Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament

In a world where there is so much noise, so much bewilderment, there is a need for silent adoration of Jesus concealed in the Host. Be assiduous in the prayer of adoration and teach it to the faithful. It is a source of comfort and light, particularly to those who are suffering.
Pope Benedict XVI – from his meeting with members of the Roman clergy
March 2, 2006
Borrowed from wdtps.com
Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament is so wonderful. The flood of grace and hope it brings can't be described well with language. You can go and be quiet, or wail your eyes out before Christ, and no one thinks a thing of it, and might even be moved to pray for you. Christ is open to you no matter what.

Now, I agree with Fr Ray Blake, the parish priest of Brighton (check out his blog, please! See the sidebar!) on Exposition: It should be done only occasionally.  Adoration of the Host reserved in the Tabernacle is just as powerful as Exposition, and Exposition has caused some catechetical problems. Look over at his blog for more information. But, I think it should be done, nonetheless! Perhaps it can be only for part of the day, and Benediction can be offered at the end. My parish has PEA, in the form of Exposition, but if that ever went away the church would most likely stay open anyways, and it's a  rare day indeed when the Host isn't reserved in the tabernacle. Adoration can still occur without the monstrance, though I think the pictures of adoration are cooler when the Host is exposed.

For a half-hour or more of Adoration (do it!) one can receive a plenary indulgence if "To gain a plenary indulgence, a person must exclude all attachment to sin of any kind, even venial sin, must perform the work or say the prayer for which the indulgence is granted, and must also fulfill the three conditions of sacrament confession, reception of Holy Communion, and prayer for the intentions of the Pope."


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