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Devotion to the Sacred Heart
On October 16th the Church celebrates the feast day of St. Margaret Mary Alacoque, a French nun who lived in the late 17th century. She had visions of Jesus who came to her asking her to promote devotion to his Sacred Heart. His Eminence Raymond Cardinal Burke states in his book The Enthronement of the Sacred Heart of Jesus that, “Devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus is the most effective means of living always in the company of our Lord Jesus Whom we receive in Holy Communion. It consists of an ardent love for Our Lord in the Holy Eucharist with grief at seeing him so little honored, and it includes acts of reparation for the contempt and offenses committed against him.” Read more
Eucharistic Adoration is adoring or honouring the Eucharistic Presence of Christ. In a deeper sense, it involves "the contemplation of the Mystery of Christ truly present before us".
During Eucharistic Adoration, we "watch and wait", we remain "silent" in His Presence and open ourselves to His Graces which flow from the Eucharist ... By worshiping the Eucharistic Jesus, we become what God wants us to be! Like a magnet, The Lord draws us to Himself and gently transforms us. In its fullest essence ... Eucharistic Adoration is "God and Man reaching out for each other, at the same time!" Read more
Blessing of a Christmas Tree
The use of the Christmas tree is relatively modern. Its origins are found in the medieval mystery plays that depicted the tree of paradise and the Christmas light or candle that symbolized Christ, the Light of the world. According to custom, the Christmas tree is set up just before Christmas and may remain in place until the Solemnity of Epiphany. The lights of the tree are illuminated after the prayer of blessing. Read more