Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Eucharistic Adoration: Thoughts?

I am going to be engaging in Eucharistic Adoration during Lent. It's an area that some have encouraged me to try and I admit I've been hesitant. But during the retreat this past weekend, we had an opportunity to do this and I found it surprisingly peaceful.

I know not every church practices this devotion. Some only do it once a month, some do it several times a week and some do not do it at all. It would seem that there is a connection in the parish from how they view the Eucharist to whether they engage in Eucharistic Adoration or not.

What are some of your thoughts on this devotion? What are some of the insights you've gleaned from your involvement with it?

8 comments:

Karinann said...

Mary Rose,
I belong to a parish that has had Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration for the last 12 years. I have been a committed adorer for the last 5-1/2 years. My hour with Jesus is midnight Sundays. It is the best hour of my week and I believe it sets the tone for the rest of my week. I also believe that it has much to do with why our parish thrives. The chapel was opened on Dec 8, the Feast of the Immaculate Conception so I'm sure Our Lady has something to do with it. Knowing that I can go and be with Jesus anytime day or night is a very comforting thought. I also realize how blessed as a parish we are- not every parish can do this.
Adding Adoration during Lent is a wonderful way to show devotion to our Lord and I'm sure he will bestow many graces upon you during this time.
Have a blessed Lent.

Prodigal Daughter said...

I love Eucharistic Adoration, and your name too! Our parish has it on Monday thru Friday 9AM - 7PM and it's right down the street from my house. You will be so blessed for your devotion.

Mairin :o) said...

I think you will enjoy it. Our parish has perpetual Adoration, too. I always feel better after I've gone. I've gone upset, angry, when I didn't really want to go..and I always come out calm and more peaceful.

I had a hard time at first, and still on some occasions, but it is so worth it. What a great lenten observance!

Angela M. said...

I love it and don't get there nearly enough. When I could not receive Holy Communion it was my life line. Many times I have received answers to problems at Adoration. Many times I would find some little book or prayer card there that was exactly what I needed to read at that moment. My friend calls Adoration - the University of the Eucharist - you'll see why very shortly. Enjoy and be blessed!

Mary Rose said...

Beautiful thoughts, everyone! And nice to meet another Prodigal Daughter! :-)

It shouldn't be a surprise that the parishes that honor Jesus Christ and adore Him would thrive. What touched me about all the stories here was that you all felt closer to the Lord after doing it. That is awesome. Thank you for sharing.

Janny said...

I started going to Eucharistic Adoration awhile agi--two churches in town have it two days a week. Usually, I can only slip in for 15 minutes prior to work (unless I have a day off!), but even then, I hate to miss it. My schedule is such lately that I'm missing my Wednesday morning slot in order to get a ride to work, but I may change that...

...and I actually am in a workplace where we have Adoration every First Friday for four hours, and I have a regular half-hour slot there. Which is a splendid bonus!

The longer I do this, the more convinced I become that nothing else is quite like Adoration. It's irreplaceable, and I'm looking forward even as I type this to my 15 minutes tomorrow morning!

IMHO, you do Adoration during Lent, you'll get so hooked you'll never want to stop it. :-)

Janny

Janny said...

That's awhile AGO, not "agi"--no, I'm not slipping Latin in there on you. :-P

Janny

Lynne said...

Here's a link to what I wrote a long time ago on Adoration...

Adoration

But the quick summary is that not only is Adoration wonderful but Benediction, when the Consecrated Host is removed from the mostrance, is a beautiful ceremony.