Why Eucharistic Adoration May Be Just What You're Praying For
What is Eucharistic Adoration?
Eucharistic Adoration is exactly what it sounds like. We worship and honor the presence of Jesus in the Eucharist in front of us as exposed within our chapel. And we listen and open ourselves to His Grace.
It is an opportunity for us to expand upon our experience 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." It flows directly from the sacrifice of the Mass and deepens our Communion with Christ and the rest of the Church.
Many have heard calls for reconciliation and ministries in the Chapel. There have been numerous marriages mended and vocations discerned there. Pat Kankowski, our coordinator, knows of 3 religious sisters, 2 priests, a monk, and a brother who first heard their call in the Chapel.
How Do You Join Us?
Call Pat Kankowski 619-889-5874.
We have a perpetual Adoration Chapel here at St. Therese. Call Pat and she will set up a time with you. We welcome Adorers!
Make Adoration a Habit. Ask Pat to set up a scheduled hour of Adoration for you each week. This ensures that the chapel stays open because the Presence of Jesus can never be left alone in the Chapel.
What happens if something prevents me from making my assigned hour? All hours from 5 AM to 12 AM have a Buddy. Night adorers have committed subs. The buddies work as a team. They notify one another if they cannot make their assigned time. If both have commitments then one of them calls me. I have a list of committed subs. The Chapel is to be a blessing to All which it has been for over 20 years.
What is the Adoration Chapel?
The Chapel is a place of prayer for adoring our Lord Jesus Christ. Exposed is the Holy Eucharist which is the Real Presence of our Lord, soul, and divinity. It is a chapel of intimacy since you are so close to Jesus, physically, mentally, and spiritually.
It is a special place for all ages and circumstances.
Many seniors have seen that they can impact their families and the world in a big way through their prayers. Widows and others when lonely at night describe going to the chapel, so they would not be praying alone. So many seniors share their heartache when their health prevents them from their time with the Eucharistic Lord they have come to know and experience in the Chapel.
The chapel is also drawing students from San Diego State University and others who are drawn to the Eucharistic Lord for strength and clarity.
What is the thing that holds the Eucharist during Adoration? It is called a monstrance. The term evolved from the Latin monstrare ‘to show’. In medieval Latin it became monstrantia. And in late Middle English it was monstrance (also in the sense ‘demonstration or proof’).
What are the Adoration Chapel rules? Silence, reverence of our Eucharistic Lord and an attitude of respect to other adorers.
Who can participate in Adoration Chapel? Anyone with a sincere heart of prayer and understanding of the Eucharist.
How do you prepare for Eucharistic adoration? Preparation is only if you have a scheduled hour. In that case, make sure that you arrive on time and are mentally prepared to share an hour with Christ in prayer and adoration.
Spending time in Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament is coming before the Living God. There are four types of prayer which are always appropriate, adoration and praise, repentance, thanksgiving and trusting intercession.’ There is also great benefit to just sitting and 'being' with God.
Here are 12 suggestions for making the most of Eucharistic Adoration.
Pray the Our Father and Hail Mary slowly & prayerfully
Sit quietly and just be in the presence of Jesus.
Pray the Passion consoling the Heart of Jesus
Pray the 'Jesus Prayer’, "Lord Jesus have Mercy on me, a sinner” repeatedly as you quiet your mind and heart
Meditate on scriptures. What thoughts come to mind? What might God be trying to show you?
Pray for family, friends, our world and your enemies.
Pour out your heart to Christ and adore Him.
Recall all your blessings and give thanks for them. Ask Him to show you the blessings hidden in your hardships.
Read a book written by a saint. Meditate and pray their prayers.
Read books that draw you into prayer and adoration preferably not study guides
Ask what God wants you to do for others once you leave Adoration