Eucharistic Adoration with Pope Francis


Thanks be to God the Holy Father knelt for the incensation of the Blessed Sacrament.

Deo gratias! 

No need to get up so soon though, Your Holiness.

After all... Dominus est!

Let us adore Him, our Eucharistic Lord!

Comments

Bob Hayes said…
From what I could see, precious little happened in England and Wales - with a few fine exceptions. Stunningly disappointing. Was the general outlook: Ratzinger gone, fine weather, relax? We really should be told......
Andrew rex said…
The bishops of the world were only informed of this event less than 3 weeks ago, which made it impractical to organise much. Anyway the idea of synchronised eucharistic adoration seems a little silly and Eurocentric to many, especially given the different world time zones and sunday mass schedules.
Amfortas said…
Westminster Cathedral was packed for Eucharistic Adoration this afternoon. I assume this was one of the fine exceptions. Still, I think an old fashioned Corpus Christi procession would have been a more powerful witness.
Andrew rex said…
if you look at the Eucharistic procession in 1933, the pope also didn't kneel, he sat on a stool but his cope was covering the kneeler in front of the monstrance so it looked like he was kneeling.
Edward said…
Dear Bob Hayes, Many English dioceses registered their participation on the Vatican's Year of Faith web page. The Archdiocese of Birmingham provided parishes with a suggested order of service. Here is one example of a parish responing to Pope Francis' invitation http://www.ourladyofmountcarmel.co.uk/ourstandard.asp?pageid=99
Amfortas said…
Vinnie+ knelt throughout the adoration at Westminster Cathedral yesterday afternoon.
Patti Fordyce said…
It is not the case that the world's bishops were only notified of this initiative three weeks ago; it was published in December as one of Pope Benedict's scheduled engagements for the first half of this year (along with the publication of the Encyclical on Faith, which was due in Lent). Perhaps the event only gained 'legs' when it became clear that Pope Francis was keen on it.

In my parish, we only had a week's notice of the Holy Hour, but it was far better attended than any other Eucharistic Adoration we have held in recent years. I wasn't doing a head count, but my imression was that most people stayed for the whole hour.

My poor old knees wimped out about 10 minutes before Benediction, so perhaps we shouldn't judge the Holy Father too harshly; he walks like a man who is no stranger to arthritis.
Andrew rex said…
Patti - although it is true that in general terms the new evangelisation dept at the Vatican said there would be Eucharistic adoration last weekend, I am quite right that specific information that it was intended churches worldwide were expected to participate in the event at the same time to synchronise with the pope was not provided until 3 weeks ago