Devotions | United Benefice of Corringham and Fobbing

United Benefice of Corringham and Fobbing

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Devotions is a broad term that can mean many different things. In our tradition it usually means an event, either regular or one off, that is outside the normal timetable of services. It’s purpose is usually to encourage us in our own spirituality and prayer life. There are many different ‘devotions’, some private and some public, some general and some specifically associated with different times of the year. Please check our weekly notices where, from time-to-time, you will see that some of these are listed as taking place in the parish.
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Exposition and Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament

God gave us himself in the person of Jesus so that we could know God fully in flesh and blood. Likewise Jesus left us, in the form of bread and wine, himself so that we could draw close to him and know his presence with us. At exposition we ‘expose’ (get out for everyone to see) Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament (in the bread). Its an opportunity for us to show him our love, and to pray quietly in his presence. Jesus is always with us, but here he is with physically in a way that acknowledges that as sensory beings something we can see and touch, or indeed taste, conveys reality in a way that knowing his presence spiritually cannot.

Occasionally, and especially on the feast of Corpus Christi, we use Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament to give a blessing but making the sign of the cross with the bread. This medieval devotion reminds us that all blessings ultimately come from God through Jesus his son.