Throughout the season of Advent, you are invited to join the Dominican Friars in Eucharistic Adoration in the Main Chapel of the House of Studies, the Chapel of the Immaculate Conception. The Blessed Sacrament will be exposed for one hour, from 4:15 to 5:15, Monday through Thursday until December 20th. The hour of silent prayer and recollection will conclude with Benediction.
The Holy Father has encouraged Eucharistic Devotions in a special way during the Year of Faith. The words of the Holy Father’s 2007 Apostolic Exhortation Sacramentum Caritatis bring to light the particular connection between the Church’s faith and reverence for the Holy Sacrament of the Eucharist. Pope Benedict says,
‘The mystery of faith!’ With these words, spoken immediately after the words of consecration, the priest proclaims the mystery being celebrated and expresses his wonder before the substantial change of bread and wine into the body and blood of the Lord Jesus, a reality which surpasses all human understanding. The Eucharist is a “mystery of faith” par excellence: “the sum and summary of our faith.” The Church’s faith is essentially a eucharistic faith, and it is especially nourished at the table of the Eucharist. Faith and the sacraments are two complementary aspects of ecclesial life. Awakened by the preaching of God’s word, faith is nourished and grows in the grace-filled encounter with the Risen Lord which takes place in the sacraments: “faith is expressed in the rite, while the rite reinforces and strengthens faith.” For this reason, the Sacrament of the Altar is always at the heart of the Church’s life: “thanks to the Eucharist, the Church is reborn ever anew!” The more lively the eucharistic faith of the People of God, the deeper is its sharing in ecclesial life in steadfast commitment to the mission entrusted by Christ to his disciples.
This Advent season–a time of preparation before our celebration of the mystery of the birth of Christ–is a prime opportunity to enter more deeply into the Church’s eucharistic faith. Come and allow your faith to be nourished and to grow in the Real Presence of the Eucharistic Lord.