Benediction

Benediction


In Benediction the priest places the Blessed Sacrament on the altar for adoration.  At this time, a hymn of praise (such as O Salutaris Hostia) is sung as the priest incenses the Blessed Sacrament. During the period of adoration, the faithful may pray in quiet and foster a deeper spiritual communion with the Lord. However, the adoration period may also include prayers, such as a novena or Liturgy of the Hours, and readings from sacred Scripture accompanied perhaps by a homily or exhortation to increase the understanding of the Eucharistic mystery.

At the end of the period of adoration, the priest again incenses the Blessed Sacrament as a hymn of praise is sung (such as Tantum Ergo), and then blesses the congregation with the Blessed Sacrament, making the sign of the cross. After the blessing, the priest reposes the Blessed Sacrament in the tabernacle.

It is a quiet peaceful time in our busy lives to simply to be with our Risen Lord to place ourselves in his presence, to worship him present in the Blessed Sacrament, to open our lives to the power of his presence.

At the end of Benediction the Priest or Deacon blesses the congregation with the Blessed Sacrament, making the sign of the cross.

Benediction is on Sunday at 4.00pm.  During Lent there is no Benediction, but there is Stations of the Cross at 4pm on Sunday.