Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament
Parishioners are encouraged to come and pray for one hour at scheduled times before the Blessed Sacrament. Jesus said, “Ask and you shall receive”. In the company of Jesus, much is gained while praying for ourselves, our family, our parish, our diocese and everyone in the world.
What is Perpetual Adoration?
Perpetual Adoration is a Eucharistic devotion whereby members of a given parish (or other entity) unite in taking hours of adoration before the Most Blessed Sacrament (in most cases, exposed), both during the day and throughout the night, seven days a week.
Why is exposition in the monstrance preferred?
To see Jesus visibly present under the appearance of the small white host is much more conducive to intimacy than hidden away in the tabernacle. Moreover, it adds an extra responsibility on the adorers to be sure to be faithful to the hours they are scheduled, since the suggested norm for having Jesus exposed in the monstrance is that there should be at least two adorers present, and He must never be left alone. Could not these words of our Lord be applied today: “Indeed, this is the will of My heavenly Father, that everyone who looks upon the Son, and believes in Him, shall have eternal life. Him I will raise up on the last day.”
What spiritual benefits and graces can be attributed to the establishment of a parish Perpetual Adoration program?
- an increase in Mass attendance and reception of the sacraments;
- return of fallen-away Catholics and increase in the number of conversions;
- increase in religions and priestly vocations;
- renewal of Catholic family life;
- spiritual level of the people is raised with a resulting desire and courage to spread the “good news” to others;
- a greater community spirit, centered as it is on the heart of the parish, Jesus’ presence in the Blessed Sacrament.
How does one spend an hour before Jesus exposed in the Blessed Sacrament?
This hour Jesus wants you to spend with Him is spent any way you want. You may bring your own prayer books, use the books in the chapel, read the Bible, pray the rosary, or just sit and relax and enjoy the sweet peace that comes from simply being in the Presence of God. You may feel that you can’t pray well. Don’t let this discourage you. The mere fact that you take time out at a specific time each week to spend an hour with Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament pleases Him very much and is in itself a prayer of great faith. Please remember that Perpetual Adoration is a parish is not just for a day, a week, a month, or a year. Rather, it is for always. It is not temporary, but ongoing, lasting, permanent.
(The Franciscan Friars of Marytown have devoted a special fifty-six page issue of Immaculata Magazine to the Eucharist. It is available from the Conventual Friars of Marytown, 1600 West Park Avenue, Libertyville IL 60048. This text is abridged from an article which originally appeared in this issue.)
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