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Sunday, January 15, 2006
Eucharistic Adoration
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“The eternal spring is hidden in this living bread for our life's sake ... It is here calling out to creatures; and they satisfy their thirst” (St. John of the Cross).

"It moves me to see how the joy of Eucharistic adoration is increasing throughout the Church, and how its fruits are appearing. During the period of liturgical reform, Mass and Eucharistic adoration outside of Mass were often seen as being in opposition." "[However,] receiving the Eucharist means adoring Him Whom we receive." (Pope Benedict XVI, Dec. 22, 2005)

I love Eucharistic Adoration. My parish has 24/7 adoration in our chapel and Eucharistic Adoration in the Church for about 1 1/2 hours each weekday. Eucharistic Adoration is the greatest experience for me.

Yes, God is always with you, but He is with you differently at different places. In the Eucharist, Jesus Christ is truly there - Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity! At no other moment can we get closer to Heaven in this life than we we receive and adore Our Savior.

Image Source: Believed to be in the Public Domain, From the Society of St. Pius X (SSPX)
Do any of you go to Adoration or does your parishes at least offer the opportunity?

5 comments:

del_button January 15, 2006 at 2:06 PM
Cathy M said...

You are so lucky that your parish has perpetual Adoration. I am upset that my parish only has
Blessed Adoration on the first Friday of each month from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. There is no parish in my diocese that offers perpetual adoration, either. I did just find a local church that offers it Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. and I have gone there. I am very excited that our church is planning an all day Adoration this Tuesday for a Day of Prayer for Life.

Let me ask your opinion on something - during our monthly short period of Blessed Adoration, a woman of the parish insists on leading the rosary she says is meant to be said during Adoration. It includes a reading with each Hail Mary. While I enjoy this rosary, I would prefer silence during the brief time we have. What are your thoughts? Since I'm fairly new to the joys of Blessed Adoration, I would be interested in what others expect.

del_button January 15, 2006 at 5:44 PM
Barb, sfo said...

Our parish holds a monthly Day of Adoration beginning with Benediction after the 8 AM Mass and continuing until Reposition just before the 7 PM Mass.
During the day different parish groups do come in for rosary times; other times it is quiet.
If it is held on a school day then 2 altar servers are sent to church each half-hour, and the older children (who have received First Communion) are brought over class by class during the day for some prayer time, led by the teacher--or they participate in a rosary if one is being prayed at that time.

del_button January 15, 2006 at 6:47 PM
Moneybags said...

Cathy,

Since you only have a very limited amount of time for adoration (1.5 hrs. only once a month), I wouldn't say a rosary during this time.

My parish has adoration daily from 7 AM to 8:30 AM with a Rosary beginning at 8 AM, but we have this everyday weekday. You only have 1.5 hours each month, and if that is all, I would rather see that time spent in silent prayer and adoration. That is my opinion.

del_button January 15, 2006 at 10:03 PM
Darren Norton said...

Actually, I heard on Open Line Friday from EWTN, that, while the Rosary is OK to say during Blessed Adoration, we should really try and focus on the presence of Jesus during that time.

Our church has it on the first Fridays from 9 am - 11 am.

del_button January 16, 2006 at 7:04 AM
Antonia said...

The church that i go to sometimes (I alternate between this parish & the Cathedral in my city) has no perpetual adoration. There is a Holy Hour every first Thursday of the month where we have the Blessed Sacrament exposed at the altar. There is however, a small room called the Canticle, where the Blessed Sacrament is also exposed, which opens from 6am to 10pm daily.

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