What is Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament?
Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament is a form of worship which recognizes and honours the presence of Christ in the Holy Eucharist. It affirms our belief in Jesus, truly present - body, blood, soul and divinity in the Eucharist.
During Adoration, a consecrated host is placed in a sacred vessel known as a monstrance. The monstrance, containing the consecrated host, is placed on the altar for all to see and adore. It is a time to "watch and wait", to remain "silent" in his presence and open ourselves to his graces which flow from the Eucharist. Like a magnet, the Lord draws us to himself and gently transforms us.
At the end of the period of Adoration, the priest gives the people present a solemn blessing with the monstrance containing the consecrated host. This is what we call Benediction.
"The time you spend with Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament is the best time you will spend on earth. Each moment that you spend with Jesus will deepen your union with him and make your soul everlastingly more glorious and beautiful in Heaven, and will help bring about everlasting peace on earth."
- Saint Teresa of Calcutta
Adoration at the Parish of St. Timothy
Tuesdays - 10:15 - 11:15 am
First Fridays of each month - 7:00 - 8:15 pm
Feel free to bring your own prayer books, use the books and resources provided, read the Bible, pray the Rosary, or just sit, relax and enjoy the sweet peace that comes from simply being in the presence of God. You may feel you can't pray well. Don't let this discourage you. The mere fact that you took time out to spend time with Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament pleases him very much, and is, in itself, a prayer of great faith.
What is the point of Eucharistic Adoration?
Fr. John Bartunek and Dan Burke talk about adoration, what it is, and why it is important.