Our Diocese has entered a three-year Eucharistic Renewal that includes a focus on Eucharistic Adoration. This can be when the church is open and entering into prayer in front of the tabernacle (“Dwelling”), or else during special times of exposition when the Blessed Sacrament is placed in a monstrance (“To Show”).
Jesus knew that his Father was always near to him. God is always near to you and even more so here in the Blessed Sacrament. His loving heart is seeking you—calling out to you over the responsibilities, the noise and the distractions of daily life. Bishop Peter Christianson stated that “it’s time that we come back to a deep encounter with our Lord. It’s time we listen to what He speaks to our hearts. It is time we discern what is being asked of us. The time is now, and the time is right.” Come and pray. Come and listen. Come and be renewed.
Cathedral Eucharistic Exposition days & times ALL IN CHAPEL:
-Mon-Fri 9AM -noon
-Holy Hour every Thursday 7-8PM;
-First Thursdays 8AM—8PM; Holy Hour 7-8PM
-First Fridays 9AM, 1-3PM ends w/Benediction
“Could you not watch one hour with Me?” ~Mark 14:37
------ Symbol or Substance? Was Christ speaking metaphorically or literally when he proclaimed “this is my body, this is my blood?” One’s answer to this question represents a significant divide among Christians. Catholicism—since the beginning—holds that the transformed bread and wine that are the Body and Blood of Christ are not merely symbols: a symbol is something that points beyond itself to something else.
While it is true Christ often spoke in symbolic terms (e.g., the parables He preached) this was not one of those instances. Teaching in the synagogue in Capernaum, Christ proclaimed “this bread is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world.” Upon hearing this “the Jews began to argue sharply among themselves, ‘How can this man give us his flesh to eat?’” [John 6: 51-52] We are told that “from this time many of his disciples turned back and no longer followed him.” Jesus noted this departure and this was the moment that He could have just stated that He was speaking symbolically. Offering no such clarification, He asked his twelve disciples if they too would depart and St. Peter responded for the group saying “Lord to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life.” [John 6: 67-68]
The disciples believed and they stayed, and that same offer of grace extends to us. Christ said this is my body, this is my blood and He meant it. Come partake of Christ’s actual presence.
See the National Eucharistic Revival website CLICK HERE.
------ Reasons to go to Eucharistic Adoration
Unites You to the Sacrament of the Eucharist. Sitting in Eucharistic adoration lets you draw closer to the Mystery of the Eucharist. How easy is it for us to dismiss this reality? But by driving to a local church you are making a sacrifice. A sacrifice of time. The same sacrifice you make on Sunday.
Increase in Holiness by Bathing in the Light of the Son. Eucharistic adoration is a precursor to confession. St. Clare of Assisi proclaimed, “Gaze upon him, consider him, contemplate him, as you desire to imitate him.” Standing in the “Sonlight” will lead to you think like the Son.
Helps You to Examine Your Conscience. The longer you remain in the presence of God the more you will reflect on your failings—your sins. Remember being in the light of Christ will make your sins more recognizable.
Provides a Reboot to Your Spiritual Life. We all need a reset. Our lives get busy. Busy lives lead to tiredness. And tiredness causes us to give into temptation and sin. Think of sin as a virus that corrodes our soul. Without a proper defense we are vulnerable to the virus (of sin).
Prepares You for Sunday Mass. Adoration gets you into the right frame of mind for celebrating the Mass. Spend your time reading the upcoming Sunday Mass readings. Investing time into learning about the theme and reading of the Mass.
Pray before the Blessed Sacrament, and by this simple action, align yourself with Jesus and with each other.