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The Solemn Celebration of Evening Prayer with Exposition and Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament is comprised of traditional prayer and music, including the communal recitation of The Liturgy of the Hours and Exposition and Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. It is a wonderful opportunity to focus on Jesus Christ and his presence in the Eucharist.
What is Liturgy of the Hours?
The Liturgy of the Hours (also known as the Divine Office or the Work of God/Opus Dei) is the daily prayer of the Church, marking the hours of each day and sanctifying the day with prayer. The Hours are a meditative dialogue on the mystery of Christ, using scripture and prayer. At times the dialogue is between the Church or individual soul and God; at times, it is a dialogue among the members of the Church; and at times, it is even between the Church and the world.
What is the Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament?
Exposition is placing the sacred host outside the tabernacle for public adoration. This can take many forms. The simplest form is the opening of the tabernacle doors. Another form is the removal of the sacred vessels from the tabernacle for more prominent and visible placement. The Church also permits a “full” exposition when the sacred host is visible in a vessel called a “monstrance”
What is Eucharistic Adoration?
Eucharistic Adoration (Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament) is the act of worshiping God as He is present in the consecrated Eucharist. Since the Last Supper, when Jesus broke the bread and distributed the wine, saying, “This is my Body” and “This is my Blood,” Catholics have believed that the bread and wine are no longer merely baked wheat and fermented grape juice, but the actual living presence of the Second Person of the Trinity. Spending time before the Blessed Sacrament in prayer and devotion is exactly the same as spending time before the living God. Adoration occurs whenever someone kneels in front of the tabernacle that contains the Blessed Sacrament, genuflects toward a tabernacle, bows before receiving the Blessed Sacrament at Mass, or, in a more focused way, when the Blessed Sacrament is exposed for adoration. (Our Sunday Visitor)
Observed together, The Liturgy of the Hours and the Exposition and Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament extend the praise and thanksgiving offered to God in the eucharistic celebration and direct the prayers of the Church to Christ and through him to the Father in the name of the whole world.