What is Eucharistic Adoration?
Eucharistic Adoration is the adoration of Jesus Christ present in the Holy Eucharist. During Adoration, the Eucharist is placed in a special holder, called a monstrance, while the faithful come to pray and worship Jesus continually. Though there are special prayers that may be sung or said during Adoration, many people choose to simply spend some quiet time in reflection or meditation in the presence of the Lord. For all the mystery that sometimes surrounds it, Adoration is actually very simple.
Any relationship requires both people in it to be present to one another in order to grow and flourish. When Jesus ascended to heaven, he left us himself in the most basic of everyday items - bread. During the Mass, specifically during the Liturgy of the Eucharist, Christ becomes powerfully present to us in the (now) consecrated bread. Because our priests can't always be distributing the Eucharist, the time set aside for Eucharistic Adoration allows us another way to be in the powerful presence of Jesus.
Adoration begins with Exposition of the Eucharist; this is when the celebrant solemnly and reverently places the Eucharist in the monstrance, exposing it for the faithful. Incense is used and a traditional hymn is sung (sometimes in English, sometimes in Latin).
There is no prescribed or set way to pray during Adoration. Some people pray the rosary, some practice a form of meditative prayer called Lectio Divina, some just sit quietly, allowing silent conversation with the Lord to flow. There is also no set amount of time that one is expected to spend in prayer. Some adorers come for a few minutes while others may be present an hour or more. There should, however, always be at least one person present.
Adoration concludes with Benediction, which is when the priest kneels before the altar, another song is sung, a prayer is said, the priest blesses those present and the Eucharist is reposed – returned to the tabernacle.
Please join us for Adoration
Fall 2022 7PM in church
September 7: Adoration
September 21: Adoration
October 5: Outdoor Rosary
November 2: Adoration
November 16: Rosary and Adoration