Christ Jesus is always present to His Church, “especially in her liturgical celebrations…, in the poor, the sick and the imprisoned, in the sacraments of which He is author.” “He is present in the sacrifice of the Mass not only in the person of the minister, but especially in the Eucharistic species.” The word Eucharist means, “to give thanks.” In the Eucharist, we thank God, most especially for the gift of his Son. It is one of the seven sacraments and its meaning is reflected in our thanksgiving and praise. In the Eucharistic sacrifice the whole of creation, loved by God, is presented to the Father through the death and the resurrection of Christ. Through Christ, the Church can offer the sacrifice of praise, in thanksgiving, for all God has made good, beautiful, and just, in the world. The Sacrament of the Eucharist can be understood both in the presence of Christ and in the substance or the matter of Christ. We believe that the bread changes fully and substantially into the humanity and divinity of Jesus Christ. The bread that has the breadness of form is transferred to the Body of Christ and the wine is turned into the bloodness of Christ. The purpose of the matter and form of the Eucharist is to invite all of us to participate in the work of our salvation by together, giving worship and praise to God. Christ’s presence is “called real” because it is a presence in the fullest sense, a substantial presence whereby Christ, the God Man, is wholly and entirely present. We become Eucharist to the world as a reflection of this charity, as leaven, when we receive the Eucharist, experience the Eucharist, and then ultimately are in mission to become Christ to others. We believe that the presence of Christ in the Eucharist continues beyond the liturgy. At any time we can adore the Blessed Sacrament and join the Lord’s self-offering to God for the life of the world. The sacrifice of Jesus on the cross is His supreme act of adoration. In the Eucharist, the Church joins Jesus in adoring the God of life. The Church exalts in Adoration, the Eucharistic Prayer, communicated to the seers by the Angel of Peace at Fatima, ‘Most Holy Trinity, I adore Thee! My God, My God, I love Thee in the Most Blessed Sacrament!’ Please consider availing yourself to Adoration, right here at our parish every Friday from 9am to 4pm and Saturday morning from 8am to 9am. We are always looking for adorers to be with Jesus and we now have an opening on Fridays at 10am. Adoration takes place in the Chapel and is a wonderful opportunity to be with the Lord and gaze for a short while on his Eternal Beauty and Peace. Please contact me if you are interested in joining this essential and efficacious ministry.
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