Centered on the Eucharistic Christ

Our cloistered, monastic life is focused on Adoration of Christ in the Blessed Sacrament, so characteristic of the spiritual legacy of St. Sharbel and St. Nimatullah al-Hardini.

The Church has repeatedly expressed the need for Eucharistic Adoration: “The Church and the world have a great need of Eucharistic worship. Jesus waits for us in this Sacrament of love. Let us be generous with our time in going to meet him in adoration and in contemplation that is full of faith and ready to make reparation for the great faults and crimes of the world. May our adoration never cease.” (Pope John Paul II:” The Mystery and Worship of the Eucharist”, no. 3)

The Most Blessed Sacrament

“This is my Body. . . .
This is my Blood . . . .”
(Mt. 26:26;28)

“Since the abiding Presence of the Divine Savior in our tabernacles is a constant and welcome summons for each one of us, as it was for our monastic Fathers and for all the saints, there is no better use of time for ourselves and for the Church than that spent in the fervent adoration of Jesus Christ really present in the Most Holy Eucharist.” (Rule, no. 50, d.)

Over and above the time given to the chanting of the Divine Office and the daily sung Mass, each monk spends two full hours of private prayer before the exposed Blessed Sacrament, in three forty minute periods each day. We believe that by this response, many graces are shed upon souls.

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