At any time we can adore the Blessed Sacrament and join the Lord’s self offering to God for the life of the world.”
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. The liturgical action called the Eucharist is also traditionally known as the Sacrifice of the Mass. 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 creation and in humanity. 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 giving worship and praise to God.
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. “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.” The Mass is a reflection of Christ’s universal charity of love shown in the words, “which is given for you” and “which is poured out for you.” 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 become Christ to others.
We believe that the presence of Christ in the Eucharist continues beyond the liturgy. The Catholic Catechism states this, “Eucharistic presence of Christ begins at the moment of consecration …endures as long as the Eucharistic species subsist.”
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. 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 join us for Adoration every Friday until 3pm and every Saturday morning from 8am-9am in the Chapel.