During the academic year (until the end of June), and in most weeks of the summer, the Newman Centre holds a weekly Eucharistic Adoration and Holy Hour on Tuesdays from 7:30pm till 8:30pm.
Adoration before the Blessed Sacrament draws the worshiper into spiritual communion with God. Whether done on one's own time or at a scheduled service, adoration of the eucharistic presence of Christ fosters our devotion for participation in the Mass. Jesus instituted the Eucharist for our eating and drinking. Sharing communion at Mass brings us nourishment, healing and sustenance. There is no substitute for participation in the Eucharist; adoration should enhance it, not replace it. Catholics reserve leftover communion breads in a tabernacle. The primary purpose for this custom is to have the Body of Christ ready for the sick and dying at any time. This is especially true for the Newman Centre's large outreach to the sick and dying in Mount Sinai and Princess Margaret Hospitals. The tabernacle also provides communion for those unable to come to Mass. Because it houses the sacramental Body of Christ, it serves as a place for adoration.
Adoration may be private or public. When adoring the Blessed Sacrament in private, Catholics usually go to any church where the communion hosts are kept inside the tabernacle. Public adoration may take place in the context of a brief service (traditionally called "Benediction" although that only refers to the blessing which concludes it) or over a more extended period of time. The Blessed Sacrament is usually presented for adoration outside the tabernacle on an altar or a stand called a monstrance. Extended periods of adoration used to be common. They filled the void for people who were not receiving communion frequently. However, in the twentieth century, the church has urged people to more frequent communion and has forbidden exposition during Mass. Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament began at the Newman Centre in October, 1994 at the request of a group of students. We use this time to pray for vocations to the priesthood and religious life, especially from the young people who are part of our Parish Community. Whether the Blessed Sacrament is inside or outside the tabernacle, adoration may invite us into prayer and prepare us for the Eucharist.
O God in heaven,
You have made us for yourself;
our hearts are restless until they rest in you.
Fulfill this longing through Jesus, the bread of life,
so that we may witness to him
who alone satisfies the hungers of the human family.
By the power of your Spirit, lead us to the heavenly table
where we may feast on the vision of your glory for ever and ever.
- Prayer of the 1976 Eucharistic Congress in Philadelphia.
"The Church and the world have a great need of Eucharistic worship. Jesus waits for us in this Sacrament of Love. May our adoration never cease." - Pope John Paul II.
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