Adoration - What is it?
Eucharistic Adoration, also known as Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, dates back to the times of the Apostles. It is one of the Church's most beautiful and powerful devotions.
St. Alphonsus Liguori explained it as follows: "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." And yet, many Catholics are not familiar with it or they have forgotten it.
We pray that by providing the following information on Eucharistic Adoration our community will more fully understand, be better prepared and spend more time in His presence, whether reserved in the tabernacle, a ciborium or during a full exposition in a monstrance. May God open the eyes of your heart.
What is the Eucharist?
The Eucharist is nothing less than Jesus' complete and personal gift of Himself to us - Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity under the appearances of bread and wine in the consecrated Host. He hides His immense glory, beauty and dignity in the Blessed Sacrament because He wants us to come to Him in faith that we may love Him for Himself. (Missionaries of the Blessed Sacrament)
What is Eucharistic Adoration?
Eucharistic Adoration (Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament) 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 the 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. (Our Sunday Visitor)
What is Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament?
Exposition is the placement of the sacred host outside the tabernacle for public adoration. This can take many forms. The simplest form is the opening of the tabernacle doors. Another form is the removal of the sacred vessels from the tabernacle for a more prominent and visible placement. The Church also permits a “full” exposition, when the sacred host is clearly visible in a vessel called a “monstrance” (Sanctuary of the Divine Mercy).
However, exposition may only take place if there is assurance of the participation of a reasonable number of faithful adorers.
Who are the adorers?
While all are welcomed and encouraged to attend Adoration, individuals are needed to commit to spend an hour or two once or twice a month before the Blessed Sacrament. That is why typically, two or more people take turns, to spend an hour, in prayer and silence, before the Blessed Sacrament. This is crucial since Christ exposed in the monstrance must never be left unattended. Also, in case something happens to one of the adorers, another adorer will always be ready to step in when needed.
What is the relationship of Eucharistic Adoration to the Mass?
The celebration of the Mass is the origin and purpose of the worship shown to the Eucharist outside the Mass. Eucharistic Adoration extends Holy Communion in a lasting way even as it prepares the faithful to participate more fully in the celebration of the Mass. It leads us to acknowledge Christ’s marvelous presence in the sacrament and invites us to deeper spiritual union with Him in the reception of Holy Communion. (Sanctuary of the Divine Mercy)
What is Perpetual Adoration?
Perpetual Adoration is continuous prayer and worship before the Most Blessed Sacrament twenty four hours a day, seven days a week. The hours are covered by Adorers.
Are children welcomed?
Absolutely. Adoration is for the entire family. Just make sure that they are old enough to understand how to be quiet. Children under the legal age cannot be assigned an hour on their own, but they may adore with their family.
Why is Perpetual Adoration Important?
Perpetual Adoration is YOUR personal time with Jesus Christ. It integrates the entire faith community of Epiphany Cathedral and everyone who joins us, uniting our prayer intentions and concerns into ONE. Many miracles and blessings have been associated with Perpetual Adoration.
What blessings are associated with Perpetual Adoration?
Documented blessings include:
- Increased vocations to the priesthood and religious life.
- Increased parish-wide attendance, goodwill offerings, both monetarily and in volunteerism.
- Return of fallen away Catholics and Conversions..
- Healing of troubled marriages.
- Healing of broken relationships.
- Healing of diseases and sickness.