Monday, June 9, 2008

Eucharistic adoration 'personal encounter with the Lord'

Maryangela Layman Roman reports in "our" Milwaukee Catholic Herald, May 22, 2008, on a revival of interest. The article quotes from Pope Benedict XVI's Sacramentum Caritatis, an Apostolic Exhortation following a synod of bishops.
"67. With the Synod Assembly, therefore, I heartily recommend to the Church's pastors and to the People of God the practice of eucharistic adoration, both individually and in community. [footnote omitted] Great benefit would ensue from a suitable catechesis explaining the importance of this act of worship, which enables the faithful to experience the liturgical celebration more fully and more fruitfully. Wherever possible, it would be appropriate, especially in densely populated areas, to set aside specific churches or oratories for perpetual adoration. I also recommend that, in their catechetical training, and especially in their preparation for First Holy Communion, children be taught the meaning and the beauty of spending time with Jesus, and helped to cultivate a sense of awe before his presence in the Eucharist"
The article links to a list of 35 parishes offering eucharistic adoration. That works out to about one in six in the Archdiocese. Three have or will have perpetual adoration, St. Mary's Visitation, Elm Grove, St. John the Evangelist, Greenfield, and St. Jerome, Oconomowoc ("after completion of new church in fall 2008").

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