The United States Catholic Conference of Bishops says, “The importance of Eucharistic Adoration is shown in the fact that the Church has a ritual that regulates it: the Rite of Eucharistic Exposition and Benediction. This is an extension of the adoration of the Blessed Sacrament which occurs in every Mass: “Behold the Lamb of God, behold him who takes away the sins of the world. Blessed are those called to the supper of the Lamb.” Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament flows from the sacrifice of the Mass and serves to deepen our hunger for Communion with Christ and the rest of the Church. The Rite concludes with the ordained minister blessing the faithful with the Blessed Sacrament.”
You are invited to join us for some quiet prayer or for the communal evening prayer as the Blessed Sacrament will be exposed in the monstrance on our altar during the day and evening starting Sunday Oct. 15th, and continuing Monday the 16th and Tuesday the 17th. This year we are having a Traditional 40 Hours celebration with Evening prayer on each night beginning at 7:00 p.m. followed by Benediction. Please note that we will not have the regular Monday Night Rosary on the 16th. Tuesday our evening prayers will also include a procession with the Blessed Sacrament. The procession is a symbol of the Church on pilgrimage. We are all hopefully making our way towards God’s Kingdom and the short walk reminds us that we are called to be moving in faith towards heaven. This year we welcome my friend Fr. Timothy Christy as our guest preacher at all three evening prayer services. Fr. Christy was a pastor for a number of years and just recently was made the Episcopal Vicar for Evangelization and Communication and the Moderator of the Curia for the Diocese of Metuchen, New Jersey.