The Nature, Purpose and Goals of Exposition and Adoration

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The goal of Exposition and adoration is to provide an opportunity to the people of God for growth in a deeper devotion to the Eucharist and a more faithful living of their Christian life. Moreover, through worship of the Blessed Sacrament we grow in our awareness of Christ’s abiding presence with us in the Eucharist and we experience that presence in an always more profound way in spiritual communion with him.

Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament should always have a clearly Eucharistic character. It should always lead the faithful to “a deeper share in the paschal mystery”; they should “respond gratefully to the gift of him who through his humanity constantly pours divine life into the members of his Body”; and they should offer “their entire lives with Christ to the Father in the Holy Spirit”; and adoration of the Eucharistic presence of the Lord should always lead to “an increase of faith, hope and charity” (Art. 5).

At its heart, “prayer before Christ the Lord sacramentally present [in the Eucharist] extends the union with Christ that the faithful have reached in Communion” (Art. 6). This means that adoration refers back to the prior reception of Holy Communion and looks forward to the next Communion. In this in between period, the faithful should always “strive to lead their whole lives in the strength of this heavenly food, as sharers in the death and resurrection of the Lord.”

Both Communion and the adoration that flows from it should lead to the practice of good works, a desire to please God, an increase of a Christian spirit in the world, the development of witnesses to Christ the Lord (Art. 6).