“Listen closely…for God speaks softly!”
“Adoration means entering the depths of our hearts in communion with the Lord, who makes Himself bodily present in the Eucharist. In the monstrance, He always entrusts Himself to us and asks us to be united with His Presence, with His risen Body.” – Pope Benedict XVI
What is Eucharistic Adoration?
Eucharistic adoration is the act of worshiping God as He is present in the consecrated Eucharist. Since the Last Supper, when Jesus broke the bread and distributed the wine, saying, “This is my body” and “This is my Blood,” Catholics have believed that the bread and wine are no longer merely baked wheat and fermented grape juice, but the actual living presence of the Second Person of the Trinity.
Spending time before the Blessed Sacrament, in prayer and devotion, is exactly the same as spending time before the living God. Adoration occurs whenever someone kneels in front of a tabernacle that contains the Blessed Sacrament, genuflects toward a tabernacle, bows before receiving the Blessed Sacrament at Mass, or, in a more focused way, when the Blessed Sacrament is exposed for adoration.
Adoration is essentially an embrace with Jesus in which I say to him: “I am yours, and I ask you, please stay with me always”. Pope Benedict XVI
“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.” – St. Alphonsus Liguori
If you are interested in signing up for an hour with our Lord, contact Patty Marmie 402.416.4224, email@example.com
The schedule of hours is available in the current bulletin.
Eucharistic Adoration FAQs
How do I get into the building and into the chapel?
There’s a keypad next to the door that you’ll need to use to get in. Contact Patty Marmie to obtain the code. Please do not call the priests or go to the rectory to ask how to get in.
What if I can’t make my hour, do I need to find a sub?
Yes, please find a sub if you can’t make your hour. Please sign in as you enter the building. You’ll see the sign-in book on a table in the entry way. You’ll also find a list of subs hanging on the wall above the book. You may find a sub from other places too! Ask a friend or family member, perhaps someone who is not a regular adorer, ask another regularly scheduled adorer to swap hours, etc. Please do not ask the priests or the adoration coordinators to find a sub for you.
What do I do for an hour?
Once you’re in the chapel, you can do whatever you want: you can pray, pray the rosary, read, write in a journal, or sit in quiet and enjoy the Lord’s company. You’ll find a box of reading material in the front pew. You’ll also see a small writing desk if you prefer to journal.
What if someone else is already in the chapel when I get there? Do I need to leave? Can I ask them to leave so I can have a ‘private’ hour?
Anyone is welcome to spend time in the chapel at any time. You might arrive for your scheduled hour to find someone in the chapel. Simply enter quietly and begin your hour as you ordinarily would. As a scheduled adorer, you “own” the hour in the sense that it’s your responsibility to find a sub, but not “own” in the sense that no one else can be there. If you prefer a more private experience, consider taking an hour between midnight and 5 a.m.
What does “exposition of the Blessed Sacrament” mean?
Eucharistic adoration may be performed both when the Eucharist is exposed for viewing and when it is not. In Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, the Eucharist is displayed in a monstrance, typically placed on an altar, at times with a light focused on it, or with candles flanking it. When the Blessed Sacrament is exposed, there must be an adorer present at all times.
What is “First Friday”?
First Friday devotions among Catholics are related to devotion to the Sacred Heart of Christ. First Friday practices date to the last decades of the 17th century, when Jesus appeared to St. Margaret Mary and spoke to her of His Sacred Heart. Among the promises Our Lord revealed to St. Margaret Mary, the 12th specifically referenced practices for Fridays:
In the excess of the mercy of my Heart, I promise you that my all powerful love will grant to all those who will receive Communion on the First Fridays, for nine consecutive months, the grace of final repentance: they will not die in my displeasure, nor without receiving the sacraments; and my Heart will be their secure refuge in that last hour.
Attending Mass on the First Friday of the month is popular among many Catholics, even if they are unable to attend daily Mass regularly throughout the week. At St. Michael, the Blessed Sacrament is exposed in the chapel on “First Fridays” of each month.
Things to Do During Eucharistic Adoration
Fr. Benedict Groeschel points out in In the Presence of Our Lord: The History, Theology, and Psychology of Eucharistic Devotion that there are “four kinds of prayer most appropriate in the presence of the Eucharist, namely adoration and praise, thanksgiving, repentance, and trusting intercession.” Here are suggestions for what to do during private Eucharistic adoration. (Taken from Our Sunday Visitor pamphlet on Eucharistic Adoration).
1. Pray the Psalms or the Liturgy of the Hours
Whether you are praising, giving thanks, asking for forgiveness, or seeking an answer, you’ll find an appropriate psalm. The ancient prayer of the Church called the Liturgy of the Hours presents an excellent way to pray through the Book of Psalms throughout the year.
2. Recite the “Jesus Prayer”
Say “Lord Jesus, have mercy on me, a sinner,” repeatedly as you quiet your heart and mind.
3. Meditate using Scripture
Choose a passage from the Bible. Read the words and ask God to let the passage speak to you. Pay special attention to anything that strikes you and ask God what He wishes for you to draw from that passage.
4. Read the life of a saint and pray with him or her
Most holy men and women have had a great devotion to Our Lord in the Eucharist. The’re’se of Lisieux, Catherine of Siena, Francis of Assissi, Thomas Aquinas, Peter Julian Eymard, Dorothy day, Mother Teresa of Calcutta, and Baroness Catherine de Hueck are just a few. Read about them and pray their prayers before the Blessed Sacrament.
5. Pour out your heart to Christ and adore Him.
Speak to Jesus, aware that you are in His presence, and tell Him all that comes to your mind. Listen for His response. Pray the prayer that St. Francis instructed his brothers to pray whenever they were before the Blessed Sacrament: “I adore you, O Christ, present here and in all the churches of the world, for by your cross you have redeemed the world.”
6. Ask for forgiveness and intercede for others
Think of those who have hurt you and request a special blessing for them. Ask God to forgive you for all the times you have neglected or hurt someone else. Bring before the Blessed Sacrament all those who have asked you to pray for them. Ask the Lord to address their concerns.
7. Pray the Rosary
Pope John Paul II reminds us, “…is not the enraptured gaze of Mary as she contemplated the face of the newborn Christ and cradled him in her arms that unparalleled model of love which should inspire us every time we receive Eucharistic communion?” (The Church and the Eucharist, 55) Ask Mary to join you as you gaze on Christ in the Eucharist and as you pray the Rosary.
8. Sit quietly and just “be” in the presence of God
Think of a visit to the blessed Sacrament as coming to see your best friend. Sit quietly and enjoy being in each other’s company. Instead of talking to the Lord, try listening to what He wants to tell you.