by NYer ("Be kind to every person you meet. For every person is fighting a great battle." St. Ephraim)
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To: NYer

Isn’t there anything important they could have on their monds?


3 posted on 06/16/2011 12:25:33 PM PDT by Mr. K (CAPSLOCK! -Unleash the fury! [Palin/Bachman 2012- unbeatable ticket])
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To: NYer

We are blessed to have Perpetual Eucharist Adoration @ our Parish.


4 posted on 06/16/2011 12:29:28 PM PDT by frogjerk (Liberalism: The ideology of envy.)
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To: NYer
said the Rev. Richard P. McBrien, a noted theologian at the University of Notre Dame.

Cough, cough,...excuse me.

5 posted on 06/16/2011 12:31:36 PM PDT by frogjerk (Liberalism: The ideology of envy.)
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To: frogjerk

We do it at our Parish on the 1st Saturday of the month right after the Fatima Rosary sponsored by my Knights of Columbus Council.


6 posted on 06/16/2011 12:34:30 PM PDT by massgopguy (I owe everything to George Bailey)
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To: NYer

Poor Fr. McBrien. Once again he illustrates that he just doesn’t understand what he’s talking about.


7 posted on 06/16/2011 12:36:27 PM PDT by StonyMan451
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To: NYer
"It distorts the meaning of the Eucharist," McBrien said. "It erodes the communal aspect, and it erodes the fact that the Eucharist is a meal. Holy Communion is something to be eaten, not to be adored."

Since when are the two mutually exclusive?

I'm just back from lunch at "Fat Man's" and I adored my club sandwich before I ate it.

This guy is a theologian?

8 posted on 06/16/2011 12:37:12 PM PDT by marshmallow (.)
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To: NYer
"No one eat this flesh, if he has not adored it before; for we sin if we do not adore," Benedict said, quoting St. Augustine, in a 2009 speech at the Vatican.

"It distorts the meaning of the Eucharist," McBrien said. "It erodes the communal aspect, and it erodes the fact that the Eucharist is a meal. Holy Communion is something to be eaten, not to be adored." For that reason, McBrien said, the practice should be "tolerated but not encouraged."

Hmmm...which to choose...St. Augustine, probably the Greatest Doctor of Holy Mother Church or Rev Richard O'Brien, heretic....

9 posted on 06/16/2011 12:37:47 PM PDT by frogjerk (Liberalism: The ideology of envy.)
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To: massgopguy
We do it at our Parish on the 1st Saturday of the month right after the Fatima Rosary sponsored by my Knights of Columbus Council

Excellent!

10 posted on 06/16/2011 12:38:46 PM PDT by frogjerk (Liberalism: The ideology of envy.)
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To: NYer
"It distorts the meaning of the Eucharist," McBrien said. "It erodes the communal aspect, and it erodes the fact that the Eucharist is a meal. Holy Communion is something to be eaten, not to be adored."

Next he'll be telling us Mary is the mother of Jesus, but not of God.

11 posted on 06/16/2011 12:39:12 PM PDT by papertyger
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To: StonyMan451

But he just keeps talking (eyeroll)


12 posted on 06/16/2011 12:39:15 PM PDT by pbear8 (the Lord is my light and my salvation)
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To: Mr. K

Catholics believe that the consecrated Host is the body, blood, soul, and divinity of Jesus Christ. If that’s true, then what could be more important than adoring Christ?! It is through adoring (i.e., loving) Christ that the Christian finds purpose of life and strength to continue the struggle to live as He wishes us to live.


13 posted on 06/16/2011 12:39:35 PM PDT by StonyMan451
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To: frogjerk

We too have perpetual adoration. Coincidentally, my time was this morning before work. I have been attending for several years. It is my exclusive time to prayerfully listen to our Lord. It is a wonderful cherished hour of my otherwise hectic week. Father McBrien is so disdainful of what exactly....time with our Eucharistic Lord; time spent in worship and adoration; time spent telling Him our problems and seeking answers. Through this deeply intimate form of adoration you learn to see how the Lord answers our prayers; you grow in discernment seeing His goodness in things not before recognized.


14 posted on 06/16/2011 12:40:34 PM PDT by cthemfly25
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To: cthemfly25
Father McBrien is so disdainful of what exactly....time with our Eucharistic Lord; time spent in worship and adoration; time spent telling Him our problems and seeking answers.

If only Fr. McBrien would just try it for, say, 6 months, I expect his eyes would be opened.

15 posted on 06/16/2011 12:42:24 PM PDT by StonyMan451
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To: Mr. K
Isn’t there anything important they could have on their minds?

Actually, no. There isn't.

Proper worship of Almighty God is absolutely the most important thing that anybody could have on his mind.

