Preparing for the feast of Christ the King which will be celebrated on the coming Sunday, catholics of Nagpur city started non-stop 40-hour adoration service at the St Francis de Sales Cathedral on Friday evening.
The first hour of this service found the Archbishop of the Catholic Church of Nagpur, Dr Elias Gonsalves,out there amidst the faithful, participating in a praise-and worship service conducted by the parishioners of the Saint Francis de Sales Cathedral Parish, before the exposed Blessed Sacrament, the Eucharistic Bread. Spells of meditation on passages from the Holy Bible were interspersed with hymns sung by the Cathedral choir and the congregation alternately. Meditating before the exposed Blessed Sacrament the Eucharistic Lord, the central theme that the congregation delved upon was the signature of most of Jesus’ actions amidst people of His time. This included the four actions of taking, blessing, breaking and giving right from his very first miracle of changing water into wine at the wedding feast in Canaan, Galilee, through to the very last act of participating in the Last Supper with his disciples in the Upper Room in Jerusalem.
The adoration service will witness an hourly participation by various parishes and institutions of the Catholic archdiocese of Nagpur, culminating around high noon on Sunday. A solemn Holy Christ the King Feast Day Mass will be celebrated that day, beginning 4 pm at the S F S Cathedral compound.