Day will emphasize prayer,
invites Catholics to action
reflection on Christ in Eucharist
By Tony Staley
Catholics in the Green Bay Diocese will be encouraged to engage in active prayer, praise, devotion and reflection on the presence of Christ in the Blessed Sacrament on Wednesday, Nov. 7 -- Eucharistic Day.
"The day is meant to express, deepen and celebrate our faith in the Real Presence of Our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament," said Diann Wimmer, diocesan director of Worship. "It is a time to pray for peace and justice within our hearts and within the global world. Through reflection and mediation, all are invited to enter the Spirit of goodness and grace."
Thus, our Eucharistic adoration is to lead us to do good works, pleasing to God, as part of our Christian action in the world, says the document, Holy Communion and Worship of the Eucharist Outside Mass.
The Eucharistic sacrifice is the source and culmination of the whole Christian life, Wimmer said, quoting from the Order for Solemn Exposition for the Holy Eucharist published in 1993 by authority of the Bishop's Committee on the Liturgy.
The same publication stresses that care must be taken in Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament so that everything clearly brings out the meaning of Eucharistic worship in its correlation with the Mass.
Christ's intention in instituting the Eucharist, above all, was to be near us, to feed, heal, and comfort us, Wimmer said quoting the 1993 document.
The day was scheduled for a Wednesday in November at the request of many priests so that both adults and young people could participate.
On Eucharistic Day, Catholics are being invited both to return to the practice of prayer, reflection and meditation before the Blessed Sacrament outside Mass, and also to full, active and conscious participation in the Eucharistic celebration, including Communion with Christ in the Sacrament, Wimmer said.
"The celebration of Eucharistic Day, amidst many other spiritual experiences, is one opportunity for personal prayer to deepen our relationship with the Lord," Wimmer said. "It is inspired by the experience of Sunday worship and leads to a continued sacramental life in the church."
Genuflection in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament, whether reserved in the tabernacle or exposed for public adoration, is on one knee.
Prayer options before the Blessed Sacrament on Eucharistic Day include the Litany of the Holy Eucharist; Rosary with Reflection on the Mysteries of Christ; Taizé Prayer; personal, private prayer with books such as: Praying In the Catholic Tradition by Peter Schineller, SJ, (Liquori Publications, 1992), Psalms from the Heartland by Judy Hoff (St. Mary Press, 1993), Earthsongs and Garden Prayers, both by Wayne Simsic (St. Mary Press, 1992), Proclaim Praise (Liturgy Training Publications, 1995).
For more on the Eucharist, Catholics can turn to the Catechism of the Catholic Church, "The Sacrament of the Eucharist," nos. 1322-1419 and the Guide to Keeping Sunday Holy by Pope John Paul.