Tuesday, 26 February 2019
Biersach & Coulombe: Benediction
When it comes to beautiful ceremonies that rivet our attention to fundamental doctrines of the Catholic Faith, it doesn't get any better than this. Benediction, which traces its origin back to the thirteenth century, focuses our minds on the Mystery of the Real Presence of Jesus Christ in the Blessed Sacrament in a profound and soul-searching way. Adorned with songs composed by St. Thomas Aquinas and enhanced with clouds of incense, this devotion scandalises unbelievers and captivates all man and women of good will. How sad it is that in our times this time-honoured ritual is gradually disappearing, and even those priests who try to keep it alive do not have the training to do it properly. As we pray, so we believe.