What is Eucharistic Adoration? Catholics believe that during the Mass which we attend each week (for some of us daily), the priest (during the consecration) speaks these words as he holds the communion host, "...He took bread and gave you thanks. He broke the bread, gave it to his disciples, and said: Take this all of you, and eat it: this is my body which will be given up for you". When the priest says "this my body", it is at that instant when, through the miracle of transubstantiation, the bread and wine which we offer as the bloodless sacrifice to our Lord truly become the Body, Blood , Soul and Divinity of Jesus. It is His true Presence in the form of bread and wine. It is Christ.
Perpetual Adoration is when the priest takes a consecrated host, such as the one described above, and places it in a monstrance. (monstrance comes from the Latin "monstrare" to show, to expose to view.) The monstrance is then placed in front of the tabernackle (an ornate box which holds the monstrance and any consecrated hosts) or on the altar of the church or chapel for adoration.
What do you actually do during adoration? You may sign up to be an "adorer" which allows you to schedule yourself for one or more hours per week to pray before the very presence of Our Lord, exposed in the monstrance. It means that you can have some time alone with Jesus to recite your favorite prayers, read the bible, contemplate acts of faith, hope, charity, thanksgiving, reparation, pray a rosary or do whatever type of prayerful devotion that suits you before Our Lord. You can just sit and say nothing simply keeping Him company, just as you would with a dear friend.
Twelve Reasons From The Teachings Of The Church For Wanting To Spend One Hour With Jesus In The Blessed Sacrament
1. You are greatly needed!
2. This is a personal invitation to you from Jesus.
3. Jesus is counting on you because the Eucharist is the center of
4. Your hour with Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament will repair for
evils of the world and bring about peace on earth.
5. Day and night Jesus dwells in the Blessed Sacrament because you
are the most important person in the world to Him!
6. Jesus wants you to do more than to go to Mass on
7. You grow spiritually with each moment you spend with
8. The best time you spend on earth is with Jesus, your Best Friend,
in the Blessed Sacrament!
9. Just as you can’t be exposed to the sun without receiving its
rays, neither can you come to Jesus exposed in the Blessed Sacrament
without receiving the Divine Rays of His Grace, His Love, His
10. If Jesus were actually visible in church, everyone would run to
welcome Him, but He remains hidden in the Sacred Host under the appearance
of Bread, because He is calling us to faith, that we many come to Him in
11. With transforming mercy, Jesus makes our heart one with
12. If the Pope himself would give you a special invitation to visit
him in the Vatican, this honor would be nothing in comparison to the honor
and dignity that Jesus Himself bestows upon you with the Invitation of
spending one hour with Him in the Blessed Sacrament.
Twelve Biblical Reasons For Wanting To Spend One Hour With Jesus In The Blessed Sacrament
1. He is really there!
2. Day and night Jesus dwells in the Blessed Sacrament because of
his Infinite love for you!
3. The specific way that Jesus asks you to love Him in return is to
spend one quiet hour with Him in the Blessed Sacrament.
4. When you look upon the Sacred Host, you look upon Jesus, the Son
5. 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.
6. Each hour you spend with Jesus will deepen His Divine Peace in
7. Jesus will give you all the Graces you need to be
8. Jesus is infinitely deserving of our unceasing thanksgiving and
adoration for all He has done for our salvation.
9. For Peace in our country!
10. Each hour you spend with Jesus on earth will leave your soul
everlastingly more beautiful and glorious in heaven!
11. Jesus will bless you, your family and the whole world for this
hour of faith you spend with Him in the Blessed Sacrament.
12. Each moment you spend with Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament brings
joy, pleasure, and delight to His Sacred Heart!
Eucharistic Adoration By: Pope John Paul II
I encourage Christians regularly to visit Christ present in the Blessed Sacrament, for we are all called to abide in the presence of God. In contemplation, Christians will perceive ever more profoundly the mystery at the heart of Christian life.
Teach young people the value of Eucharistic Adoration.
I urge priests, religious and lay people to continue and redouble their efforts to teach the younger generations the meaning and value of Eucharistic adoration and devotion. How will young people be able to know the Lord if they are not introduced to the mystery of His presence? Like the young Samuel, by learning the words of the prayer of the heart, they will be closer to the Lord, who will accompany them in their spiritual and human growth. The Eucharistic mystery is in fact the "summit of evangelization" (Lumen Gentium) for it is the most eminent testimony to Christ’s resurrection.
Last Modified 12/12/2002