The Catechism of the Catholic Church tells us that, “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)
It is highly fitting that Christ should have wanted to remain present to His Church in this unique way. Since Christ was about to take His departure from His own in His visible form, He wanted to give us His sacramental presence; since He was about to offer Himself on the cross to save us, He wanted us to have the memorial of the love with which He loved us “to the end,” even to the giving of His life. In His Eucharistic presence He remains mysteriously in our midst as the one who loved us and gave Himself up for us, and He remains under signs that express and communicate this
The Church and the world have a great need for Eucharistic worship. Jesus
awaits us in this sacrament of love. Let us not refuse the time to go to meet Him in adoration, in contemplation full of faith, and open to making amends for the serious offenses and crimes of the world. Let our adoration never cease (Catechism Catholic Church; 1380).
“The Eucharist is connected with the Passion. …To make sure that we do not forget, Jesus gave us the Eucharist as a memorial of his love … When you look at the Crucifix, you understand how much Jesus loved you then, when you look at the Sacred Host you understand how much Jesus loves you now.” – St. Teresa of Calcutta
What to do in Adoration?
Sometimes we can be intimidated to go to Adoration. It is not because we fear being with Jesus in prayer but rather we have never been taught what to do in an extended period of silent prayer. While visiting our Lord in Eucharistic Adoration, we can pray in a variety of different ways.
Here are some suggestions:
- 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
- Recite the “Jesus Prayer”
Say “Lord Jesus Christ, have mercy on me, a sinner,” repeatedly as you quiet your heart and mind.
- 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 message.
- 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. Therese of Lisieux, Catherine of Siena, Francis of Assisi, 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.
- 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 holy cross You have redeemed the world.”
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
Taken from: http://www.uga.edu/cc/liturgy/adoration.htm
Holy Hour. What’s that?
The purpose of this special hour is to spend time in prayer in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament. We can do many things during a Holy Hour. Venerable Fulton Sheen tells us that with each Holy Hour we do, in a way, we undo the first failed Holy Hour of the disciples when our Lord said to them: “Could you not keep watch one hour with me?” In our Holy Hours we keep vigil with the Lord. Here are some steps to help you prepare for a Holy Hour:
Step 1: Prep-work
We need to remember that like much else in life we need to prepare for the event. If we are on our way to the church to pray, do we have the music going with the latest hit or are we beginning to focus on Jesus Christ? We need to “pray before we pray.” It sounds funny but praying that God would bless our prayer and dispose us by removing distractions and anxieties is key.
Step 2: Enter in
When we get to the place where we have gone to pray we need to give ourselves over to the time with Jesus. It is time to focus. At this time, it is helpful to offer the time with our Lord for an intention, whether it is for our family, friends, the Church, or a distress of our times.
Step 3: Practice Prayer
We need to practice things to become good at them. Sometimes prayer seems distasteful or difficult. If there is difficultly in a type of prayer you are practicing, to the point where you cannot focus, then move on to another type of prayer. If you are meditating on Scripture and keep getting distracted, then maybe it is time to start praying for the people in your family.
Step 4: Thank God
As the time concludes for this prayer, we need to collect mentally all of the graces and experiences we have received and thank God for them. Then we can end the time with an Our Father or Hail Mary.
Step 5: Remember
As we go about our lives, let’s keep in mind those graces in prayer we were given and revisit them in future prayer times. It is important to not view our prayer as individual moments that have nothing to do with each other. Prayers, like life, build and have a starting point and a point where they are going to bring us.
Twelve Biblical Reasons for Wanting to Spend One Hour
with Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament
- He is really there!
- Day and night Jesus dwells in the Blessed Sacrament because of His Infinite love for you!
- The specific way that Jesus asks you to love Him in return is to spend one quiet hour with Him in the Blessed Sacrament.
- When you look upon the Sacred Host, you look upon Jesus, the Son of God.
- Each moment that you spend in His Eucharistic Presence will increase His Divine Life within you and deepen your personal relationship and friendship with Him.
- Each hour you spend with Jesus will deepen His Divine Peace in your heart.
- Jesus will give you all the graces you need to be happy!
- Jesus is infinitely deserving of our unceasing thanksgiving and adoration for all He has done for our salvation.
- For peace in our country!
- Each hour you spend with Jesus on earth will leave your soul everlastingly more beautiful and glorious in heaven!
- Jesus will bless you, your family, and the whole world for this hour of faith you spend with Him in the Blessed Sacrament.
- Each moment you spend with Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament brings joy, pleasure, and delight to His Sacred Heart!