Christ Jesus is always present to His Church, “in her liturgical celebrations, in the poor, the sick and the imprisoned, in the sacraments of which He is author.” Jesus is present in the sacrifice of the Mass not only in the person of the priest, but especially in the Eucharistic species itself. In the Eucharist, and its liturgical action, we give thanks to God for the gift of his Son and the whole of creation. Through Christ, the Church offers a sacrifice of praise in thanksgiving for all the gifts he has bestowed on us and all he has made good, beautiful, and just.
The Sacrament of the Eucharist can be understood both in the presence of and substance of Christ since we believe that the bread changes fully and substantially into the humanity and divinity of Jesus Christ. The sacrificial celebration connects us to the cross by the way we unite ourselves to the sacrifice of Jesus. God responds back to us by giving us Christ, the “Bread of Life”, the Real Presence. How does this happen in the celebration, you may ask? 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 when the charitable love from Christ’s words are spoken; “which is given for you” and “which is poured out for you.” Christ’s presence is “called real” because it is a presence in a total way, a 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.
We become Christ to others because the light of the Eucharist in us, is reflected and its affects are felt, presented, and received by others.
Wow! Awesome isn’t it?
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 or spiritual worship of Jesus on the cross is His supreme act of adoration. In the Eucharist, the Church joins Jesus in adoring the God of life. We do this at Mass each week, or weekday; at a visit to a Church, or to our chapel during the week to pray weekdays from 8 to 4pm. We are so blessed and privileged at St. Ann by the Sea Parish to exalt in Adoration, every Friday between the hours of 8am– 5pm, or Saturdays from 8am to 9am in the Chapel. We invite you to join us this summer as an adorer. We have scheduled hour slots to fill on Fridays at 10am and 1pm. If you are interested in this ministry or joining us in prayer at adoration, please call me at 781-834-4953. Together we can praise and worship God with 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!’