Adoration of the Eucharist
Join us every third Tuesday of the month for Adoration of the Eucharist in the Church, from 7 – 9 p.m. Come at any time during the two hours, for as long as you want.
What is Adoration About?
As Catholics we believe that Jesus is really, truly, and substantially present in the Eucharist—in His Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity. Can you imagine what would happen if, at the time of Holy Communion at Mass, the priest handed out $1,000,000 to each person who came up? The line would be out the door and down the street—and probably be miles and miles long! Well, something infinitely greater takes place at Mass, since we receive God Himself in the Eucharist.
To adore the living and Real Presence of Jesus in the Eucharist, outside of Mass, does not take anything away from what happens at Mass, but rather, is a prolongation of it. The Sacred Congregation for Divine Worship, in its instruction Eucharistiae Sacramentum, says this:
Exposition of the Holy Eucharist, either in a ciborium or in a monstrance, leads us to acknowledge Christ's marvelous presence in the sacrament and invites us to the spiritual union with him that culminates in sacramental communion. Therefore it is a strong encouragement toward the worship owed to Christ in spirit and in truth.
Find out for yourself what a powerful experience it can be to pray in front of the sacramental presence of Jesus Christ, exposed for us in the Eucharist.
To learn more about the Eucharist, check out these links:
And if you've got more time...
A more extensive treatment of the entire Eucharistic mystery is available elsewhere in this series. See the Eucharist (Communion).
For a consideration of the Mass, at which the sacrament of the Eucharist is confected, see the item in this series on the Mass (Sacred Liturgy).