Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Finding our place...

 "Do you not know that God has placed churches in the cities as ports in
the sea, that those who come tither for shelter from the
storms of this world may find perfect peace?" - St John Chrysostom
St Michael's Cathedral ~ Toronto, Ontario ~ Canada

"When the adorer crosses
the threshold of the sacred temple,
when he sees the mysterious lamp which,
like the star of the Magi,
indicates the presence of Jesus,
oh, then, with what faith and joy,
with what transports of love he prostrates himself
at the foot of this tabernacle of love!"
St. Peter Julian Eymard
Catechism of the Catholic Church [1994]
§1379. The tabernacle was first intended for the reservation of the Eucharist in a worthy place so that it could be brought to the sick and those absent, outside of Mass. As faith in the real presence of Christ in his Eucharist deepened, the Church became conscious of the meaning of silent adoration of the Lord present under the Eucharistic species. It is for this reason that the tabernacle should be located in an especially worthy place in the church and should be constructed in such a way that it emphasizes and manifests the truth of the real presence of Christ in the Blessed Sacrament.

Code of Canon Law (1983)
Can 940: "A special lamp to indicate and honor the presence of Christ is to burn at all times before the tabernacle in which the Most Holy Eucharist is reserved".

"Not only while the sacrifice is offered and the sacrament is received, but as long as the Eucharist is kept in our churches and oratories, Christ is truly the Emmanuel, that is, 'God with us'.  Day and night He is in our midst, He dwells with us, full of grace and truth.  He restores morality, nourishes virtues, consoles the afflicted, strengthens the weak." -Pope Paul VI

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