Eucharistic Adoration

“When you pray before the Eucharist, allow your desire for the things of God to intensify, allow your heart & soul to expand.” Bishop Barron.

Many Opportunities for Eucharistic Adoration at Holy Family! One hour before all Masses, Fridays from 12noon to 7pm and from 12 noon to Midnight on the first Friday of each month.

What is Eucharistic Adoration?

Adoration is a quiet time spent in prayer before Jesus present in the Eucharist. A Consecrated Host is placed in the centre of a sacred vessel called a Monstrance, the Monstrance is then placed on the altar for all to see and worship. Jesus truly is present body, blood, soul and divinity in the Consecrated Host or “Blessed Sacrament.”

Why do we have it?

Because Jesus wants it. “Could you not watch one hour with Me.” (Matthew 26:40). But also because WE need it – we have needs, hurts, joys, and sorrows that we can share only with Our Lord and Savior. By coming to Adoration we give Jesus great honour and act with humility by acknowledging our need for, and dependence upon Him – our Creator.

What do we DO during Adoration?

You may spend the time with Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament any way you want. You may bring prayer books, read the Bible, pray the Rosary, or just sit, relax and enjoy the peace that comes from being in His Presence. You may feel you can’t pray well. Don’t let this discourage you. The fact that you came to spend time with Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament pleases Him very much, and is in itself a prayer of faith.

Why should I go?

To deepen your personal relationship with Jesus and grow in faith, hope, and love. St. Peter Julian Eymard said that every time you look at Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament, your place in heaven is raised. Besides that future goal, right now, here on earth, Jesus will give you His peace within you as you spend time with Him. Just as you can’t be exposed to the sun without receiving its rays, neither can you come into the Light and Presence of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament without receiving the divine rays of His grace, His love, His peace.

How do I show love & respect for Jesus while in His presence?

By coming to Adoration quietly and with reverence. By kneeling on both knees before going to the pew. By keeping still as you and others pray. By trying to lift your mind and heart to Jesus during Adoration. Try thinking about His sufferings and believe that He suffered all He did because you are very precious and worth everything to Him! “Our essential commitment in life is to grow spiritually in the climate of the Holy Eucharist.” Pope John Paul II