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ASK FATHER: If adoration of the Blessed Sacrament will end, why do we say, “without end” when we pray?
From a Sister… QUAERITUR: We are trying to revive the practice of Perpetual Adoration in our congregation. Previously (1882-1986), when there was a change of adorers the incoming adorer would say “Praised and adored be without end” and the outgoing … Read More
The UK’s best Catholic weekly, the Catholic Herald print edition (not online), had a great piece by the renowned Newman scholar, Fr. Ian Ker about Newman’s conversion and the Real Presence in Catholic churches. Here it is in toto: ‘Awful … Read More
From a reader… QUAERITUR: I attend a local parish in a rural area that is a small mission church from a larger one 20 miles away. There is no daily Mass here, but the Blessed Sacrament is reserved in the Tabernacle during … Read More
From a reader… QUAERITUR: The attached strongly worded letter was in our bulletin today and it has left me greatly disturbed. In the past two weeks we have found Jesus left on the floor, not once, but twice. I am … Read More
An old friend of mine, Msgr. Charles Mangan noticed my answer about safeguarding the Blessed Sacrament and sent me this to share with you. “Ten Commandments of Reverence for the Most Blessed Sacrament” Monsignor Charles M. Mangan 1. Attend Holy … Read More
From a reader… QUAERITUR: Dear Father, I serve regularly at a large shrine which attracts vast numbers of non Catholics. Several of us have to be ‘on guard’ on Sundays to ensure that (mostly Hindu) friends of Catholics or just … Read More
From a reader: Why is it inappropriate to leave the Blessed Sacrament alone when exposed in a monstrance (e.g. Adoration Chapels must have at least one adorer at all times), but appropriate to do so when it is replaced in … Read More
From a reader: When I was in grade school (1990’s), I was taught by a very devout teacher that one should genuflect (kneel?) on both knees with a slight bow of the head when entering/leaving the pew during adoration of … Read More
From a reader: The GIRM instructs that during mass no genuflections are to be made toward the tabernacle for the priest, the deacon and the ministers. Are the ministers the altar boys, or just the instituted lector and the acolyte? … Read More
I FIXED THE POLL WIDGET Several people have written to me about the length of time a priest does/should elevate the Host and the chalice after the consecration. The length of time I elevate the Host is, of course, ideal. … Read More
From a reader: I have an adoration chapel nearby that presents the Blessed Sacrament in a beautiful tabernacle / monstrance with a hinged door that opens to showcase the Consecrated Host. It is behind a small altar on a raised, … Read More
From a reader: In recent days, I have heard it said a couple of times that praying the Stations of the Cross (in common) during Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament is not allowed. Is that true? Where is such a … Read More
For your “Brick by Brick” file, from a reader: I thought you might be interested to know about something that one of the altar boys did after Mass today – I know I was impressed! We had a visiting priest … Read More
From a reader: Father, what is proper procedure when someone walks up, receives the Eucharist in the hand (BTW, this is the best reason for forcing receiving it by the mouth) and tries to walk out with It? Twice I … Read More
Please watch this whole video before reacting. Then think about it for a few minutes before reacting. A Franciscan priest and a small group with him took it to the streets and staged a Eucharistic Flash Mob. [wp_youtube]cZ5aYoSr3Hg[/wp_youtube] What do … Read More
From a reader: Is it proper to hold Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament in a classroom at the high school when 30 feet out the back door is the church and our Perpetual Adoration Chapel, where the Blessed Sacrament is … Read More
There will be a conference in Rome next June which some of you may desire to attend. This conference intends to give impetus to the spread of Eucharistic Adoration. Think about parishes where there is Eucharistic Adoration. Isn’t it the … Read More
From a reader comes new from the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend, where His Excellency the exemplary John M. D’Arcy is bishop. His Excellency has made a statement about the placement of the tabernacle in churches of the diocese. Document. … Read More