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Eucharist, Exposition of the

EUCHARIST, EXPOSITION OF THE

"Exposition of the holy Eucharist, either in the ciborium or in the monstrance, is intended to acknowledge Christ's marvelous presence in the sacrament" (HCWE 82). In light of the principle found in HCWE 79, however, "exposition must clearly express the cult of the blessed sacrament in its relationship to the Mass" (HCWE 82). For that reason, "Mass is prohibited in the body of the church" while exposition is taking place (HCWE 83). "If exposition of the blessed sacrament is extended for an entire day or over several days, it is to be interrupted during the celebration of Mass" (ibid. 83). During the exposition, customary signs of reverence are used (lighted candles, incense) and "there should be prayers, songs, and readings. To encourage a prayerful spirit, there should be readings from scripture

with a homily or brief exhoration" (HCWE 85; 9394). Silence, song, and praying parts of the Liturgy of the Hours are also appropriate (HCWE 9596). Exposition ordinarily concludes with benediction and reposition of the sacrament in the tabernacle (HCWE 97100); however, "exposition which is held exclusively for the giving of benediction is prohibited" (HCWE 89).

For a more detailed discussion and bibliography in this encyclopedia, see eucharist outside mass, worship of the; and eucharistic devotion.

[n. d. mitchell]

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