Redemptionis Sacramentum 139-141

With these three sections, we wrap up RS’s review of Eucharistic Worship outside of Mass.

[139.] Where the diocesan Bishop has sacred ministers or others whom he can assign to this purpose, the faithful have a right to visit the Most Holy Sacrament of the Eucharist frequently for adoration, and to take part in adoration before the Most Holy Eucharist exposed at least at some time in the course of any given year.

This “right” is dependent on the administrative availability of clergy. Long-time readers here know of my fussbudget opinion where rights intersect with responsibility and which should be emphasized. I think a more moral and pastoral course would be to say that wherever possible, the bishop and his clergy have a responsibility to provide frequent adoration with reasonable regularity.

[140.] It is highly recommended that at least in the cities and the larger towns the diocesan Bishop should designate a church building for perpetual adoration; in it, however, Holy Mass should be celebrated frequently, even daily if possible, while the Exposition should rigorously be interrupted while Mass is being celebrated. [Cf. Eucharisticum Mysterium 61; HCWEOM 83; GIRM 317; Code of Canon Law 941 § 2 ] It is fitting that the host to be exposed for adoration should be consecrated in the Mass immediately preceding the time of adoration, and that it should be placed in the monstrance upon the altar after Communion. [Cf. HCWEOM 94]

Our students advocate for more adoration time, and rightly, I think. In our city, the other parish has “perpetual” adoration. (I’ve always thought that adjective was a bit … precious–though I know it has traditional associations. “Continuous” seems a better description.)

Many people do not know of the preference of connecting the celebration of Mass, and providing sacred bread for adoration from the liturgy.

[141.] The diocesan Bishop should acknowledge and foster insofar as possible the right of the various groups of Christ’s faithful to form guilds or associations for the carrying out of adoration, even almost continuous adoration. Whenever such associations assume an international character, it pertains to the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments to erect them and to approve their statutes. [Cf. Pastor Bonus 65]

And we will see if the CDWDS retains this duty, or if it passes to bishops.

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Todd and his family live in Ames, Iowa. He serves a Catholic parish of both Iowa State students and town residents.
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