‘Adoration 101’ explores Real Presence for young adults

CatholicPhilly.com recently published an article about our Pastor, Father Moerman’s recent talk to Catholic Young Adults of Chester County (CYACC) discussing the deeper meaning behind “adoration”.

Catholic Young Adults of Chester County (CYACC) had the opportunity to hear about the deeper meaning behind the word “adoration” during the group’s weekly session on Wednesday, July 26.

Brian Hynes of the CYACC hosted the program “Adoration 101” at SS. Peter and Paul Church in West Chester where Father Stephen Moerman, pastor of St. Isaac Jogues Parish in Wayne, spoke about the history of adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, its importance to Catholics in everyday life and the proper “etiquette” during a time of adoration.

The pastor along with his parish youth minister Joe Aquilante delivered a meaningful talk using a Power Point presentation to about 30 young adults.

The talk itself was the idea of the young adult group’s director, Kristina Snyder, who was moved by a previous homily Father Moerman had given about adoration. She hoped a talk by him on the topic of adoration would help the members of her group better comprehend and love Christ in the Eucharist.

“I just think Father is an amazing homilist,” Snyder said. “Adoration has been the center of our group. That is why we wanted him to speak to us.”

Because Father Moerman did not remember precisely the homily Snyder was referring to, it gave him the chance to start from scratch in planning his talk for the young adults.

“The real presence is our belief that bread and wine become the body and blood of Christ,” he said. “We recognize Christ in the monstrance. Sometimes we take the Real Presence for granted.”

Father Moerman spoke of several events in Scripture that help Catholics take Jesus’ institution of the Eucharist literally: the plague upon the firstborn, manna in the desert and the Last Supper.

“We believe that after the consecration the bread and wine become Christ,” he said.

Aquilante showed a video presentation to set the tone of how eucharistic adoration brings the faithful closer to God.

“People need strength,” Aquilante said. “You develop a friendship with Christ through being with him in adoration.”

In discussing the history of adoration, Father Moerman referenced the Feast of Corpus Christi, Latin for the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ, and how it became a solemnity in the liturgical year. In 1263, a priest was en route to Rome and he doubted his vocation. As he lifted the host, it broke and bled on the corporal, a white cloth. A year later, Corpus Christi was declared a feast and it continues to be celebrated on the Sunday after the Most Holy Trinity. To this day, the blood-stained corporal remains in the Basilica of Orvieto, Italy.    Click here to read the full article.