Jesus said "I am the living bread that came down from heaven; if any one eats of this bread he will live for ever; he who eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life and ... abides in me, and I in him (Jn 6:51, 54, 56)
The Eucharistic celebration always includes: the proclamation of the Word of God; thanksgiving to God the Father for all his benefits, above all the gift of his Son; the consecration of bread and wine; and participation in the liturgical banquet by receiving the Lord's body and blood. These elements constitute one single act of worship.
Because Christ himself is present in the sacrament of the alter, he is to be honored with the worship of adoration. "To visit the Blessed Sacrament is... a proof of gratitude, an expression of love, and a duty of adoration toward Christ our Lord"
"No one may take part in it unless he believes that what we teach is true has received baptism for the forgiveness of sins and new birth, and lives in keeping with what Christ taught."
The Catechism of the Catholic Church 1322-1419
Adoration of The Blessed Sacrament
Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish - Annunciation Chapel
We thank our Blessed Lord for the countless - often unknown - blessings that have come to our people and our parish because of the faithful who come to pray before the Blessed Sacrament each 1st Friday and every Friday evening. The times of Exposition are: 1st Friday of every month 9a.m. - 12:30 p.m., and every Friday from 7 p.m. - 11p.m.
Each Friday, as we kneel, - or sit - in adoration of our Eucharistic Lord and as we recognize the sacrament of Eucharist that He gave us as an on-going sign of our redemption, we see Our Lord's desire to let the Eucharist change us, so that we can help in changing the world. The Eucharist is all about change: Christ in the Eucharist changing bread and wine; the transformed Bread and Wine helping to change us; we then helping to change the world.
Truly the risen Christ is at work in the Eucharist touching our lives with His energy and power. Let us ask Him for the transforming power of His love - for ourselves, for all those we love, for our damaged world, our country, our parish, our families. We've never needed the transforming power of the Eucharist as we do today.
We thank you who have committed a time to be present for adoration, or who pray and reflect on the Presence from home, or all of you who turn your thoughts and prayer to Our Blessed Lord waiting for you and me on the altar in the Chapel when - for any reason - you are unable to come to the chapel. We do need additional people to commit to a ½ hour or as long a time as possible for you. If you are able to be available, please do let me know as it is so very important that we have coverage at all times during exposition. (584-0339)
PEACE on your journey.
Georgina, - for the Adoration Sharing Group.