Eucharistic Adoration is a time set aside for personal prayer and reflection in silence before the Presence of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament. It differs from the Mass which is our primary worship of Jesus in the Holy Eucharist. The Mass is a communal celebration of our Catholic Christian faith whereas Eucharistic Adoration is a personal opportunity for worship and prayer. Just as Jesus is truly present in the Bread and Wine consecrated at Mass to be the Body and Blood of Christ, He is truly present in the consecrated host in the Monstrance as well. Eucharistic Adoration gives us the opportunity to pray, to do spiritual reading and meditation, or simply reflect on Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament.
Jesus recognized the need to get-away from a hectic pace when he said to his disciples “Come by yourselves to an out-of-the-way place and rest a little.” People were coming and going, making it impossible for them to have much time to eat. So Jesus and the apostles went off in a boat by themselves to a deserted place (Mark 6:31-32). Pope Francis is said to spend an hour each day in Adoration, often before he retires for the night. Pope John Paul II encouraged all of the faithful to participate in Eucharistic Adoration as a welcome refuge from a world that demands our every moment and all of our attention, and often robs us of our time and energy to connect with God through prayer and proper reflection.
Eucharistic Adoration can be your out-of-the-way place for silent resting in Jesus’ presence. We invite you to set aside some time for quiet prayer and reflection before the Blessed Sacrament on the First Saturdays of the month. It is held immediately following the 8:30am Mass until 3:30pm in the Mullen Commons Library. Visits of any length are welcome. Sign-Ups for a specific hour are available online through SignUpGenius about a week prior to the First Saturday of the month. At least two people are scheduled for each hour during Adoration so the Blessed Sacrament is never left alone.