Having been gathered in the Lord Jesus, the Church participates in the saving mysteries of our faith. The Sacred Liturgy enables us to live more committed to the Lord who sanctifies us in a privileged way through sacramental signs. The Constitution also reminds us that the Church's mission moves from worship to charity and evangelization: "For all these works make it clear that Christ's faithful, though not of this world, are to be the light of the world and to glorify the Father in the eyes of all" (no. 9).
There must be an intrinsic link between what we do in the Liturgy and what we do in the world. In the Eucharist, we partake of the Bread of life and share in the Chalice of salvation in order to strengthen our union and to become a leaven—a source of unity and healing—for a world wounded by sin and division and hungry for the holy. At the Evening Mass of the Lord's Supper on Holy Thursday, the Church does two things that illustrate the relationship between the Eucharist and the Christian life: washing of feet and collecting gifts for the poor. The ritual gesture of service leads to the work of charity. Christ is present in the liturgical act and in the charity that flows from it: "Where true charity is dwelling, God is present there" (antiphon for Offertory Chant, Holy Thursday Mass of the Lord's Supper). Christ's command, "Do this in memory of me," is therefore not only a call to partake of the Eucharist, but also a summons to charity and service.
Stewards of the Tradition – Fifty Years after Sacrosanctum Concilium
A statement by the Committee on Divine Worship. © 2013 USCCB
For 2000 years, Catholics have believed Jesus to be truly present in the most Holy Eucharist, just as He taught His disciples in John 6. We believe that at each celebration of the Mass, bread and wine are truly transformed into the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ. Therefore, Jesus comes to be present with us not only spiritually, but physically. In the Eucharist, Jesus is just as present with us in the disguise of bread and wine as He was in the disguise of a man 2000 years ago when He walked the earth.
Therefore, if Jesus is truly present (body, blood, soul, & divinity) in the most Holy Eucharist, then we can gaze upon Jesus and worship Him in His physical presence. Therefore, we are blessed with the awesome opportunity to worship Jesus through Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, or most Holy Eucharist. In Eucharistic Adoration, the Eucharistic Host (the Body of Jesus) is placed in a gold monstrance to be adored (see picture above).
Adoration is open to anyone. Please maintain a disposition of silence and reverence in the chapel.
|Every 1st Friday of the Month immediately after the 8:00 am Mass||9:00 am - 6:00 pm|
|Wednesday||4:00 pm - 6:00 pm|
For more information about Eucharistic Adoration or to sign up for an hour, contact the parish office at 940 696-1253