“I am the living bread that came down from heaven; whoever eats this bread will live forever; and the bread that I will give is my flesh for the life of the world.” (John 6:51)
“In the sacred Host, He is present, the true treasure, always waiting for us. Only by adoring this presence do we learn how to receive Him properly.” (Pope Benedict XVI)
Eucharistic Adoration is adoring or honoring the Eucharistic Presence of Christ. In a deeper sense, it is about the contemplation of the Mystery of Christ truly present before us. During Eucharistic Adoration, we are silent in His presence and open ourselves to His Graces. By worshipping the Eucharistic Lord, Jesus gently draws us to Himself and transforms us. During the Holy Hour of adoration, God and man are reaching out to each other.
During the Mass, at the moment of consecration, the gifts of bread and wine are transformed (transubstantiated) into the actual body and blood of Christ at the altar. Our Lord is not re-crucified, but the saving effects of that sacrifice 2000 years ago are made present to us through the ritual of the Mass. The “Eucharistified” gifts of bread and wine are not only spiritually transformed, but rather are actually (substantially) transformed into the Body and Blood of Christ. While the elements retain the appearance of bread and wine, they are indeed the actual Body and Blood of Christ. This is what is meant by the Real Presence: the actual, physical presence of Jesus in the Eucharist. In this great Sacrament, Jesus fulfills the promise He made to us in John 14:18, “I will not leave you orphans, I will come to you.”
On Tuesday nights, from 7:00PM until 8:00PM, we will offer one hour of silent adoration before our Blessed Lord. Our lives, today, are filled with much noise and busyness. Many people cannot bear silence in their lives. For this reason, they immediately turn on the TV when they are alone, or the radio upon entering their car. What is missing in our lives is holy silence.
In the quiet hour before our Lord, God frees us from the burdens we have been carrying and we rest in His presence. We meet Him and He helps us find ourselves. During that Holy Hour, we are in communion with God and are given a foreshadowing of eternal life. Heaven is about God; it is not about us. The Eucharistic Holy Hour helps to prepare for the moment we receive Him into our bodies during Holy Communion at Mass. Join us, because Jesus waits for us in this sacrament of Love.
Holy Hour Resumes on Tuesday, September 12th at 7:00 PM