A Pray Tell reader writes with this question:
In light of Pope Francis celebrating Eucharistic Adoration on the Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ, and calling for a world-wide participation in the event, a question has arisen. Is it appropriate to have Eucharist Adoration on a Sunday? The celebration of the Eucharist in the sacrifice of the Mass is the source and summit of the Christian Life. It seems that having a celebration of Eucharistic Adoration after a Sunday Mass downplays the primacy of the celebration of the Sunday Eucharist.
Similarly, I find it odd in the season of Lent for parishes to have a communal celebration of the Sacrament of Reconciliation on a Sunday afternoon or evening. Should not both Reconciliation and Eucharistic Adoration lead us TO the sacrifice of the Mass?
I am not opposed to Eucharistic Adoration, I just find it odd to have it after a Sunday liturgy. I would be curious to know other people’s thoughts on issue.
What do you think?