For 2000 years, Catholics have believed Jesus to be truly present in the most Holy Eucharist, just as He taught His disciples in John 6. We believe that at each celebration of the Mass, bread and wine are truly transformed into the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ. Therefore, Jesus comes to be present with us not only spiritually, but physically. In the Eucharist, Jesus is just as present with us in the form of bread and wine as He was in the form of a man 2000 years ago when He walked the earth.
Therefore, if Jesus is truly present (Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity) in the most Holy Eucharist, then we can gaze upon Jesus and worship him in his physical presence. Therefore, we are blessed with the awesome opportunity to worship Jesus through Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, or most Holy Eucharist. In Eucharistic Adoration, the Eucharistic Host (the Body of Jesus) is placed in a gold monstrance to be adored (see picture).
Catholics believe that during the Mass which we attend each week (for some of us daily), the priest (during the consecration) speaks these words as he holds the communion host: "He took bread and gave you thanks. He broke the bread, gave it to his disciples, and said: Take this all of you, and eat it: this is my body which will be given up for you." When the priest says "this my body," it is at that instant when, through the miracle of transubstantiation, the bread and wine which we offer as the bloodless sacrifice to our Lord truly become the Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Jesus. It is His true Presence in the form of bread and wine. It is Christ.
Adoration is open to anyone. Please maintain a disposition of silence and reverence in the chapel, recognizing that you are in the presence of Christ and that other adorers may also be present.
In our Adoration Chapel, a priest has taken a consecrated host, and placed it in a monstrance. (Monstrance comes from the Latin "monstrare" to show, to expose to view.) The monstrance at Christ the King Cathedral is attached to the door of the tabernacle (an ornate box which holds the monstrance and any consecrated hosts).
When you visit the chapel, be sure that the sacrament is exposed by opening the small door on the front of the tabernacle. During the time you are there, pray before the very presence of Our Lord, exposed in the monstrance. It is your time alone with Jesus to recite your favorite prayers, read the Bible, contemplate acts of faith, hope, charity, thanksgiving, reparation, pray a rosary or do whatever type of prayerful devotion that suits you before Our Lord. You can just sit and say nothing simply keeping Him company, just as you would with a dear friend.
When you exit the chapel, if no one is remaining in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament, you must repose the Sacred Host by closing the small door on the front of the tabernacle.
At Christ the King Cathedral, we encourage the faithful to practice perpetual adoration - 24 hours a day, 7 days a week - in The Blessed Sacrament Chapel. We offer several ways to adore Christ in the Blessed Sacrament:
You, your family, your ARISE group or other parish organization may sign up for a regular hour to ensure that all hours of Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration have at least one adorer at all times. To sign up for a regular hour, please contact Barbara Schneweis at 438-0081 or complete the registration form below. All adorers who commit to a regular weekly hour in the Lord's presence are also members of ...
You may join our Adorers of the Blessed Sacrament prayer group, which is open to all who have received the sacrament of First Holy Communion. Members receive a card with a number on it and commit to spend time in adoration whenever they want, as often as they want and for as little or as long as they desire. Simply enter your name and membership number into the log book outside the Adoration Chapel on each and every visit so that we can report in the bulletin the number of different adorers each week and the total hours spent in adoration. For more information, please contact Barbara Schneweis at 438-0081.
Christ the King Cathedral (CTKC) offers Eucharistic adoration and a prayer vigil for the cause of Catholic Education in the Diocese of Lubbock on the First Friday of each month. Prayer and adoration begin after the 8:15 a.m. Mass on the First Friday and continue throughout the day and into the evening ending on the First Saturday morning with benediction at 7:30 a.m.
CTKC students, faculty and staff participate in our prayer efforts, efforts that constitute the epicenter of our desire to expand, improve and further develop Catholic education throughout the diocese. All are welcome to join us during this time to spend an hour of adoration during any time you might choose or to remain all night keeping vigil for our Catholic schools and for Catholic education throughout the diocese.
Spend an hour with the Blessed Sacrament at 7 p.m. on the second Thursday of each month for the intentions of vocations to the priesthood and religious life. Includes exposition, homily, prayer and benediction.