Prayers for all Occasions, Needs, and Intentions
EXPOSITION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT
Relationship Between Exposition and Mass
of the Holy Eucharist, either in the ciborium or in the monstrance, is
intended to acknowledge Christ’s marvelous presence in the sacrament.
Exposition invites us to the spiritual union with him that culminates in
sacramental Communion. Thus it fosters very well the worship due Christ in
spirit and in truth.
kind of exposition must clearly express the cult of the Blessed Sacrament
in its relationship to the Mass. The plan of the exposition should
carefully avoid anything that might somehow obscure the principal desire
of Christ in instituting the Eucharist, namely, to be with us as food,
medicine and comfort.
the exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, the celebration of Mass is
prohibited in the body of the Church. The celebration of Mass reveals in
its orderly progress the various ways in which Christ is present in the
Church. He is present in the congregation which gathers to acknowledge
him: present in his word during the reading of Scripture and the homily;
present in the person of the minister; last but not least, present under
the form of bread and wine. His presence as God and man in the sacrament
of the Eucharist is without parallel elsewhere: he is wholly and
completely present. This is not to deny that Christ is genuinely present
in other ways too, but we describe this as the "Real Presence because
it is the most personal.” In addition to these reasons, the celebration
of the Eucharistic mystery includes in a more perfect way the internal
communion to which exposition seeks to lead the faithful.
exposition of the Blessed Sacrament is extended for an entire day or over
several days, it is to be interrupted during the celebration of Mass. Mass
may be celebrated in a chapel distinct from the area of exposition if at
least some members of the faithful remain in adoration.
single genuflection is made in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament,
whether reserved in the tabernacle or exposed for public adoration.
exposition of the Blessed Sacrament in the monstrance, four to six candles
are lighted, as at Mass, and incense is used. For exposition of the
Blessed Sacrament in the ciborium, at least two candles should be lighted,
and incense may be used.
churches where the Eucharist is regularly reserved, it is recommended that
solemn exposition of the Blessed Sacrament for an extended period of time
should take place once a year, even though this period is not strictly
continuous. In this way the local community may reflect more profoundly
upon this mystery and adore Christ in the sacrament.
kind of exposition, however, may take place, with the consent of the local
ordinary, only if suitable numbers of the faithful are expected to be
a grave and general necessity the local ordinary may direct that a more
extended period of supplication before the Blessed Sacrament exposed take
place in churches where the faithful assemble in large numbers.
a period of uninterrupted exposition is not possible, because of too few
worshipers, the Blessed Sacrament may be replaced in the tabernacle during
periods that have been scheduled and announced beforehand. This reposition
may not take place more often than twice during the day, for example,
about noon and at night.
following form of simple reposition may be observed: the priest or deacon,
vested in an alb, or surplice over a cassock, and a stole, replaces the
Blessed Sacrament in the tabernacle after a brief period of adoration and
a prayer said with those present. The exposition of the Blessed Sacrament
may take place in the same manner (at the scheduled time).
Period of Exposition
expositions of the Eucharist are to be arranged in such a way that the
blessing with the Eucharist is preceded by a suitable period for readings
of the word of God, songs, prayers and sufficient time for silent prayer.
held exclusively for the giving of benediction is prohibited.
in Religious Communities
to the constitutions and regulations of their institute, some Religious
communities and other groups have the practice of perpetual Eucharistic
adoration or adoration over extended periods of time. It is strongly
recommended that they pattern this holy practice in harmony with the
spirit of the liturgy. Thus, when the whole community takes part in
adoration before Christ the Lord, readings, songs and religious silence
may foster effectively the spiritual life of the community. This will
promote among the members of the Religious house the spirit of unity and
brotherhood, which the Eucharist signifies and effects, and the cult of
the sacrament may express a noble form of worship.
form of adoration in which one or two members of the community take turns
before the Blessed Sacrament is also to be maintained and is highly
commended. In accordance with the life of the institute, as approved by
the Church, the worshipers adore Christ the Lord in the sacrament and pray
to him in the name of the whole community and of the Church.
