EASA Mission Statement:
Eucharistic Adoration of San Antonio (EASA) is established to encourage and support the increase of Eucharistic Adoration in the Archdiocese of San Antonio and assist other dioceses as called upon. To give greater honor and glory to God.
The Church in our country will be what our Eucharistic devotion is. With this in mind, let us ask our Blessed Mother to help us increase our ‘hunger’ for Jesus ... ”
– Most Reverend José H. Gomez, Archbishop of San Antonio
Return to Eucharistic Adoration
Pope Benedict XVI expressed hopes for the widespread practice of Eucharistic adoration. He shares the same message of his predecessor Pope John Paul II that the world needs Eucharistic adoration; that every parish throughout the world should take on this reverent practice. At this aching time in the history of the Church it should be the goal of Catholics everywhere to rediscover the source of hope, the Eucharist. The rediscovery of Eucharistic adoration is beneficial to the whole Church. In the words of Pope Benedict XVI, “I thank the Lord because many parishes, alongside the devout celebration of Mass, are educating the faithful in Eucharistic adoration. And it is my hope that this practice will become ever more widespread.” Information source: Vatican City Catholic News AgencySacrament of Charity Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation of Benedict XVI (Sacramentum Caritatis)
Here in Part 2 - Adoration & Eucharistic Devotion is covered. But there are others areas in the document that point to Eucharistic Adoration.
THE EUCHARIST, A MYSTERY TO BE CELEBRATED
Adoration and Eucharistic devotion
The intrinsic relationship between celebration and adoration
66. One of the most moving moments of the Synod came when we gathered in Saint Peter's Basilica, together with a great number of the faithful, for eucharistic adoration. In this act of prayer, and not just in words, the assembly of Bishops wanted to point out the intrinsic relationship between eucharistic celebration and eucharistic adoration. A growing appreciation of this significant aspect of the Church's faith has been an important part of our experience in the years following the liturgical renewal desired by the Second Vatican Council. During the early phases of the reform, the inherent relationship between Mass and adoration of the Blessed Sacrament was not always perceived with sufficient clarity. For example, an objection that was widespread at the time argued that the eucharistic bread was given to us not to be looked at, but to be eaten. In the light of the Church's experience of prayer, however, this was seen to be a false dichotomy. As Saint Augustine put it: "nemo autem illam carnem
The practice of eucharistic adoration
67. With the Synod Assembly, therefore, I heartily recommend to the Church's pastors and to the People of God the practice of eucharistic adoration, both individually and in community. (194) Great benefit would ensue from a suitable catechesis explaining the importance of this act of worship, which enables the faithful to experience the liturgical celebration more fully and more fruitfully. Wherever possible, it would be appropriate, especially in densely populated areas, to set aside specific churches or oratories for perpetual adoration. I also recommend that, in their catechetical training, and especially in their preparation for First Holy Communion, children be taught the meaning and the beauty of spending time with Jesus, and helped to cultivate a sense of awe before his presence in the Eucharist.
Here I would like to express appreciation and support for all those Institutes of Consecrated Life whose members dedicate a significant amount of time to eucharistic adoration. In this way they give us an