Pope Benedict

Eucharistic Adoration

“It is moving for me to see how everywhere in the Church the joy of Eucharistic adoration is reawakening and being fruitful. In the period of liturgical reform, Mass and adoration outside it were often seen as in opposition to one another: it was thought that the Eucharistic Bread had not been given to be contemplated, but to be eaten, as a widespread objection claimed at that time. The experience of the prayer of the Church has already shown how nonsensical this antithesis was. Augustine had formerly said: “ . . . No one should eat this flesh without first adoring it . . . we should sin were we not to adore it.”

Pope Benedict XVI, in his December 22, 2005 Christmas Address to the Cardinals and members of the Roman Curia