200 Hours of Adoration
In celebration of St. Louis University High's Bicentennial, the Campus Ministry pastoral teams invite students, faculty, staff, parents and alumni, to participate in 200 hours of Eucharistic Adoration during this school year. We will pray to Christ Our Lord for our community and thank Him for His abundant blessings to us over our history.
To sign up for Adoration, choose the appropriate link below:
Fathers' Club and Alumni - Tuesdays, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
CLICK HERE to sign up
Mothers' Club - Mondays, Tuesday, & Friday during Lent, 8:05-11:00 a.m.
Lenten sign-up will be opened later in 2018.
Students are organizing Adoration every Monday during Activity Period and Friday from 3:15-4:30 p.m. Interested students should contact a Campus Minister for more details.
The Real Presence of Jesus in the Eucharist
By Fr. John Hardon, S.J.
What is the Real Presence? The most authoritative teaching on the Real Presence is the solemn definition of the Council of Trent:
“The body and blood, together with the soul and divinity of our Lord Jesus Christ and, therefore, the whole Christ is truly, really and substantially contained in the sacrament of the most Holy Eucharist.”
What is the Church saying? She is saying that the same identical Jesus who was conceived at Nazareth, born in Bethlehem, crucified on Calvary; who rose from the dead on Easter Sunday and ascended into heaven on Ascension Thursday – this same Jesus, the whole Christ (totus Christus) is now on earth in the Blessed Sacrament of the Eucharist.
Why the Real Presence? It is not hard to see why Christ is now on earth, in the fullness of His humanity and divinity. He promised to be with us all days, even to the end of the world. He wanted us to profess our faith in His Incarnation, our hope in His omnipotence as the Incarnate God, and our love for Him, the Creator who became a man, and who now dwells in our midst, no less truly, although invisibly to our bodily eyes, than He lived visibly among His contemporaries in first century Palestine.
How to Respond to the Real Presence? We commonly and correctly speak of Eucharistic Adoration. We should, because in the Eucharist is present the whole Christ, the Incarnate Son of God….
We believe it is the same Jesus Christ now present in the Holy Eucharist. What do we see? Only what looks like bread and tastes like wine. What do we believe? We believe that this is no longer bread and wine, but Jesus Christ, the man who received His humanity from His Mother Mary, but who is the Second Person of the Trinity who existed from all eternity.
Adoration, therefore, is the primary response of our faith to the Real Presence…..
- We should express our love for Him since He is now on earth as the proof of His love for us. As J.R.R. Tolkien said, “Out of the darkness of my life, so much frustrated, I put before you the one great thing to love on earth: the Blessed Sacrament. . . . There you will find romance, glory, honour, fidelity, and the true way of all your loves on earth…”
- We should ask Him for what we need, since He promised to give us everything that we ask for in His name.
- We should talk with Him, since that is why He is present. He wants us to be present too, by communicating with Him our deepest thoughts and receiving from Him the illuminations and inspirations that only He can confer.