Minister of Exposition
ordinary minister for exposition of the Eucharist is a priest or deacon.
At the end of the period of adoration, before the reposition, he blesses
the people with the sacrament.
the absence of a priest or deacon or if they are lawfully impeded, the
following persons may publicly expose and later repose the Holy Eucharist
for the adoration of the faithful: (a) an acolyte or special minister of
Communion; (b) a member of a Religious community or of a lay association
of men or women which is devoted to Eucharistic adoration, upon
appointment by the local ordinary.
ministers may open the tabernacle and also, if suitable, place the
ciborium on the altar or place the host in the monstrance. At the end of
the period of adoration, they replace the Blessed Sacrament in the
tabernacle. It is not lawful, however, for them to give the blessing with
minister, if he is a priest or deacon, should vest in an alb or in a
surplice over a cassock and should wear a white stole.
ministers should wear either the liturgical vestments that are usual in
the region or the vesture which is suitable for this ministry and which
has been approved by the ordinary.
priest or deacon should wear a white cope and humeral veil to give the
blessing at the end of adoration, when the exposition takes place with the
monstrance; in the case of exposition in the ciborium, the humeral veil
should be worn.
of Eucharistic Exposition and Benediction
the people have assembled, a song may be sung while the minister comes to
the altar. If the Holy Eucharist is not reserved at the altar where the
exposition is to take place, the minister puts on a humeral veil and
brings the sacrament from the place of reservation; he is accompanied by
servers or by the faithful with lighted candles.
ciborium or monstrance should be placed upon the table of the altar, which
is covered with a cloth. If exposition with the monstrance is to extend
over a long period, a throne in an elevated position may be used, but this
should not be too lofty or distant. After exposition, if the monstrance is
used, the minister incenses the sacrament. If the adoration is to be
lengthy, he may then withdraw.
the case of a more solemn and lengthy exposition, the host should be
consecrated in the Mass which immediately precedes the exposition and
after Communion should be placed in the monstrance upon the altar. The
Mass ends with the prayer after Communion, and the concluding rites are
omitted. Before the priest leaves, he may place the Blessed Sacrament on
the throne and incense it.
the exposition there should be prayers, songs and readings to direct the
attention of the faithful to the worship of Christ the Lord.
encourage a prayerful spirit, there should be readings from Scripture with
a homily or brief exhortations to develop a better understanding of the
Eucharistic mystery. It is also desirable for the people to respond to the
word of God by singing and to spend some periods of time in religious
of the Liturgy of the Hours, especially the principal hours, may be
celebrated before the Blessed Sacrament when there is a lengthy period of
exposition. This liturgy extends the praise and thanksgiving offered to
God in the Eucharistic celebration to the several hours of the day; it
directs the prayers of the Church to Christ and through him to the Father
in the name of the whole world.
the end of the exposition the priest or deacon goes to the altar,
genuflects and kneels. Then a hymn or other Eucharistic song is sung.
Meanwhile the minister, while kneeling, incenses the sacrament if the
exposition has taken place with the monstrance. Afterward the minister
rises and sings or says:
a brief period of silence, the minister continues:
Jesus Christ, you gave us the Eucharist as the memorial of your suffering
and death. May our worship of this sacrament of your body and Blood help
us to experience the salvation you won for us and the peace of the kingdom
where you live with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and
prayers may be chosen:
our God, in this great sacrament we come into the presence of Jesus
Christ, your Son, born of the Virgin Mary and crucified for our salvation.
