“We are overwhelmed by words, by superficial pleasures and by an increasing din, filled not by joy but rather by the discontent of those whose lives have lost meaning. How can we fail to realize the need to stop this rat race and to recover the personal space needed to carry on a heartfelt dialogue with God? Finding that space may prove painful but it is always fruitful. Sooner or later, we have to face our true selves and let the Lord enter.”
Pope Francis
Gaudete et Exsultate, 29
WORSHIP: The Intimate Encounter with Christ

Adoration

"Behold I am with you always, until the end of the age" (Matt 28:20). Eucharistic Adoration is a continuation of the commual worship of the Mass. Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament is an opportunity to come before Jesus physically present in the consecrated Host. Adoration is held on Fridays from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. On First Fridays, Eucharistic Adoration is held in the church from 9 a.m. to 6:45 p.m. Benediction will be celebrated in the church at 6:45 p.m., followed by First Friday Mass at 7 p.m.


Why Adore?
Adoration is a personal act of faith in the Presence of Jesus, an act of love for the God who loved us even unto death on a cross. It is sitting before the Lord as the early disciples did, to listen to him, to learn his will for us, to allow our hearts to be transformed. It is placing ourselves and our loved ones before the radiance of his peaceful gaze to experience his healing, strengthening presence.

An hour spent in the presence of Jesus, praying directly before him, is truly a Holy Hour, a powerful means for advancing along the road to wholeness…to holiness. The more we allow him access to our hearts, the more he can transform our lives, no matter what our situations or circumstances.

During the Hour
A Holy Hour with Jesus may be spent praying familiar prayers, saying the Rosary, reading Scripture or spiritual books. We may be too weary to do any of these, and simply want to sit in his Presence and receive his love and peace.

Some people experience painful memories of hurt or past sins when they have been in adoration for awhile. This is a sign that the Lord is doing some deep purifying and healing. As our sins are made known to us, Jesus invites us to come to him in the Sacrament of Penance to be reconciled with the Father through the Spirit of Love.

Finally, it is natural to become tired, distracted or even bored during an hour of prayer. Yet every time that we find ourselves distracted and then turn our attention back to him, we make an act of love. Remember the first three friends Jesus invited to come and spend an hour with him? They fell asleep! Yet he built the Church upon their response to his mystery and presence. O come, let us adore him!


What is Eucharistic Adoration?

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Prayer of Jesus

Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation. But deliver us from evil. Amen.

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Adoration prayer

I believe that you are present in the Blessed Sacrament, O Jesus. I love you and desire you. Come into my heart. Amen.

-St. Francis of Assisi (1182-1226)


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