When you arrive in Florence by train and you walk on the small cross of the long road that leads to the historic city center, you can see, surrounded by other buildings, hidden to the look of those who are looking for something else, a little church. The words “Church of Corpus Domini” invite you to enter.
In this church, day and night, the eternal “face to face”, as S. Therese of the Child Jesus said, is celebrated. We are called to live it since now: angels and saints are in constant worship, and invite anyone to join their liturgy.
The Perpetual Adoration was the dream of Bettina, our founderess: “A church where the sacred host, always exposed in the radiant monstrance on a bright throne, day and night, receives the adoration of her daughters.”
After five years of research, plans, projects, but also oppositions, the great dream of Bettina, the foundress and mother of our congregation, became reality: January 11, 1902 began the perpetual adoration in the new church in Bernardo Rucellai street.
From the letter of Bettina to her sisters, January 11, 1902: “Dear sisters, you cannot imagine the today holy satisfaction. Only God can make you understand what joy I felt. When Jesus is merciful with those who trust in Him alone. Having no time now, you will know everything tomorrow. Meanwhile, I prefer to stay here tonight to thank Him, because today I had no time to do that. I’ll think of you all, but especially of those who are at the tabernacle. Tomorrow morning the Mass is at seven here. I will stay here for the Mass and then I will leave to Campi. I’m in a hurry, so I leave you to the throne of the supreme King, where you will always find your dearest Mother.” Blessed Teresa Maria of the Cross (Letter n.67)
Since 110 years now, day and night, with many people, consecrated and not, we come here in turn in constant prayer. Accompanied by the certainty that each of us can find an answer to that last question and fulfillment of the Absolute.
The Eucharistic Adoration is a devotion of Christians more or less optional, but an extension of the liturgical action of Christ who offers himself to us in the species of bread and wine. In the Eucharist, the world has lived for two thousand years of Christ’s presence.