What is Eucharist?
During the Mass the priest (at the time of the consecration) speaks these words as he holds the communion host, "...He took bread and, giving thanks, broke it, and gave it to his disciples, saying: Take this, all of you, and eat of it, for this is my body, which will be given up for you". When the priest says "this is my body", it is at that instant when, through the miracle of transubstantiation, the bread and wine which we offer as the bloodless sacrifice to our Lord truly become the Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Jesus. It is His true Presence in the form of bread and wine. It is Christ.
What is Eucharistic Adoration?
Eucharistic Adoration is the practice of worship/praying before Jesus Christ in the Blessed Sacrament exposed in a monstrance on an altar. Many parishes around the Adelaide Diocese already have times of Eucharistic Adoration. In the gospel, Jesus asked his disciples to spend one hour with him. In Eucharistic Adoration, we too can spend an hour with Jesus.
“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
"You must propagate veneration of the Most Blessed Sacrament with all your might, for the devotion to the Holy Eucharist is the queen of all devotions."
Pope Benedict XVI
WHAT IS A EUCHARISTIC ADORATION
What is Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration?
Perpetual Adoration is where Jesus, in the Blessed Sacrament, is exposed in a Monstrance (monstrance comes from the Latin "monstrare" to show, to expose, to view.), on an altar, in a particular Church or chapel, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week including right throughout the night. This practice of Perpetual Adoration has developed greatly over the last century. Pope Benedict XVI, in his Apostolic Exhortation on the Eucharist recommended, Bishops “to set aside specific churches for perpetual adoration”.
Perpetual Adoration is therefore a Eucharistic devotion whereby members of a given parish (or in our case a diocese) unite in taking hours of adoration before the Most Blessed Sacrament, both during the day and throughout the night.
Why is exposition in the Monstrance preferred?
To see Jesus visibly present under the appearance of the small white host is much more conducive to intimacy than hidden away in the tabernacle. Moreover, it adds an extra responsibility on the adorers to be sure to be faithful to the hours they are scheduled, since the suggested norm for having Jesus exposed in the monstrance is that there should be at least two adorers present, and He must never be left alone. Could not these words of our Lord be applied today: "Indeed, this is the will of My heavenly Father, that everyone who looks upon the Son, and believes in Him, shall have eternal life. Him I will raise up on the last day."
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