May we who declare our faith in this fountain of love and mercy drink from
it the water of everlasting life. We ask this through Christ our Lord.
our God, may we always give due honor to the sacramental presence of the
Lamb Who was slain for us. May our faith be rewarded by the vision of His
glory, Who lives and reigns forever and ever.
our God, you have given us the true bread from heaven. In the strength of
this food may we live always by your life and rise in glory on the last
day. We ask this through Christ our Lord.
give to our hearts the light of faith and the fire of love, that we may
worship in spirit and in truth our God and Lord, present in this
sacrament, who lives and reigns forever and ever.
may this sacrament of new life warm our hearts with your love and make us
eager for the eternal joy of your kingdom. We ask this through Christ our
our God, teach us to cherish in our hearts the paschal mystery of your Son
by which you redeemed the world. Watch over the gifts of grace your love
has given us and bring them to fulfillment in the glory of heaven. We ask
this through Christ our Lord.
the prayer the priest or deacon puts on the humeral veil, genuflects and
takes the monstrance or ciborium. He makes the sign of the cross over the
people with the monstrance or ciborium, in silence.
the blessing the priest or deacon who gave the blessing, or another priest
or deacon, replaces the Blessed Sacrament in the tabernacle and
genuflects. Meanwhile the people may sing or say an acclamation, and the
minister then leaves.
union with us is his gift to us. So our union with one another is
conditioned by the act of giving. We are members of Christ. But to keep
this place of privilege we have to give and keep giving. Sacrifice is the
law of love, both human and divine.
love, then, is to be given out with both hands, communicating to others
the good things of Jesus Christ, this we do when we love one another. In
this setting of love we come before the Blessed Sacrament.
love of Christ has gathered us together.
us rejoice in him and be cheerful;
us love the living God,
love each other with honest hearts.
us take care not to be isolated in ourselves;
ill will, quarrels and disagreements stop,
Christ our Lord be among us.
the Last Supper, our Lord identified himself completely with this command
of loving one another. He said: “This is my commandment.” The Church
assumes, when a Christian comes to worship, that love of neighbor and
reconciliation with one’s brothers is a fact. Our Lord himself told his
hearers that love of one another was the condition for making an offering
at the altar. He taught that if we had anything against our neighbor, we
should first go back and be reconciled, and then come before the Lord to
offer the gift of sacrifice.
the Eucharist we have the sacrament of love. It is here before the altar
that we can interpret best the true concept of love of all men in Christ,
It is here before Christ, transfigured in the joy of the resurrection,
that the most crucial test of love is experienced.
race, nor creed can love exclude
honored by God’s name.
brotherhood embraces all
Father is the same.
can never make air end of our gratitude to thee, who never ceasest to
cherish us with thy mercy. Who can sufficiently praise the works of thy
power, thou whose divine presence no human eye can see, whose greatness no
words can tell? Let it be sufficient, then, that we are able to love thee
as our Father, reverence thee as our Ruler, acknowledge thee as our
Creator, welcome thee as our Redeemer. So as most gentle Ruler and Guide,
lead us on that narrow path that thou wouldst have us ascend to the
attainment of our lasting happiness” (Gothic
Missal, seventh century).
kneeling before thy Majesty, we earnestly pray that, since thou dost see
the limits of our human weakness, thou wouldst not in anger blame us for
our disobedience, but with thy boundless pity cleanse us, teach us and
comfort us; and since, if thou dost not help us, we cannot do what is
well-pleasing in thy sight, let thy grace come to help us, that we may
live to our own well-being, ever friends with thee” (Eleventh-century
Lord God of strength, who are true charity, unshaken tranquility and
hope unfailing: do thou, O Lord our God, give to thy servants here present
in the sight of thy Majesty, the gifts of charity, kindness, calmness and
lasting peace, that we may all in purity of heart and goodness of soul
have peace with each other” (Liturgy
of St. John).
mindful, O Lord, of all those who have asked us to remember them in the
prayers and petitions we now make in thy sight. O Lord our God, be mindful
of those whose memory is always with us, and those who are especially in
our thoughts at this moment and in our present prayer. Bring them the
grace of a strong and lasting defense against all that may harm them” (Coptic
FOR THE LOVE OF GOD
man will have a great and long struggle with himself, before he fully
learns to master self and to turn his whole affection towards God.
