St. Cecilia Parish to begin perpetual exposed Eucharistic Adoration in November
Hastings (SNR) – St. Cecilia Parish in Hastings will host the “Eucharistic Miracles Exhibition,” opening with the 7 a.m. Mass Saturday, Sept. 13 and concluding with prayer and benediction Sunday, Sept. 21 at 2 p.m.
During the nine-day event, guests are invited to wander through the church and the adjoining Centennial Hall and read the stories of more than 100 Eucharistic miracles that have occurred during the past 13 centuries.
Each evening during the display period, the rosary will be recited in the church at 6:45. Volunteers will be available from 7 to 9 p.m. in Centennial Hall to answer questions, and to sell books and CDs.
The display includes the story of Lanciano, Italy in the 8th century – the first approved Eucharistic miracle, which has been subject to extensive scientific study and analysis. For example, the blood type of the Flesh of the Lunciano host is AB, as is the blood type on the Shroud of Turin.
The display also includes the story from 1228 about a young woman in Alatri, Italy, who, in an effort to regain her lost sweetheart, sought the help of a sorceress, and stole a consecrated host. A more recent story is from France about Marthe Robin (1902-1981), who was nourished by the Eucharist alone for 53 years.
“We are hosting the display to inspire our parishioners’ faith in the Eucharist,” explained Father Joseph Walsh, pastor of St. Cecilia. “Beginning on our feast day, Nov. 22, we will inaugurate perpetual exposed Eucharistic Adoration in the parish. We’re trying to inspire and motivate our parish to embrace this devotion.”
The exhibit was produced by the Pontifical Academy for the Cult of the Martyrs as a Vatican International Exhibition of the Eucharist. The Real Presence Eucharistic Education and Adoration Association of Lombard, Ill. was authorized by the Vatican to present the displays in the Untied States. A copy of the posters was made available to St. Cecilia Parish through the Evangelization Office of the Diocese of Lincoln.
“Eucharistic miracles happen every day,” Father Walsh said. “They happen at the Mass, through the gift of Jesus’ priesthood.”
But the Church has also been given the gift of extraordinary events surrounding the Eucharist, and these gifts help deepen the faith we profess.
“Visitors will also gain a sense of how God has blessed many nations and people with Eucharistic miracles,” continued Father Walsh, noting that the display includes approved miracles from Austria, Belgium, Carribean Island of Martinique, Colombia, Croatia, Denmark, Egypt, France, Germany, India, Island of the Réunion (French Colony), Italy, Netherlands, Mexico, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Spain, and Switzerland. The most recent miracle in this century occurred in Chirattakonam, India.
“It will be fascinating to witness how God continues His Eucharistic miracle in us.”
The display is open to the public, from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. The visit is free. Visitors have the opportunity to make a donation and the money will be sent to Lombard, Ill., and the Real Presence Eucharistic Education and Adoration Association.