National Eucharistic Revival

 In Living the Liturgy

Last weekend when we celebrated the Solemnity of the Most Sacred Body and Blood of the Lord, I mentioned in my bulletin article that the Conference of Bishops in the United States is inviting all the Catholic faithful to renew our commitment, love, and devotion to the Most Holy Eucharist.

The bishops have called all of us to come back to the in-person celebration of Mass. The Church believes and teaches that the community gathered every Sunday is the most visible sign of the unity of the body of Christ. The Church gathered, nourished with the sacred Body and Blood of the Lord, and empowered by the Holy Spirit becomes Christ’s real presence in the world.

In addition to the celebration of the Mass, there are other devotions we do to show our devotion to the Eucharist, one of which is the Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament.

In this rite, the Church gives us the opportunity to worship and adore the Risen Lord truly present in the Most Blessed Sacrament. This devotion is celebrated outside of Mass, where we have the opportunity to stay with the Lord, to spend time with the Lord, to speak with the Lord, to be in communion with the Lord.

In the words of Pope St. John Paul II: “Faith demands that we approach the Eucharist fully aware that we are approaching Christ Himself. It is precisely His presence which gives the other aspects of the Eucharist — as meal, as memorial of the Paschal Mystery, as eschatological anticipation — a significance which goes far beyond mere symbolism. The Eucharist is a mystery of presence, the perfect fulfillment of Jesus’s promise to remain with us until the end of the world.”

We invite you to join us every FIRST FRIDAY of the month, after the 8:30am Mass for an hour of exposition, adoration, and benediction.

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