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Jesus Christ, our Lord, our Redeemer and King of all Creation awaits your visit to His holy temple.

You should wear your ‘Sunday Best’… no shorts, no baseball cap (if you are male, but if you are female you should cover your head), no polo shirt… you aren’t being invited to a cook-out or to a golf game or beach party… dress modestly and appropriately in reverence to the dignity of the high office for which the King occupies.

You do not need a formal invitation and you can present yourself at any time that the doors to His temple are open.

Where is this Holy Temple?

Answer: It is at any Catholic Church or Chapel at which the body, blood, soul and divinity or Our Lord, Jesus Christ is either held in reserve, within the Tabernacle, or on display in a blessed monstrance.

What you will not see are the thousands of Holy Angels in attendance.

You will not see the Blessed Virgin Mary, who remains always near to her Son.

Nor will you see the Holy souls in Purgatory nor the Saints in Heaven who are all hidden behind the ‘veil’ that prevents us, in the Church Militant, to interact (in the absence of a rare special providence from God) with those in the Church Suffering or the Church Triumphant. But they are there, adoring their King.

You will find that Christ Our King is perfect in His ability to remain still, silent and hidden under the appearance of bread.

So, when you visit, imitate Him in His quietness, in His stillness and in His calmness.

Be in the presence of each other.

Following is a set of instructions on visiting Our Lord, taken from a booklet that has the Imprimatur of William O’Connell, Archbishop of Boston (excerpted from ‘Visits To The Blessed Sacrament and the Blessed Virgin Mary’ by St. Alphonsus Liguori, Tan publishing, ISBN: 0-89555-667-7):

Our holy Faith teaches us, and we are bound to believe, that… the consecrated Host (is) Jesus Christ… really present under the species of bread. But we must also understand that He is thus present on our altars as on a throne of love and mercy, to dispense graces and there to show us the love which He bears us by being pleased to dwell night and day hidden in the midst of us…

Oh, how sweet a joy it is to remain with faith and tender devotion before an altar and converse familiarly with Jesus Christ, Who is there for the express purpose of listening to and graciously hearing those who pray to Him; to ask His pardon for the displeasure which we have caused Him; to represent our wants to Him, as a friend does to a friend in whom he places all his confidence; to ask Him for His graces, for His love and for His kingdom; but above all – oh, what a heaven it is to remain there making acts of love toward that Lord who is on the very altar praying to the Eternal Father for us and is there burning with love for us! Indeed, what love it is which detains Him there, thus hidden and unknown, and when He is even despised by ungrateful souls! But why should we say more? ‘Taste and see.’