Thank you for asking ... it puts our ephemeral human concerns (however important we might think them to be) in their correct place.

God is first.

16 posted on 06/16/2011 12:43:13 PM PDT by ArrogantBustard (Western Civilization is Aborting, Buggering, and Contracepting itself out of existence.)
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To: cthemfly25

Thursday mornings at 5:00am.


17 posted on 06/16/2011 12:43:13 PM PDT by wordsofearnest (Proper aim of giving is to put the recipient in a state where he no longer needs it. C.S. Lewis)
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To: wordsofearnest

6 for me usually followed by Mass....it’s awesome.


18 posted on 06/16/2011 12:45:36 PM PDT by cthemfly25
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To: cthemfly25
Some people worship The Lord in Church.

Some people worship The Lord in the natural expanse of His creation.

Some people worship the lord in the bathroom mirror ...

19 posted on 06/16/2011 12:46:14 PM PDT by ArrogantBustard (Western Civilization is Aborting, Buggering, and Contracepting itself out of existence.)
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To: marshmallow
Do we not adore the Most Blessed Sacrament of the Altar prior to receiving Him at Mass? And how does this adoration take anything away from communion with Jesus?

Pray for the conversion of Fr. McBrien.

20 posted on 06/16/2011 12:46:59 PM PDT by frogjerk (Liberalism: The ideology of envy.)
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To: wordsofearnest

Saturday 8 p.m.


21 posted on 06/16/2011 12:49:27 PM PDT by frogjerk (Liberalism: The ideology of envy.)
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To: cthemfly25

Amen.


22 posted on 06/16/2011 12:50:15 PM PDT by frogjerk (Liberalism: The ideology of envy.)
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To: Mr. K

Bluntly:

No, there isn’t.


23 posted on 06/16/2011 12:50:41 PM PDT by EyeGuy (2012: When the Levee Breaks)
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To: NYer

Our prior bishop felt much the same way about Adoration as the heretic McBrien. So when a local pastor decided to open a Perpetual Adoration chapel here in Johnstown, I asked him how he was going to get the bishop’s approval. Canonically, one must have the bishop’s approval for Perpetual Adoration. The pastor’s answer? “We just won’t do it Saturday night.” He got around the bishop by having it 24 hours a day, from Sunday evenings till Saturday mornings, then closing the chapel from Saturday morning til Sunday evening. He didn’t need to ask permission because technically, it wasn’t “Perpetual.”

Where there’s a will, there’s a way.


24 posted on 06/16/2011 12:51:16 PM PDT by Brian Kopp DPM
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To: NYer

“For that reason, McBrien said, the practice should be “tolerated but not encouraged.”

It’s a Catholic thing...you wouldn’t understand.

Freegards


25 posted on 06/16/2011 12:54:45 PM PDT by Ransomed
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To: NYer
In the days when priests celebrated Mass in Latin with minimal participation by the congregation, the hymns and prayers associated with adoration gave lay Catholics an opportunity for public worship, Irwin said

This non-active participation stuff is a bunch of hogwash. Is not the laity supposed to be praying, meditating and preparing themselves for what is to happen in mere moments in the Mass. Sacred Silence should be celebrated and not condemned as "I'm bored and get nothing out of it, duh..."

26 posted on 06/16/2011 12:56:01 PM PDT by frogjerk (Liberalism: The ideology of envy.)
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To: frogjerk

First Friday of the month 5 AM.


27 posted on 06/16/2011 1:00:10 PM PDT by nomorelurker
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To: NYer

We have 24-7 Adoration in our parish. It has been a vast blessing.


28 posted on 06/16/2011 1:02:00 PM PDT by ottbmare (off-the-track Thoroughbred mare)
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To: frogjerk

If they’re “bored,” they have no business being there.


29 posted on 06/16/2011 1:08:42 PM PDT by papertyger
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To: Dr. Brian Kopp
Our prior bishop felt much the same way about Adoration as the heretic McBrien. So when a local pastor decided to open a Perpetual Adoration chapel here in Johnstown, I asked him how he was going to get the bishop’s approval. Canonically, one must have the bishop’s approval for Perpetual Adoration. The pastor’s answer? “We just won’t do it Saturday night.” He got around the bishop by having it 24 hours a day, from Sunday evenings till Saturday mornings, then closing the chapel from Saturday morning til Sunday evening. He didn’t need to ask permission because technically, it wasn’t “Perpetual.” Where there’s a will, there’s a way.

Matthew 10:16 "Behold I send you as sheep in the midst of wolves. Be therefore wise as serpents and simple as doves."

30 posted on 06/16/2011 1:08:48 PM PDT by frogjerk (Liberalism: The ideology of envy.)
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To: nomorelurker
First Friday of the month 5 AM.


