Service of Benediction of the Holy Sacrament
Before I do my usually explanation of one of our services, I wanted to give you a better understanding of two of the following words which we use in this service and others within our worship.
Let's backtrack a bit.
During Christs last day on earth, he took bread and wine with his disciples, he ask them to eat the bread and drink the wine in remembrance of him. Christians believe that the vicar/priest praying and laying hands over these turn them into the body and blood of christ through a process christians call transubstation, they become what christians call the blessed Sacrament.
When not on display during services, a certain amount of the blessed bread is reserved and held in a place called a Church Tabernacle, its a kind of safe and that part of the church, (usually a small or side chapel) where the Tabernacle sits is then held in great reverence and reserved normally for quite prayer and contemplation.
“Adoration”is the word christians give to this Sacrament, be it when in the Tabernacle, out of sight or when used in the service of holy communion.
“Benediction”is a short prayer asking for divine help, blessing and guidance.
However in this case these two words combined in a service, Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament, also called “Benediction with the blessed Sacrament” or the “Rite of Eucharistic Exposition and Benediction”.
This short but devout service beings this all together with the blessed Sacrament being placed on the alter in a Monstrance or another word used, an Ostensorium, this is an open or transparent receptacle used to hold objects of piety or indeed the blessed Sacrament.
This is our one we have at St Francis.
To help and perhaps to have a better understanding of how the service might progress Fr Stephen has suppled a service sheet and I have included it here