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What is Eucharistic Adoration?
The Eucharist. The body, blood, soul and divinity of our Lord Jesus Christ. The source and summit of our Catholic faith. Perhaps you’ve heard that but don’t fully understand where that teaching comes from. In the Old Testament, the Jews had to offer a sacrifice of a lamb to atone for their sins, but they had to do it time and time again, as the lamb was not a complete and final sacrifice. When Jesus died for our sins, he became the Pascal Lamb, offered once for all.
But His death on the cross was not the end, it was the beginning. Just like a wedding is not the end for a married couple, it is just the beginning, so too is Christ’s sacrifice just the beginning. A married couple sacrifices for each other and shows their love on a daily basis, and so too does Christ show His love and sacrifice on a daily basis by coming to us in the Eucharist.
So when we come to Eucharistic Adoration, we are coming before Christ himself. We are spending time with Him, to continue our worship of Him and to form a relationship with Him. Want a great explanation of this? Scroll down and check out the video The Hour That Will Change Your Life. Seriously, it will!
“Could you not watch one hour with me?” – Matthew 26:40
Those who chose to sign up on our schedule spend an hour with Christ as Guardians of the Eucharist, whether that be on a one-time basis or ongoing. Mother Theresa of Calcutta made a Holy Hour every day and encouraged other to follow her example. Everyone is welcome at any time to stop in and spend time, even just a few minutes, adoring our Lord.
St. Alphonsus Liguori wrote: “Of all devotions, that of adoring Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament is the greatest after the Sacraments, the one dearest to God and the one most helpful to us. The Eucharist is a priceless treasure. By not only celebrating the Eucharist, but also praying before it outside of Mass, we are enabled to make contact with the very wellsprings of Grace.”
What does one do during a Holy Hour?
During Adoration, one simply contemplates the mystery of the Word made flesh (John 1:14). It is said that when the 19th century French priest St. John Vianney was asked what he said to Jesus in Eucharistic Adoration, he replied, “Nothing. I look at Him and He looks at me.”
The following prayers and devotions may help spark a contemplation or conversation with Christ:
- Reading Scripture
- Praying the Rosary or Divine Mercy Chaplet
- Spiritual Reading
- Liturgy of the Hours or Divine Office