Because of a Baby, a Cross, and What Happened in Between

Posted by Webster 
Since July 2008, our parish has offered Eucharistic Adoration sixty hours a week. We’re not “perpetual” yet, but don’t bet against us. I find that there are boring days in the chapel, puzzling days, and, yes, some astonishing days, too, before the Blessed Sacrament. Today was one of these.

As usual, the Eucharist was displayed in a monstrance. Sometimes, it is contained within the Tabernacle, as shown here. Sometimes, a more dramatic monstrance, the classic sunburst (although surely there’s an official name for it), stands on the altar before the Tabernacle. Always, of course, the crucifix hovers overhead.

But only during Christmastide is there a Nativity scene set up in front of the altar. And so only during Christmastide are we treated to this astonishing juxtaposition: a Divine Child, a Man-God sacrificed for us, and—between the two—the heart of the matter.

A friend asked me once if I had converted because of the Eucharist. At the time, I didn’t even understand what the Eucharist is. Now, I have some personal experience. And I will be back tomorrow.

  • Anonymous

    I felt the same way about the Eucharist when I converted. I didn't know enough about it except to know that that God's authority on earth said it was Jesus and so it was Jesus. Now, I "get" it. I often say…"I didn't convert becuase of the Eucharist, but it is the reason I will always be Catholic. Being able to visit Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament is such a gift. I really need to make it a regular appointment and become an adorer. Thank you for the reminder. God Bless you for your blog!

  • Webster Bull

    Thank you.