[134.] “The worship of the Eucharist outside the Sacrifice of the Mass is a tribute of inestimable value in the life of the Church. Such worship is closely linked to the celebration of the Eucharistic Sacrifice.” Therefore both public and private devotion to the Most Holy Eucharist even outside Mass should be vigorously promoted, for by means of it the faithful give adoration to Christ, truly and really present, the “High Priest of the good things to come” and Redeemer of the whole world. “It is the responsibility of sacred Pastors, even by the witness of their life, to support the practice of Eucharistic worship and especially exposition of the Most Holy Sacrament, as well as prayer of adoration before Christ present under the eucharistic species.”
[135.] The faithful “should not omit making visits during the day to the Most Holy Sacrament, as a proof of gratitude, a pledge of love, and a debt of the adoration due to Christ the Lord who is present in it.” For the contemplation of Jesus present in the Most Holy Sacrament, as a communion of desire, powerfully joins the faithful to Christ, as is splendidly evident in the example of so many Saints. ‘Unless there is a grave reason to the contrary, a church in which the Most Holy Eucharist is reserved should be open to the faithful for at least some hours each day, so that they can spend time in prayer before the Most Holy Sacrament.”
My Dearly Beloved in Jesus Christ!
I most especially encourage each of you to each day come back to the Church for a time before the Blessed Sacrament. The two paragraphs above from the Vatican Guidelines on the Reservation of the Blessed Sacrament remind us that our visits during the day are a proof of our gratitude, a pledge of our love and a debt of the adoration of Christ the Lord. To make this more effective, please continue to enter the Main Church Sanctuary and kneel down and open you heart to the Lord. I need you to make the Church Sanctuary a “house of prayer” as it says in the Sacred Scriptures: “My house shall be a house of prayer! (Isaiah 56:7/MT 21:13). If you are in the Church Sanctuary do not make this a place for conversations with others – take those conversations out into the Narthex (gathering space).
Beginning on February 19th on Monday through Friday we would like to have the Small Chapel (Choir Practice Room) as a Chapel of Prayer with the Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament. This would begin right at 9am (right after the 8:30am Mass) and would conclude at 5pm with Benediction. We are working on a Adoration Scheduling Program on our website that would help us with this, as we need at least 2 Adorers each hour for this. We would like to build up our numbers of Adorers.
We will be closing the current Adoration Chapel located off of the Assisi Hall on Monday February 11th. It is hard for people to get into Chapel this because of the stairs. It is hard for adorers to use this because of the noise from Assisi Hall. We are also having many gaps in the times that Adorer’s are present.
The books, kneelers and current items from the Adoration Chapel will be moved into the Small Chapel/ Choir Practice Room.
An Hour before the Blessed Sacrament will change your life! It changed Archbishop Sheen’s life! It changed Cardinal Bernardin’s life. I has changed my life and the life of many of my brother priests, deacons and staff!