The Catechism quotes Saint John Paul II: “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.” (CCC, 1380)
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)
Saint John Paul II in his Encyclical leter, Ecclesia de Eucharistia, wrote:
The worship of the Eucharist outside of the Mass is of inestimable value for the life of the Church. This worship is strictly linked to the celebration of the Eucharistic Sacrifice. The presence of Christ under the sacred species reserved after Mass – a presence which lasts as long as the species of bread and of wine remain – derives from the celebration of the sacrifice and is directed towards communion, both sacramental and spiritual. It is the responsibility of Pastors to encourage, also by their personal witness, the practice of Eucharistic adoration, and exposition of the Blessed Sacrament in particular, as well as prayer of adoration before Christ present under the Eucharistic species. (Ecclesia de Eucharistia, no. 25)
In the spirit of this encyclical and so many other Church documents encouraging us to be an Eucharist centered community of faith, this year we hope to start Perpetual Adoration in our Parish. Meanwhile, I encourage you to take advantage of the many opportunities that we have right now at St. Elizabeth to place our self in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament in prayer, meditation and adoration.
As we prepare to begin “Perpetual Adoration”, please take advantage of the opportunities that exist right now at St. Elizabeth parish for Eucharistic Adoration – particularly during this season of Lent. The days and hours for adoration are as follows:
Every FIRST FRIDAY: 8:00 pm to Midnight in the Church
Every WEDNESDAY: 8:00 pm to 10:00 pm in the Church
Also, our Pastoral Center Chapel is open Monday through Friday from 9:00 am to 9:00 pm for you to visit Our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament!
The importance of Eucharistic Adoration is shown in the fact that the Church has a ritual that regulates it: the Rite of Eucharistic Exposition and Benediction. This is an extension of the adoration of the Blessed Sacrament which occurs in every Mass: “Behold the Lamb of God, behold him who takes away the sins of the world. Blessed are those called to the supper of the Lamb.” Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament flows from the sacrifice of the Mass and serves to deepen our hunger for Communion with Christ and the rest of the Church.The Rite ordinarily concludes with the ordained minister blessing the faithful with the Blessed Sacrament.
Holy Hours are the Roman Catholic devotional tradition of spending an hour in Eucharistic Adoration in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament. The bishops of the United states have created a variety of holy hours that focus our prayer to Jesus Christ on peace, life, vocations, and other topics that are at the heart of the life of the Church and the world. Please click on “Eucharistic Devotion” to go to the USCCB page!
For a historical background on the Adoration and Custody of the Eucharist, please click here.
Please watch the video below, which is part of a video series from Wordonfire.org. Father Barron here comments on Eucharistic Adoration.