The practice of Eucharistic Adoration has been a part of the Catholic faith since the very beginning. And it’s experiencing a revival of sorts among Catholics today.
Listen here as Emma Ryder, former director of The Face of Prayer initiative at the Diocese of Bridgeport, shares her experience with Eucharistic Adoration.
Eucharistic Adoration is the worship of Jesus Christ in the Holy Eucharist outside of the Mass. The consecrated Host (which has become Jesus Himself) is displayed in a Monstrance on the Altar so that all can see and pray in the presence of Christ
The answer to that question comes directly out of the Catechism of the Catholic Church: “Adoration is the first attitude of man acknowledging that he is a creature before his Creator. It exalts the greatness of the Lord who made us and the almighty power of the Savior who sets us free from evil. Adoration is homage of the spirit to the ‘King of Glory,’ respectful silence in the presence of the ‘ever greater’ God. Adoration of the thrice holy and sovereign God of love blends with humility and gives assurance to our supplications.” (CCC 2628)
Yourself, with an open mind and heart.
You can also (but do not have to) bring:
A Bible, or other spiritual reading.
A prayer journal and writing implement.
We can show our adoration to God in many ways, but in Eucharistic Adoration, we spend time adoring the real presence of Christ in the Eucharist. Here are a few ideas for how to spend this time well:
1. Enter in silence, and in reverence toward the Blessed Sacrament. Remember that it is God Himself who is really, truly, and substantially present in the Consecrated Host.
2. Begin with a prayer to prepare your heart, and take a few moments to adjust from the noise of the outside world to the silence and peace of Christ’s presence.
3. Spend a few minutes in spiritual reading. It can be from the Gospels, a reflection from a prayer book, or a few lines of the Catechism of the Catholic Church. Read until something strikes you. Then, after some reflection, stay in silence and meditate on what you have just read.
4. Writing in a prayer journal is something that many people find helpful. Think of the practice as writing a letter to God. Deliver your worries to Him or write to Him about things that are going well.
5. Pray the Rosary. Contemplating the mysteries of Jesus’ life in the Rosary is to contemplate the mystery of Jesus in Blessed Sacrament, whom we praise in Adoration. Or pray the Chaplet of the Divine Mercy, or another devotion.
6. Don’t be afraid to just be quiet, silent, and alone with the Lord, and just to “bask” in the beautiful, peaceful presence of Christ in the Holy Eucharist.
7. When you are ready to leave, offer to the Lord a departing prayer. This can be a spontaneous prayer of thanksgiving, or you can privately use the prayers of Benediction, which is given at the end of Solemn Adoration.
Fr. John Bartunek and Dan Burke talk about adoration, what it is, and why it is important.
O Saving Banquet
O sacred banquet,
in which Christ is received,
the memory of his Passion is renewed,
the mind is filled with grace,
and a pledge of future glory is given to us.
O Saving Victim
O Saving Victim, op’ning wide
The gate of heav’n to us below!
Our foes press on from ev’ry side:
Your aid supply, your strength bestow.
To your great name be endless praise,
Immortal God-head, one in Three;
O grant us endless length of days
When our true native land we see.
Down in adoration falling
Lo! The sacred Host we hail;
Lo! O’er ancient forms departing,
Newer rites of grace prevail;
Faith for all defects supplying
Where the feeble senses fail.
To the ever lasting Father,
And the Son who reigns on high,
With the Spirit Blest proceeding
Forth from each eternally,
Be salvation, honor, blessing,
Might and endless majesty. Amen
Think about God’s saving love through sharing with us the life of His Son and the Trinity. Prayed alone or as part of Benediction.
Litany of the Most Blessed Sacrament
Blessed be God.
Blessed be his holy name.
Blessed be Jesus Christ, true God and true man.
Blessed be the name of Jesus.
Blessed be his most Sacred Heart.
Blessed be his most Precious Blood.
Blessed be Jesus in the most Holy Sacrament of the Altar.
Blessed be the Holy Spirit, the Paraclete.
Blessed be the great Mother of God, Mary most holy.
Blessed be her holy and Immaculate Conception.
Blessed be her glorious Assumption.
Blessed be the name of Mary, Virgin and Mother.
Blessed be Saint Joseph, her most chaste spouse.
Blessed be God in his angels and in his saints
The time you spend with Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament is the best time that you will spend on earth. Each moment that you spend with Jesus will deepen your union with Him and make your soul everlastingly more glorious and beautiful in heaven, and will help bring about an everlasting peace on earth.”
– St.Teresa of Calcutta
By Becky Roach, Catholic-Link
1. Be Patient.
2. Bring Scriptute
3. Pray the Rosary
4. Be OK with Silence
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