Adoration like radiotherapy for our sinfulness: Liturgy chief

Eucharistic adoration is one way to recognise the presence of the Lord, Archbishop Arthur Roche said (Bigstock)

The Vatican’s new liturgy chief has recommended the practice of adoration to help increase awareness of Christ’s presence in the Eucharist. Source: CNA.

In an interview with EWTN News, Archbishop Arthur Roche, prefect of the Vatican Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, said that he was not pessimistic about the prospect of people returning to Mass after pandemic lockdown restrictions.

“People’s longing, people’s thirst, [and] absolute hunger for God has increased in this desert experience, which we’ve all experienced,” Archbishop Roche said.

The archbishop said that it was “important to recognise the presence of the Lord” in the Eucharist and one way to do that is in the practice of Eucharistic adoration.

He said: “One of the great theologians of the modern world used to say: when I’m sitting in front of the Blessed Sacrament, it’s almost as if I’m sitting in front of a presence that’s somehow, rather like radiotherapy. Somehow it radiates my life in such a way that my sinfulness becomes less. That my capacity to sin becomes less, that my will not to sin becomes less.”

“And I think it’s a wonderful image of the presence of Christ irradiating our lives, even when we sit there perhaps with no words, with little to say to Our Lord,” Archbishop Roche said.

Archbishop Roche recently succeeded Cardinal Robert Sarah as the head of the Vatican’s liturgy office. Pope Francis appointed him prefect on May 27.

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Adoration is like radiotherapy for our sinfulness, says Vatican’s new liturgy chief (CNA

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