What is Eucharistic Adoration?
It has been the consistent belief of the Catholic Church from the very beginning that the bread and wine consecrated at Mass truly become the Body and Blood of Christ; and that, furthermore, as the Catholic Catechism states, this "Eucharistic presence of Christ [which] begins at the moment of the consecration...endures as long as the Eucharistic species subsist." (CC #1377). In other words, the Eucharistic Christ then continues to be present in our midst beyond the Eucharistic liturgy when the consecrated host is either reposed in a tabernacle or exposed on the alter.
Eucharistic adoration is then the worship we offer to God in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament so reposed or exposed. But according to common usage and understanding, the term has come to refer to adoration offered before the Blessed Sacrament exposed.
Why Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament?
People report experiencing a greater sense of intimacy with Jesus and attentiveness of mind and heart to prayer when they are able to actually "see" our Eucharistic Lord. Moreover, according to Church regulations exposing the Blessed Sacrament for a period of time requires the presence of a sufficient number of people to be there and therefore fosters the commitment needed to establish and sustain a meaningful parish Eucharistic adoration program. But the best reason for having exposition of the Blessed Sacrament is simply that God wills it. During His Eucharistic discourse, Jesus made this unmistakably clear: "Indeed, this is the will of My Heavenly Father, that everyone who looks upon the Son, and believes in Him, shall have eternal life. Him I will raise up on the last day" (John 6:40).
Living a Eucharistic Life
As conscientious Catholics we are seeking to live authentically the Christian life. We are constantly searching for what more we can do to be close to God.
For this reason we find Eucharistic adoration valuable. Adoration before the Blessed Sacrament is a precious opportunity we have to be close to Christ and thereby discover sustenance and direction for our lives.
You cannot be an adorer for long without noticing and others noticing change in your life. Eucharist is meant to not only sustain us as food from heaven but also to empower us to do great things for God and his Church. And doing great things for God and his Church means that we become better mothers and fathers, better sons and daughters, better students, better priests and religious.
God desires our holiness more than we know. Living as faithful disciples of Jesus is about a way of life grounded in practices of faith that nurture virtue in us.
Many a soul that signed up to adore with great reluctance now anxiously looks forward to the hour they spend in the Lord's Presence, an hour that files by so quickly. Many a soul has found that prayer is not just asking God for things, or thanking Him for things in some sort of spiritual accounting. Prayer is loving to be in the Presence of God and enjoying the love that Presence pours out to us.
The Prayer Group meets in the Church each Tuesday
from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. They close their prayers with
Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament at 5:00 p.m. Everyone is
cordially invited to
join. No need to notify anyone, just come to the Church.
Adoration of the Blessed
Tuesday, 7:30 AM - 5:00 PM
at St. Dismas Church