Adoration is a sign of devotion to and worship of Jesus Christ, who is present Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity, under the appearance of the consecrated Host. As a devotion, Eucharistic adoration, prayer, and meditation are more than merely looking at the Sacred Host, but are a continuation of what we celebrate in the Eucharist.
Ecce panis Angelórum,
Factus cibus viatórum:
Vere panis filiórum,
Non mitténdus cánibus.
Behold the Bread of Angels,
For us pilgrims food, and token
Of the promise by Christ spoken,
Children’s meat, to dogs denied.
Saint Thomas Aquinas, Lauda Sion Salvatorem
Our Adoration Chapel was created to be a quiet place to contemplate the Mystery of Christ truly present before us. During Eucharistic Adoration, we “watch and wait”, we remain “silent” in His Presence and open ourselves to His abundant Graces which flow from the Holy Eucharist.
There are numerous details in the chapel which signify Christ, two of which are:
The symbolism of the mother pelican feeding her little baby pelicans is rooted in an ancient legend which precedes Christianity. The legend was that in time of famine, the mother pelican would wound herself, striking her breast with her beak in order to feed her young with her blood to prevent starvation.
For Catholics, the pelican symbolizes Jesus our Redeemer, who gave His life for our redemption, and made atonement for our sins through His passion and death. We were dead in sin and have found new life through the Blood of Christ. Moreover, Jesus continues to feed us with His Body and Blood in the Holy Eucharist.
This is formed by superimposing the first two (capital) letters chi and rho (ΧΡ) of the Greek word “ΧΡΙΣΤΟΣ” = KRistos = Christ, in such a way as to produce the monogram.
ALPHA & OMEGA
Alpha (Α or α) and omega (Ω or ω) are the first and last letters of the Greek alphabet, and a title of Christ or of God in the Book of Revelation. Christ as the Beginning and the End.