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Adoration of the Most Blessed Sacrament

Last weekend we held our third parish-wide program during the FaithWalk time. This weekend we held a Family Holy Hour, in honor of the Epiphany.
Adoration of the Most Blessed Sacrament is a devotion which had intensity among Catholics for a long time after Vatican 2, as the church encouraged Catholics into “full, conscious and active” participation in the Sunday Mass. However, in recent years this devotion has again begun to attract the attention of Catholics.
In our diocese, we have two 24/7 Adoration chapels, one at the Cathedral of Christ the King, and another at St. Luke Catholic Church in Nicholasville. Both are open for anyone to visit and spend time with the Eucharistic Lord.
Our program here at PAX CHRISTI was the expose our children in FaithWalk, their families, and other parishioners to this devotion. This devotion of spending time in before the Blessed Sacrament, the true presence of the Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Jesus Christ, was popularized in the middle ages, when many people felt unworthy to receive Holy Communion. It was an opportunity to make a “spiritual communion” while praying in front of the Blessed Sacrament.
Social scientist tell us that more than 50% of Catholics do not believe in the “real presence” of Christ in the Eucharist. The new popularity of this devotion will hopefully recapture for the Catholic population a resurgence of the belief in the “real presence”.
We have three additional parish-wide programs scheduled during this year’s FaithWalk program. The next parish-wide event, the Confirmation students will present the Lenten Stations of the Cross. In May, as a parish, we will celebrate the Crowning of Mary, as Queen of the May, and finally in June, we will celebrate the Feast of Corpus Christi, with a prayer procession in which we carry the Blessed Sacrament around the property, stopping at three stations to pray. The whole parish community is invited to participate.

 
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