On Friday the Blessed Sacrament will be exposed for adoration in the Chapel from 12.15 – 1.15 pm. Whilst Eucharistic Adoration takes place regularly in school those who are not Catholic may well wonder what it’s all about.
Catholics believe that, through the action of the Priest and the work of the Holy Spirit, a real change is made to the bread and wine offered on the altar. Though to scientific scrutiny the eucharistic species retain the properties of bread and wine, at the level of being and essential nature they become the Body and Blood of Christ. The Church teaches that the whole Christ – in his humanity and divinity – becomes present in these physical elements. This is why the reserved sacrament, kept in the tabernacle in the sanctuary of the chapel, is treated with such respect.
Over the centuries there arose the custom of visiting this sacrament outside the celebration of Mass, and of exposing the Blessed Sacrament for the veneration of the faithful. Catholics, and many other people have found that there is something very special about about making time to pray – even for a few minutes – in the Real Presence of Christ.
Of course, Christ is present in so many ways during our everyday life. The physicality, however, of the sacrament – to pray before Christ present here and now, in this place, at this time – is something that helps us recognise Him in the rest of our lives.
Whether Eucharistic Adoration is a familiar part of your spiritual life, or whether you’ve never done it before, Christ bids you welcome.