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Pope: Church is witnessing a ‘springtime of Eucharistic adoration’

By on Wednesday, 17 November 2010

Pope Benedict XVI has said the Church is witnessing a “springtime in Eucharistic adoration”, citing as evidence the Hyde Park vigil during his trip to Britain in September.

He said at his weekly general audience today that young people in particular were finding time to “stop in silence before the tabernacle”.

The Pontiff said he hoped this “springtime of the Eucharist” would spread to other places, particularly in Belgium, the birthplace of St Juliana of Liège, a 13th century Augustinian nun, whose devotion to the Eucharist gave rise to the feast of Corpus Christi.

On Saturday, September 18, about 80,000 pilgrims stood in silence in Hyde Park as Pope Benedict XVI presided at Eucharistic adoration.

The Pope dedicated his catechesis to St Juliana, saying she promoted the feast because of a “recurring vision”.

He said: “Pope Urban IV, who had known Juliana in Liège, instituted the solemnity of Corpus Christi for the universal Church and charged Saint Thomas Aquinas with composing the texts of the liturgical office. The Pope himself celebrated the solemnity in Orvieto, then the seat of the papal court, where the relic of a celebrated Eucharistic miracle, which had occurred the previous year, was kept.

“As we recall Saint Juliana of Cornillon, let us renew our faith in Christ’s true presence in the Eucharist and pray that the ‘springtime of the Eucharist’ which we are witnessing in the Church today may bear fruit in an ever greater devotion to the Sacrament of Christ’s Body and Blood,” the Pope said.

  • Eli @ Practical Catholic

    We do indeed live in very exciting times.

  • Joyfully

    I just love to visit Him in the Blessed Sacrament. I receive comfort when I am troubled and additional joy when I am happy. I love, love, love going to Adoration.

  • magdalene

    Pray my parish will institute perpetual adoration!

  • Howard Victoria

    I am soon hoping to be called “Mother Victoria” if the pope approves my new order of hermits. For the possibility, I bought a monstrance for our order, because perpetual adoration will be one of the functions of the monastery. As of yet, we are just one person, me, and there is no motherhouse; but I have tremendous faith in God that these will come. St. Therese, the Little Flower, said that one receives from God as much as one hopes for.

    Look in my website for more information:

    Please pray for us, for me and all our future sisters and brothers!

  • Zen

    We are a small parish, but we have a chapel for 24/7 adoration! Our new priest even renewed the first Friday adoration after mass. So wonderful!

  • wayne

    Jesus atually goes into that golden trinket and looks out at everyone? You guys really believe that?

  • Keym

    Speaking for myself, Yes, I actually believe that Jesus Christ, true God and true man, is truly present under the appearance of bread in monstrances throughout the world. Thank you, Wayne, for the opportunity to make this public profession of faith.

  • Tmrezac

    I suspect you believe too, or you would not be posting to this particular article. Gods love for you is great, open your heart to Him.

  • Tmrezac

    Walk into any Roman Catholic Church Chapel, where the Blessed Sacrament resides, and experience God's peace. My life has been transformed because of my time spent with the Blessed Sacrament. We are so lucky to have the living presence of God available to us this way.

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  • RJ

    Jesus is truly present but not in a spatially limited way. When you have read the work of St Thomas Aquinas, you can criticise.

  • Patricia

    A person believing that Christ is present in the Eucharist or believing that Christ is not present does not change the fact that Christ is present in the Eucharist. I challenge you to spend time in front of the Eucharist for an hour every week for a year. Then come back and share with us.