a man relies on himself, he easily turns aside to human consolations. But
a true lover of Christ, and a diligent pursuer of virtue, does not fall
back upon consolations, nor seek such sensible sweetnesses; he prefers
hard trials and would wish to undergo severe labors for Christ” (Imitation
my Lord Jesus, let me never for an instant forget that thou hast
established on earth a kingdom of thy own; that the Church is thy work,
thy establishment, thy instrument; that we are under thy rule; that where
the Church speaks, thou dost speak. Let not familiarity with this
wonderful truth lead me to be insensible to it” (John
“O Christ our Lord, perfect lover of mankind, grant, we beseech thee, that there may ever abide in us, knowledge, intelligence, understanding and wisdom. So may we see ever deeper and deeper, and understand and appreciate the lesson of thy holiness, which is open before us in thy sight. As thou didst so enrich Paul, making him worthy of such great graces, make us also, we beseech thee, O Author of life, to imitate him and follow closely in his footsteps” (Missa Ethiopum, tenth century).
have mercy on us.
have mercy on us.
have mercy on us.
graciously hear us.
the Father of heaven, have mercy on us.
the Son, Redeemer of the world, *
the Holy Spirit, *
Trinity, one God, *
of Jesus, Son of the eternal Father, *
of Jesus, formed by the Holy Spirit in the Virgin’s womb, *
of Jesus, hypostatically united to the Word of God, *
of Jesus, infinite in majesty, *
of Jesus, God’s holy temple, *
of Jesus, tabernacle of the Most High, *
of Jesus, house of God and gate of heaven, *
of Jesus, glowing furnace of charity, *
of Jesus, vessel of love and justice, *
of Jesus, full of loving kindness, *
of Jesus, deep well of all virtues, *
of Jesus, most worthy of all praise, *
of Jesus, royal home of all hearts, *
of Jesus, treasure house of wisdom and knowledge, *
of Jesus, wherein abides all the fullness of the Godhead, *
of Jesus, in which the Father is well pleased, *
of Jesus, of whose fullness we have all received,
of Jesus, desire of the eternal hills, *
of Jesus, patient and rich in mercy, *
of Jesus, bountiful to all who call upon you, *
of Jesus, fount of life and holiness, *
of Jesus, propitiation for our offenses, *
of Jesus, overwhelmed with reproaches, *
of Jesus, bruised for our iniquities, *
of Jesus, patient even unto death, *
of Jesus, opened by a spear, *
of Jesus, fountain of all consolation, *
of Jesus, our life and resurrection, *
of Jesus, our peace and atonement, *
of Jesus, victim of all our sins, *
of Jesus, health of them that trust in you, *
of Jesus, hope of them that die in you, *
of Jesus, delight of all the saints, *
of God, you take away the sins of the world: spare us, O Lord.
Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world: graciously hear us, O Lord.
of God, you take away the sins of the world: have mercy on us.
Jesus, meek and humble of heart.
Make our hearts like unto yours.
* Have mercy on us.
and everlasting God, look upon the heart of your well-beloved Son,
honoring you and making amends in the name of sinners and whereas they
implore your pity, do you mercifully grant forgiveness, in the name of
your Son, Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with you forever and ever.
in heaven, You have made us for yourself; Our hearts are restless until
they rest in you. Fulfill this longing through Jesus, the bread of life,
So that we may witness to him Who alone satisfies the hungers of the human
family. By the power of your Spirit Lead us to the heavenly table Where we
may feast on the vision of your glory Forever and ever. Amen.
Day or Holy Hour
Sacred Congregation for the Sacraments and Divine Worship has stated that
exposition of the Blessed Sacrament stimulates the people of God to a
deeper awareness of the Real Presence of Christ and encourages parishes to
have each year a period of solemn exposition in order to give the faithful
an opportunity of adoring and meditating on Eucharistic mystery with
deeper devotion. Care must be taken that the worship is seen in
relationship to the Mass.
It is forbidden to celebrate Mass in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament exposed. During the exposition, Mass may not be celebrated in the same area of the church. The day or period of exposition could well begin with Mass and, if permitted, a votive Mass of the Eucharist. At the conclusion of the Mass, exposition takes place.