What is Eucharistic Adoration?
Catholics believe that Jesus Christ is present in the Eucharist, also called the Blessed Sacrament. During Mass, the priest consecrates bread and wine which really and truly becomes the Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of our Lord. During Eucharistic Adoration, a consecrated host is exposed in a large, gold vessel called a monstrance. During this time, we may come before Jesus to adore Him and pray to Him. While it’s true that we can pray to God at any time and in any place, it can be especially powerful to do so in Eucharistic Adoration, where Jesus is physically present with us.
What should I do during Eucharistic Adoration?
As parents, life is busy and noisy, Adoration is a great way to set aside time for the silence we all need. There are many ways to pray during Eucharistic Adoration. Reading scripture or another other spiritual reading book, praying the rosary, having a personal conversation with the Lord, or just being quiet and still in His presence are all great ways to spend time during Adoration. Even when, or perhaps especially, when our minds and hearts are full of worries and checklists, time before the Eucharist allows us to bring each of our children, our spouse, our work, joys and struggles to the Lord and lay them at His feet. Many find Eucharistic Adoration to be a great source of interior strength and peace.
Why should I sign up for Eucharistic Adoration?
While anyone is welcome to stop in for a short or long visit at any time during Adoration, it is helpful if people can commit to a specific time slot. Out of reverence and respect, someone must always be present in the church with the Eucharist while it is exposed in the monstrance. When we have a continuous schedule of people willing to commit to 30 or 60 minutes, it enables Eucharistic Adoration to occur for everyone, those committed to a slot and the many people who drop in throughout the day as they are able, as well as our students in the school. It can also be helpful, personally, to plan and commit to a time. By putting it in your schedule, you ensure that 30 minutes of quiet prayer time, which otherwise might get lost in the normal shuffle of family life.
What are my responsibilities if I sign up?
Your only responsibility is to be present in the church during your selected time. Nothing else is required.
How Do I sign up?
To sign up for a 30/60 minute slot, click here.