Two glipmpses of the Real Presence

Two of the past weekends I have had a great and powerful love for the Eucharist made present to me in the two parishes I've attended mass. I'd like to share them with you.

The first was 2 weekends ago at Ss. Peter and Paul Church in Auburn, NY. This is where I grew up and attended Catholic school and mass all during my childhood. I was home two weekends ago and went to Church with my mom and Grandma on Saturday evening. After I received communion I noticed as I was walking back to my pew, about 25% of the people behind me weren't going up for communion. Now while this may not necessarily be a good thing, what I took from this moment was that people still believe in the real presence and know that they shouldn't receive if in a state of mortal sin. It showed me that reverence is still strong in my home community.

This past weekend I went to Church at St. Mary's in Alexandria VA. As I entered there were signs on all the doors calling to attention the real presence in the tabernacle and to be quiet and turn off your cell phone. Then the priest explained in his homily why he doesn't use Eucharistic ministers (because his Church isn't big enough to require them) and it was the first mass I went to where the priest did not allow a sign of peace. Now I know a lot of people who would be offended by the removal of the sign of peace, but it was easier to contemplate the Eucharistic Jesus at that point in the mass. I think a sign of peace should be offered at the beginning of mass or at some point just after the homily. The Liturgy of the Eucharist needs to be focused on the Eucharist.

The Eucharist is a gift we take so much for granted these days. It no wonder people leave the Church when there is so little attention paid to the Eucharist. It is Jesus! Really and physically present like no other way. If we as Catholics don't live our lives desiring Jesus in the Eucharist every day, how can we expect to bring others to Christ?

I think I'm going to read ECCLESIA DE EUCHARISTIA and put up some commentary in the next few days.

Today is the first Friday of August. Why not find a Church offering adoration and spend some time with the Lord.

Posted bypiscotikus at 11:20 AM  

1 comments:

frjim said... 1:59 PM  

couldn't help but think why one would be observing 25% of the people when after communion we should be praying!

It is wonderful thing to hear you say what you think about the sign of peace and where it should be placed.....

however, allow me to suggest an appropriate response when people ask about such items, great or small:

"when the pope calls and asks for my opinion, I'll tell him. Until then, I'll do what the Church teaches."

One cannot use the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass as a smorgasbord from which to pick and choose.

Finally, God bless Father that his congregation is that small that he can afford the luxury of providing communion personally to all. I would prefer that the Church be full and extraordinary ministers of communion be available and necessary to feed Jesus' sheep.

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