“Thou shalt have no other gods before me.
“Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth:
“Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them…”
“And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man…”—Romans 1:23
“But I say, that the things which the Gentiles sacrifice, they sacrifice to devils, and not to God: and I would not that ye should have fellowship with devils.
“Ye cannot drink the cup of the Lord, and the cup of devils:
ye cannot be partakers of the Lord’s table, and of the table
of devils.”—1 Corinthians 10:20–21
“Then if any man shall say unto you, Lo, here is Christ, or there; believe it not.
“Wherefore if they shall say unto you…behold, he is in the secret chambers; believe it not.”—Matthew 24:23, 26
“But will God indeed dwell on the earth? behold, the heaven and heaven of heavens cannot contain thee; how much less this house that I have builded?”—1 Kings 8:27
Eucharistic Adoration, Eucharistic Devotion, Perpetual Adoration
“They speak about the real presence of Christ in the bread and wine. Things relating to it are called eucharistic. A consecrated communion wafer is called a host. Hosts that are left over after Mass are kept in a tabernacle, (a large, ornate container that can be locked). When hosts are in the tabernacle, a candle is lit. This enables Catholics to know that consecrated hosts are inside, so they can kneel and pray in front of the tabernacle as a form of eucharistic devotion. The tabernacle also protects the hosts by making it difficult to steal them.
When I was a Catholic, I sometimes attended special services called Adoration
of the Blessed Sacrament. A large consecrated host was put in a monstrance [example]. (This is a large, ornate, metal container, in the basic shape of a daisy with a stem, plus a base so that it can stand up.) The monstrance looked like it was made of gold. It had a circular chamber in the middle which held a large, round host. The front of the chamber was glass, so you could see the host. Visually it looked like gold rays were coming out of the host.
The priest put the monstrance on the altar. We worshiped the host, believing
that it was Jesus. There were special prayers and special songs…At the end
of the service, we had Benediction. The priest held the monstrance and made the
sign of the cross with it. We believed that Jesus Christ Himself was blessing us.”
—Mary Ann Collins (A Former Catholic Nun)
When this adoration is, twenty-four hours a day, it is called perpetual adoration.
“…the host is comparable to a blazing fire whose flames spread out like rays all round it.’—Pere Teilhard, Mon Univers
Eucharistic Adoration and the sun god
The Eucharistic adoration or perpetual adoration of the host in the monstrance would seem to have roots in the pagan Worship of a Sun, which has been a part of many cultures throughout history.
The sacrifices offered on the altars of the [pagan] goddess were quite different
…the usual offering was a round cake, the symbol of the Sun. “The thin round cake,” says Wilkinson [“Egyptians”, vol. v. p. 353], “occurs on all altars.” This round cake was of course a symbol, both of the Sun, and of his Son, or incarnation, for the circle represented both the Sun’s disk and “The Seed.”
— John Garnier, “The Worship of the Dead: Or, The Origin and Nature of Pagan Idolatry and its bearing upon the early history of Egypt and Babylonia,” p. 345
Sun worship was exceptionally prevalent in ancient Egyptian religion. Near the small town of Babain, in Upper Egypt, in a
grotto, there was at one time, a representation of a sacrifice to
the sun, where two priests are seen worshipping the sun’s image,
as in this woodcut.
The Egyptian sun god Aten’s only image was a disk—a symbol of the sun, seeming to represent both the god or spirit of the sun, and the solar disk itself…
The winged sun, symbol of Horus, later identified with Ra, is a symbol associated with divinity, royalty and power in the Ancient Near East (Egypt, Mesopotamia, Anatolia, and Persia).
Nimrud 9th century BC
The winged symbol has also been found in the records of ancient cultures residing in various regions of South America as well as Australia.
Germanic mythology had a sun god, Sol; The Greeks had Helios, occasionally referred to as Titan or Apollo; Svarog was the Slavic god sun and spirit of fire.
The Aztecs had a sun disc with face in middle.
In the temple of Cuzco, in Peru, the disk of the sun was fixed up in flaming gold upon the wall, that all who entered might bow down before it.
The solar gods are also important in Indonesia’s religious life and myth. The Sun revered as a “father” or “founder” of the tribe was common in Australia and on the island of Timor, where the tribal leaders are seen as direct heirs to the Sun god.
