Eucharistic Adoration Enters Its 25th Year in Czestochowa
Devotion Introduced After Eucharistic Congress Attended by Pope John Paul II
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By Father Mariusz Frukacz
CZESTOCHOWA, Poland, JUNE 19, 2012 (Zenit.org).- One of the fruits of the National Eucharistic Congress in Poland, held in 1987 with Pope John Paul II, was the introduction of Eucharistic adoration in the Diocese of Czestochowa.
"It is to deepen faith in the miraculous presence of Christ in the Most Blessed Sacrament and to seek an ever more profound union with Him, and to commemorate the 2nd National Eucharistic Congress," reads the decree that instituted perpetual adoration.
For the past 25 years, the "Days of the Eucharist" are held in every parish throughout the diocese. Each pastoral region also has a Chapel of Perpetual Adoration, that is considered as a great spiritual gift for the faithful.
This is, in fact, "the place where man can meet personally with Jesus and present our problems, difficulties and sufferings to him," said retired Archbishop Stanislaw Nowak.
"In our life, perpetual adoration gives us the opportunity to meet Jesus personally. In fact, adoration is a personal encounter with God as a loving Person and the Eucharist is the heart of our parish communities," he added.
Many faithful before the Blessed Sacrament "not only pray for their own personal affairs, but they pray for the whole parish, for vocations to the priesthood as well," the Polish prelate reflected.
"When I am in a church, where there is a Chapel of Perpetual Adoration, I must go there, even if only for a moment, to glorify Jesus," said Jowita Kostrzewska of Blachownia. "If I didn’t do so, I would feel as if there was a very close person at home and I did not see him. We must remember that Jesus is always waiting for us with open arms. It is enough for us to come and kneel before Him and He will act."
Continuing her testimony to ZENIT, Kostrzewska said: "Adoration of the Most Blessed Sacrament gives us peace of heart. For me, it has a profound meaning. It is the moment I can meet directly with Jesus and feel his presence. Looking at the Host, I can obtain an answer and an indication of what way I should follow in life."