31 posted on 06/16/2011 1:13:26 PM PDT by frogjerk (Liberalism: The ideology of envy.)
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To: ArrogantBustard

well said AB


32 posted on 06/16/2011 1:16:17 PM PDT by Hegewisch Dupa
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To: NYer

OH MAN I hope this is true like other Freeper said we used to have 24 hour adoration back in da day but they brought in this Lib priest they took it out don’t understand why


33 posted on 06/16/2011 1:16:38 PM PDT by SevenofNine ("We are Freepers, all your media belong to us ,resistance is futile")
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To: ArrogantBustard
God is first.

Luke 10:38-42 Now it came to pass, as they went, that he entered into a certain town: and a certain woman named Martha received him into her house. And she had a sister called Mary. who, sitting also at the Lord's feet, heard his word. But Martha was busy about much serving. Who stood and said: Lord, have you no care that my sister has left me alone to serve? Speak to her therefore, that she help me. And the Lord answering, said to her: Martha, Martha, you are careful and are troubled about many things: But one thing is necessary. Mary has chosen the best part, which shall not be taken away from her.

34 posted on 06/16/2011 1:21:02 PM PDT by frogjerk (Liberalism: The ideology of envy.)
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To: Dr. Brian Kopp

Haha! St Pat’s, I assume???


35 posted on 06/16/2011 1:49:41 PM PDT by surroundedbyblue (Live the message of Fatima - pray & do penance!)
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To: frogjerk
" ... Mary has chosen the best part, which shall not be taken away from her. "

Thank you ... you've given me a new perspective on that passage.

36 posted on 06/16/2011 1:50:47 PM PDT by ArrogantBustard (Western Civilization is Aborting, Buggering, and Contracepting itself out of existence.)
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To: NYer

“the Rev. Richard P. McBrien, a noted theologian at the University of Notre Dame”

Oh yeah he is a reliable source./sarc.


37 posted on 06/16/2011 2:14:22 PM PDT by lastchance ("Nisi credideritis, non intelligetis" St. Augustine)
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To: NYer

The article is so very slanted I suspect it’s source to be less than in agreement with Catholic doctrine.


38 posted on 06/16/2011 2:15:48 PM PDT by lastchance ("Nisi credideritis, non intelligetis" St. Augustine)
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To: surroundedbyblue

Yes, and the indomitable Msgr. Biller ;-)

You should hear him tell the story. He’s a riot!


39 posted on 06/16/2011 2:29:57 PM PDT by Brian Kopp DPM
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To: cthemfly25; wordsofearnest

1:00 to 2:00am every Thursday morning. (I’m worthless on Thursdays.)


40 posted on 06/16/2011 2:34:50 PM PDT by Brian Kopp DPM
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To: ArrogantBustard
Some people worship The Lord in Church.

Some people worship The Lord in the natural expanse of His creation.

Some people worship the lord in the bathroom mirror ...

Well said, my friend.

41 posted on 06/16/2011 2:36:12 PM PDT by MarkBsnr (I would not believe in the Gospel if the authority of the Catholic Church did not move me to do so..)
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To: cthemfly25

We are very fortunate to have our adoration chappel open 7 days a week, 24 hrs/day.

It is very well received by our parishioners.


42 posted on 06/16/2011 2:43:25 PM PDT by PDGearhead (Obama's lack of citizenship)
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To: NYer

I’m a relatively new member of a non-RCC form of Catholicism. I joined, was Baptized and Confirmed in the Anglican church about 3 years ago. Fr. McBrien is an ordained member of the clergy of the Roman Catholic Church.

So why is it that I have a deeper appreciation for this practice than he does? Why is it that I have a firmer grasp on the importance of this practice than he does? He’s taken the Holy Orders for crying out loud! He supposedly spent years in training, prayer and meditation to become one of the guiding lights of Christ’s church on Earth. I’m some geek who likes to read a lot.

I would be lying if I said I made a regular practice of participating in Eucharistic Adoration. I’m not even sure if my parish does that, honestly. I should find out. But to say it shouldn’t be encouraged is beyond ridiculous. I certainly hope he finds a way to screw his head back on straight.


43 posted on 06/16/2011 2:47:38 PM PDT by HushTX (I make libs rage quit.)
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To: Mr. K

Honoring God is pretty high on their list obviously. And it should be.


44 posted on 06/16/2011 2:53:37 PM PDT by vladimir998 (When anti-Catholics can't debate they just make stuff up.)
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To: HushTX
I’m a relatively new member of a non-RCC form of Catholicism.

