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Part Two

1379

The tabernaclewas first intended for the reservationof theEucharist

in a worthy place so that it could be brought to the sick and those absent,

outside of Mass. As faith in the real presence of Christ in his Eucharist

deepened, the Church became conscious of the meaning of silent adoration

of the Lord present under the Eucharistic species. It is for this reason that the

tabernacle should be located in an especially worthy place in the church and

should be constructed in such away that it emphasizes andmanifests the truth

of the real presence of Christ in the Blessed Sacrament.

1380

It is highly fitting that Christ should have wanted to re-

main present to his Church in this unique way. Since Christ was

about to take his departure from his own in his visible form, he

wanted to give us his sacramental presence; since he was about to

offer himself on the cross to save us, he wanted us to have the

memorial of the love with which he loved us “to the end,”

209

even

to the giving of his life. In his Eucharistic presence he remains

mysteriously in our midst as the one who loved us and gave

himself up for us,

210

and he remains under signs that express and

communicate this love:

The Church and the world have a great need for Eucharistic

worship. Jesus awaits us in this sacrament of love. Let us not

refuse the time to go tomeet him in adoration, in contemplation

full of faith, and open tomaking amends for the serious offenses

and crimes of the world. Let our adoration never cease.

211

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“That in this sacrament are the true Body of Christ and his

true Blood is something that ‘cannot be apprehended by the

senses,’ says St. Thomas, ‘but

only by faith,

which relies on divine

authority.’ For this reason, in a commentary on

Luke

22:19 (‘This is

my body which is given for you.’), St. Cyril says: ‘Do not doubt

whether this is true, but rather receive the words of the Savior in

faith, for since he is the truth, he cannot lie.’”

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Godhead here in hiding, whom I do adore

Masked by these bare shadows, shape and nothing more,

See, Lord, at thy service low lies here a heart

Lost, all lost in wonder at the God thou art.

Seeing, touching, tasting are in thee deceived;

How says trusty hearing? that shall be believed;

What God’s Son has told me, take for truth I do;

Truth himself speaks truly or there’s nothing true.

213

209

Jn

13:1.

210 Cf.

Gal

2:20.

211 John Paul II,

Dominicae cenae, 3.

212 St. Thomas Aquinas,

STh

III, 75, 1; cf. Paul VI,

MF

18; St. Cyril of

Alexandria,

In Luc.

22, 19: PG 72, 912; cf. Paul VI,

MF

18.

213 St. Thomas Aquinas (attr.),

Adoro te devote;

tr. Gerard Manley Hopkins.

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