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Pope Promotes Global Eucharistic
A renewal of Eucharistic adoration will only be possible through a
greater awareness of the mystery in complete faithfulness to sacred
Tradition, and by enhancing liturgical life within our communities.
VATICAN CITY (Zenit) - Benedict XVI is calling for a renewal of
Eucharistic adoration, which he said helps to bring about a "fundamental
The Pope said this on March 13, 2009 upon receiving in audience
participants in the plenary assembly of the Congregation for Divine
Worship and the Sacraments, who have been meeting to consider the
question of Eucharistic adoration.
The Pontiff said he hoped the meeting would help to clarify "the
liturgical and pastoral means by which the Church of our time can
promote faith in the real presence of the Lord in the Blessed Eucharist,
and to ensure that the celebration of Mass fully incorporates the aspect
"The doctrine of the transubstantiation of the bread and wine, and of
the real presence, are a truth of faith," the Holy Father affirmed,
"already evident in sacred Scripture and later confirmed by the Fathers
of the Church."
"Adoration must become union," Benedict XVI added, "union with the
living Lord and with His mystical Body."
Citing his address at the 2005 World Youth Day in Cologne, Germany,
Benedict XVI explained that in the Eucharist, "God no longer simply
stands before us as the One who is totally Other. He is within us, and
we are in him. His dynamic enters into us and then seeks to spread
outward to others until it fills the world, so that his love can truly
become the dominant measure of the world."
The Pontiff said that in Cologne he also told the youth present that in
the Eucharist "we experience the fundamental transformation of violence
into love, of death into life. This brings other changes in its wake."
He noted that a renewal of Eucharistic adoration "will only be possible
through a greater awareness of the mystery in complete faithfulness to
sacred Tradition, and by enhancing liturgical life within our
Benedict XVI also noted "three penitential practices particularly dear
to biblical and Christian tradition (prayer, almsgiving and fasting),"
and urged the faithful to "encourage one another to rediscover and
practice fasting with renewed fervor, not only as a form of asceticism
but also as a preparation for the Eucharist and as a spiritual weapon to
fight against any disordered attachment to ourselves."