Quotes of Roman Catholics regarding Eucharistic Adoration
It is our duty to adore the Blessed Sacrament. No one receives the Blessed Sacrament unless he adores it…and not only do we not sin by adoring, we do sin by not adoring!—Augustine, 392 to 418
I beg you to show the greatest possible reverence for the Eucharist through whom all things have been brought to peace and reconciled with Almighty God!—Francis of Assisi, 1181 to 1226
“My greatest happiness is to be before the Blessed Sacrament, where my heart is, as it were, in Its centre.”
—Margaret Mary Alacoque, 1647 to 1690
A Holy Hour of Eucharistic Adoration is a sharing in the work of Redemption!—Archbishop Fulton Sheen, 1895 to 1979
Perpetual Adoration of the Most Blessed Sacrament is the devotion which surpasses all others!—Pope Pius X, 1903 to 1914
Eucharistic Adoration will make your soul everlastingly more glorious and beautiful in Heaven!
—Mother Teresa of Calcutta, 1910 to 1997
A Holy Hour of adoration testifies to the fact that the Jesus who died on the cross, is present in the Eucharist, and reigns in Heaven, are identical!—Pope Pius XII, 1939 to 1958
“…We are called not only to meditate and contemplate on this mystery of Christ’s love; we are called to take part…in the Holy Eucharist–this is also the meaning of perpetual adoration…”
—Pope John Paul II, 1980
I ask everyone to intensify in coming months love and devotion to the Eucharistic Jesus!—Pope Benedict XVI, 2005 to Present
Adoration is to enter into profound heartfelt communion with the Lord, who makes Himself bodily present in the Eucharist!
—Pope Benedict XVI, 2005 to Present
I only wish to thank God that (Perpetual Eucharistic) adoration has been reborn everywhere in the Church!
—Pope Benedict XVI, 2005 to Present
mbprice.com/therealpresence/pea-sayingssaints.htm or stmonicaadoration.com/Adoration%20Quotes.htm
Soon after I started this blog, I ran across some convent sites that said they devoted themselves to Eucharistic or Perpetual Adoration. How very sad that people all over the world, all through the centuries have thought they were “right” with God and spiritual because of all the time they have spent worshiping a white wafer in a sun frame.
I didn’t know at that time (because I just now found out) that “the practice
of adoration” traces its roots to the fact that in monasteries and convents the Blessed Sacrament was an integral part of the structure of cloistered life.”
I pray that the Lord will open the eyes of some of these dear folk.
A few convents that devote themselves to Perpetual Adoration
Sisters of St. Francis of Perpetual Adoration, Mishawaka, Indiana (ssfpa.org/DesktopDefault.aspx?tabindex=0&tabid=1)
The Poor Clares of Perpetual Adoration
Our lady of solitude monastery, Phoenix, AZ (desertnuns.com)
Poor Clares of Perpetual Adoration, Canton, Ohio (poorclares.org)
“…we follow the Rule of St. Clare of Assisi…lifestyle centered in Eucharist. His love draws us to offer ourselves in loving sacrifice in union with Jesus…As Franciscan contemplative women devoted to the Eucharist…
Benedictine Sisters of Perpetual Adoration (www.benedictinesisters.org/)
Hearts afire with love, this small monastic community sacrificed much in order to give themselves entirely to Jesus Christ in the Eucharist through devoted work and prayer…
Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration (fspa.org/spirituality/history.asp)
“…on August 1, 1878, at 11 a.m., the congregation—then called the Sisters of St. Francis—began praying around the clock and soon thereafter became the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration. Two people have prayed before the Blessed Sacrament ever since…
Perpetual adoration sites in US (therealpresence.org/chap_fr.htm)
Eucharistic adoration for children childrenofhope.org/
Children of Hope is dedicated to leading children into the mystery of the Real Presence of Jesus Christ in the Eucharist…
“Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!”—Isaiah 5:20
“For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit:”—1 Peter 3:18
“For in that he died, he died unto sin once: but in that he liveth, he liveth unto God.”—Romans 6:10
“I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel:
“Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ.”— Galatians 1:6, 7
“Making the word of God of none effect through your tradition, which ye have delivered: and many such like things do ye.”—Mark 7:13
“Let no man deceive you with vain words: for because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience.”—Ephesians 5:6
Alexander Hislop, Chapter IV Section III The Sacrifice of the Mass from “Two Babylons”