Advent is our time to prepare for the coming of Jesus at Christmas. It is a time to slow down in our busy world, to take time to grow closer to our Lord through prayer, reflection, and sacrifice. This year, the Worship commission has scheduled Eucharistic Adoration and Taizé Services as times of prayer and reflection for our faith community.
Eucharistic Adoration – a time to come and adore the Lord in the Eucharist echoes the preparation of coming to adore the Lord at the nativity at Christmas.
The Catechism of the Catholic Church notes that the act of adoring God helps people focus on what is important.
2097 “To adore God is to acknowledge, in respect and absolute submission, the “nothingness of the creature” who would not exist but for God. To adore God is to praise and exalt him and to humble oneself, as Mary did in the Magnificat, confessing with gratitude that he has done great things and holy is his name,” the catechism states. “The worship of the one God sets man free from turning in on himself, from the slavery of sin and the idolatry of the world.”
Taizé Prayer – combines prayer, scripture, silent meditation, candles and music as a way to help us slow down, reflect and become more centered spiritually. Taizé prayer was developed in the 1940’s by Catholic and Protestant community in Taizé France. “From its beginning the community has been inspired by two aims: to live in communion with God through prayer and to be a leaven of peace and trust in the midst of the human family.”
If you are seeking a way to deepen your walk with our Lord and bring a little peace to your soul, join us on Thursdays – December 2, 9 and 16:
St. Augustine Mass 9am – followed by Eucharistic Adoration 9:30am – 10:45 am
St. Matthew Eucharistic Adoration 4:30pm until the end of Taize Prayer