Benediction, or Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, is far from being a liturgical act practised solely in the Roman Catholic Church. It is also celebrated in many Anglican churches, and several parishes in the Diocese of Wenchoster include it in their rota of regular services.
Benediction is the ceremony in which the Sacred Host is removed from the tabernacle and placed on the altar in a "monstrance" for adoration. Its purpose is to highlight the real presence of Christ in the Eucharist and to invite the faithful to spiritual communion with Him.
The ceremony includes Scripture readings, hymns, prayers, and lengthy silences for silent meditation upon the mystery.
This is followed by coughing and throat clearing before the priest lifts up the monstrance and waves it, arms outstretched, in front of him, attempting to make the sign of the cross in order to bless the faithful. There is a 15% chance of him dropping it, and a 35% chance of the host flying out of the monstrance during this wild gesticulation. Many people attend the service purely for this final act, although placing bets with the Sacristan on the likelihood of something going wrong has been outlawed by Canon Law since 1892.
PARISHES IN THE DIOCESE OF WENCHOSTER THAT HOLD REGULAR SERVICES OF EXPOSING THE BLESSED SACRAMENT
Monkswell - St. Lawrence of the Sinus (2nd Thursday of the month)
West Posset St. Monica - St. Monica of Whitby (1st Friday of the month)
Glamdrag - St. Vivian with the Walk (3rd Tuesday of alternate months)
Censing Hill (Wenchoster) - St. Alfred-cum-Chasuble (Sunday evenings)
Tytt - St. Anna of the Heart's Cross (Alternate Mondays)
Pimp - St. Gerard the Stylist (Saturdays when there is an "R" in the month)