HCWEOM 90: Adoration In Religious Communities

Fr Brendan, thanks for the plug for these far less contentious posts on documents. Perhaps you or others would care to add some insight to what HCWEOM offers the religious communities of the Church?

90. According 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. Then, with the whole community taking part, the adoration before Christ the Lord, will consist of readings, songs, and religious silence to foster effectively the spiritual life of the community. This promotes between the members of the religious house the spirit of unity and mutual love that the eucharist signifies and effects, and gives the worship due to the sacrament a more sublime expression.

The 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. Through it, in accordance with the nature 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 entire community and Church.

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Todd lives in Minnesota, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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