Anglican Ordinariate? I am a Roman Catholic, practicing my faith in a Maronite Catholic Church. Although it is not widely known in our Western world, the Catholic Church is actually a communion of Churches. According to the Constitution on the Church of the Second Vatican Council, Lumen Gentium, the Catholic Church is understood to be "a corporate body of Churches," united with the Pope of Rome, who serves as the guardian of unity (LG, no. 23). At present there are 22 Churches that comprise the Catholic Church. The new Code of Canon Law, promulgated by Pope John Paul II, uses the phrase "autonomous ritual Churches" to describe these various Churches (canon 112). Each Church has its own hierarchy, spirituality, and theological perspective. Because of the particularities of history, there is only one Western Catholic Church, while there are 21 Eastern Catholic Churches. The Western Church, known officially as the Latin Church, is the largest of the Catholic Churches. It is immediately subject to the Roman Pontiff as Patriarch of the West. The Eastern Catholic Churches are each led by a Patriarch, Major Archbishop, or Metropolitan, who governs their Church together with a synod of bishops. Through the Congregation for Oriental Churches, the Roman Pontiff works to assure the health and well-being of the Eastern Catholic Churches.

While this diversity within the one Catholic Church can appear confusing at first, it in no way compromises the Church's unity. In a certain sense, it is a reflection of the mystery of the Trinity. Just as God is three Persons, yet one God, so the Church is 22 Churches, yet one Church.

The Catechism of the Catholic Church summarizes this nicely:

"From the beginning, this one Church has been marked by a great diversity which comes from both the variety of God's gifts and the diversity of those who receive them... Holding a rightful place in the communion of the Church there are also particular Churches that retain their own traditions. The great richness of such diversity is not opposed to the Church's unity" (CCC no. 814).

Although there are 22 Churches, there are only eight "Rites" that are used among them. A Rite is a "liturgical, theological, spiritual and disciplinary patrimony," (Code of Canons of the Eastern Churches, canon 28). "Rite" best refers to the liturgical and disciplinary traditions used in celebrating the sacraments. Many Eastern Catholic Churches use the same Rite, although they are distinct autonomous Churches. For example, the Ukrainian Catholic Church and the Melkite Catholic Church are distinct Churches with their own hierarchies. Yet they both use the Byzantine Rite.

To learn more about the "two lungs" of the Catholic Church, visit this link:

CATHOLIC RITES AND CHURCHES

The Vatican II Council declared that "all should realize it is of supreme importance to understand, venerate, preserve, and foster the exceedingly rich liturgical and spiritual heritage of the Eastern churches, in order faithfully to preserve the fullness of Christian tradition" (Unitatis Redintegrato, 15).

A Roman rite Catholic may attend any Eastern (or Anglican Rite) Catholic Liturgy and fulfill his or her obligations at any Eastern Catholic Parish. A Roman rite Catholic may join any Eastern Catholic Parish and receive any sacrament from an Eastern Catholic priest, since all belong to the Catholic Church as a whole. I am a Roman Catholic practicing my faith at a Maronite Catholic Church. Like the Chaldeans, the Maronites retain Aramaic for the Consecration. It is as close as one comes to being at the Last Supper.

45 posted on 06/16/2011 2:57:15 PM PDT by NYer ("Be kind to every person you meet. For every person is fighting a great battle." St. Ephraim)
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To: frogjerk

Fridays, 5-6 pm


46 posted on 06/16/2011 3:10:41 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: ottbmare

parishes with 24/7 Adoration receive several blessings from the Lord.

1. Long lines of people coming back to and using the Sacrament of Penance regularly. Our priest had to add hours to his weekly schedule. (This is good) One time, I believe during a Lenten Penance Service the church was completely packed. All the eight priests who came to hear Confessions were astrounded.

2. Parishes with 24/7 Adoration will have more vocations. Check that one out — the vocations come from the many dioceses, but I’ll be that perpetual adoration is encouraged.


47 posted on 06/16/2011 3:16:06 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: NYer
At one of the parishes I volunteer with here in So Cal the Confirmation team (mostly 17-25 year old) routinely participate in 24 hour Adoration in conjunction with their retreats and Catechist activities. Warms my heart!
48 posted on 06/16/2011 3:17:33 PM PDT by Shark24
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To: frogjerk

Alright, I’m jealous! ;)

My parish: 7-8 Thursday nights (gotta go)

In the city where I work, the parish there has Adoration Monday through Friday after Mass at noon, until 4:30 or so. Haven’t yet been, thinking that I’ll leave work early tomorrow for it. Sometimes it’s tough on thursday nights, so perhaps friday afternoon will be better.


49 posted on 06/16/2011 3:19:06 PM PDT by sayuncledave (A cruce salus)
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To: Dr. Brian Kopp

Not for that hour :). Besides it’s a good form of worthless.


50 posted on 06/16/2011 3:20:23 PM PDT by cthemfly25
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