US ADORE HIM!
On the last
Sunday of each month, there is Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament in the parish
church (Mariukirkjan) between three and six o´clock in the afternoon,
followed by Evening Prayer (Vespers) in Faroese. When the Wise Men followed the
star to Bethlehem after the birth of Jesus, they fell down on their knees when
they saw the child with his mother and adored him. Every time we hear about people in the Bible
meeting God, we are told that they fall on their faces and adore God. Adoration
is the reaction of a believer in an encounter with the almighty
Once, many years ago, a mother told me that she came into a Catholic
church with her seven or eight-year-old son. They went to the tabernacle, where
the Real Presence of Jesus under the form of consecrated Bread is kept. The boy
threw himself down spontaneously in front of the Blessed Sacrament. The mother
got embarrassed and looked around her to see if anyone had seen it. I asked her:
“What did you feel?”. She replied: “I wanted to do the same, but didn´t
Jesus shows us his great love by making his dwelling amongst us under the
form of bread, which is reserved in the tabernacle in the Catholic church:
“And look, I am with you always; yes, to the end of
time” (Matthew 28:20).
“And look, I am
with you always;
yes, to the end
is Jesus really present in our Catholic churches in this way? In order to draw
everyone to himself in a very “earthly” way. It is a place where we can go and
meet Jesus today. The church is his dwelling, not just when we gather for
Mass or prayer services, but all the time. The
church is a holy place, because it is God´s house on earth.
Catholics, believe with all our heart, that the bread and wine really change
during Mass to the Body and Blood of Jesus. The Bread is therefore the sign of
Jesus´ real presence also after Mass. Faith in Jesus´ Sacramental and Real
Presence has been deeply anchored in the hearts of Catholics for hundreds of
years, with the result that we not only gather around him during Mass, but also
have Adoration in front of the exposed Sacrament or privately seek him in the
church for our personal prayer in front of the tabernacle.
There is a story about a priest who once came into a country church and
saw an old man sitting quietly before the tabernacle at the altar. The priest
had noticed him before. He asked him: What are you doing?” He answered. “I look
at him and he looks at me, and then we ´re happy”. That is faith!
"I am the living bread which has come down from heaven.
Anyone who eats this bread will live for ever;
and the bread that I shall give is my flesh,
for the life of the world"
individual and communal adoration of the Blessed Sacrament is a continuation of
the Mass. It is as if we can never stop being
together with Jesus whom we meet during Mass.
Just as it is Jesus himself (and not the priest) who invites us to come
to Mass and to his table, it is also he who invites us to pay him a visit in the
church during the day or during the course of the week.