Bishop Cistone encourages the faithful to spend time, even a few minutes, in adoration and contemplation before the Lord in the Holy Eucharist.
SAGINAW — The Most Rev. Joseph R. Cistone, Bishop of Saginaw, remembers attending 40 Hours devotionals as a child, “On any Sunday, Monday and Tuesday, there was a parish church celebrating 40 Hours, where the Blessed Sacrament was exposed for adoration,” Bishop Cistone said.
As pastor of the Cathedral of Mary of the Assumption, Bishop Cistone and the Rev. Thomas J. McNamara, Cathedral Rector, began a celebration of Eucharistic Days on Sunday night that will continue through Tuesday evening. All are welcome to enter the Cathedral and pray in silence before the Eucharist exposed in the monstrance on the altar.
“When you come before the Lord, present in the Holy Eucharist, you can tell Him you love Him and express your concerns. But, don’t forget to ask yourself, ‘Who has the more important thing to say?’ Be sure to listen to the Lord. Let Him speak to you and inspire you.”
The Catholic faith teaches that in the Eucharist the Body and Blood of Jesus are truly, really and substantially present for the nourishment of souls; to come before the Eucharist is to come into the presence of the Lord.
The schedule for the celebration of Eucharistic Days at the Cathedral is as follows:
Monday, October 17
Cathedral open for adoration of the Blessed Sacrament throughout the day Vespers, Homily, and Benediction beginning at 7:00 p.m.
Tuesday, October 18
Mass at 9:00 a.m. Cathedral open for adoration of the Blessed Sacrament throughout the day Vespers, Homily, and Benediction beginning at 7:00 p.m.
“The Eucharist is central to our lives,” Bishop Cistone said. “We gain our identity and our strength from the Eucharist. I wish to encourage the people of the diocese to know and experience the Lord’s presence in the Blessed Sacrament and to listen to what He is saying to them.”