Catholic Spirituality Centre marks milestone during Corpus Christi feast
The celebration of the feast of Corpus Christi by the Catholic Spirituality Centre (CSC) marked the 10th anniversary of the establishment of the Archdiocesan Perpetual Adoration Chapel there.
More than 500 people gathered at the CSC opposite the Church of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary for the June 10 celebration. It included a Mass led by Archbishop Nicholas Chia and a procession around the compound with the Blessed Sacrament.
In his homily, Archbishop Chia urged the congregation to prepare themselves well before receiving the Eucharist in order to be strengthened spiritually.
“It is not just coming forward to receive the host but coming forward with deep faith and deep conviction that we are really going to unite ourselves with God,” he said.
He urged the faithful to spend time in adoration before the Blessed Sacrament. “Visits to the Blessed Sacrament will keep us in touch with the Lord,” he said.
Archbishop Chia reminded Catholics to pray for priests to be in touch with the heart of Jesus. The feast of Corpus Christi also highlights the special connection of the Eucharist with the ministerial priesthood, he said.
Concelebrating the Mass was Fr William Goh, CSC spiritual director. He thanked Archbishop Chia for setting up the perpetual adoration chapel 10 years ago and those who took part in an overnight vigil in the chapel prior to the Mass.
CSC ministry members and other Catholics had participated in a 24-hour vigil before the Blessed Sacrament in which the names of all priests within the archdiocese were read out so people could pray for them.
Catholics interviewed shared that frequent adoration of the Blessed Sacrament brought peace and joy to their lives.
“Adoring the Blessed Sacrament grants me peace, comfort and a feeling of oneness ... with Christ,” said Mr Julian Soh, 27. “It also gives me an opportunity to listen to His voice in my heart.”
Madam Agnes Lau, 59, said she experiences Jesus’ “love, mercy and healing grace flowing through me during adoration”.
Archbishop Nicholas Chia set up the Archdiocesan Perpetual Adoration Chapel shortly after his episcopal ordination.
The chapel is open for prayers 24 hours a day.
By Nicholas Lee