“Do this in remembrance of me.” This was the command the Lord gave on the eve of his Passion and one we continue to carry out by celebrating the memorial of his sacrifice. In so doing, we offer to the Father what he has himself given us: the gifts of his creation, bread and wine which, by the power of the Holy Spirit and by the words of Christ, have become the body and blood of Christ. Christ is thus really and mysteriously made present. (1)
The mode of Christ’s presence under the Eucharistic species is unique. It raises the Eucharist above all the sacraments as “the perfection of the spiritual life and the end to which all the sacraments tend.” In the most blessed sacrament of the Eucharist “the body and blood, together with the soul and divinity, of our Lord Jesus Christ and, therefore, the whole Christ is truly, really, and substantially contained.” (2)
In the liturgy of the Mass we express our faith in the real presence of Christ under the species of bread and wine by, among other ways, genuflecting or bowing deeply as a sign of adoration of the Lord. (3)
The Church and the world have a great need for Eucharistic worship. Jesus awaits us in this sacrament of love. Let us not refuse the time to go to meet him in adoration, in contemplation full of faith, and open to making amends for the serious offenses and crimes of the world. Let our adoration never cease. (4)
(1) Catechism of the Catholic Church [hereafter CCC], 2nd ed. (Strathfield, NSW: St Pauls, 2000), n. 1356-1357.
(2) CCC, n. 1374. (3) CCC, n. 1378. (4) CCC, n. 1380.
Join us at St. Lambert’s as we express our faith in the real presence of Christ and celebrate the Holy Communion at any of our masses.
– Tuesday through Friday mornings – 8:30 AM
– Saturday at 4:30 PM
– Sunday at 8:30 and 10:30 AM
– Available during Sunday Masses from September through May
– Open Sundays during the 8:30 and 10:30 AM Masses
– Ages 12 months – Preschool welcome
January 1, the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God;
May 8th, 2016 on the Seventh Sunday of Easter, the Solemnity of the Ascension;
August 15, the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary;
November 1, the Solemnity of All Saints;
December 8, the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception;
December 25, the Solemnity of the Nativity of Our Lord Jesus Christ.