WHAT IS EUCHARIST ADORATION?
From the beginning and throughout its 2000-year history, the Church has always held that Jesus is truly present, Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity in the Eucharist. The Church takes Jesus' revelation about this quite literally from the apostles through tradition and the Gospels. (See John's Gospel Chapter 6 and Matthew 26:26) During the middle ages, belief in the Real Presence declined for many reasons. Because of this, a tradition was established to emphasize the Catholic belief in the Real Presence and as a way for believers to show a special reverence for the real Jesus in the Eucharist. A consecrated host, displayed in a container called a monstrance (meaning to show), displays the consecrated host in a conspicuous way on the altar for all to gaze upon and worship. Once exposed on the altar, the Catholic tradition holds that one or more of the faithful community must be present around the clock to pray and adore the Lord usually for 24 hours or more, each person taking a one hour or more turn. At the end of this 24-hour period, the host is removed from the monstrance and returned to the tabernacle along side the other consecrated hosts if there are any. For more discussion about this practice, select Seton History of Eucharistic Adoration or Church History of Eucharistic Adoration
Benefits of Eucharistic Adoration
Below are some viewpoints from the experience of those in the Church who practice the tradition of Eucharistic Adoration:
"Each moment spent in prayer before the Eucharist deepens my relationship to the personal Jesus there on the altar." "Prayer in the place where Christ is present in a special way becomes more intense and personal." "It's like having a personal conversation with your God who is right there listening to you and you listening to Him." "The discipline of conversation with God in silence for a whole hour brings me in a much closer relationship to Him." "I look forward to it each week."
A Pope's Viewpoint
Pope John Paul II in 1981 said after he began a perpetual adoration in St. Peters Basilica, "The best, the surest and the most effective way of establishing peace on earth is through the power of perpetual adoration of the Blessed Sacrament (Eucharist)."
St. John Chrysostom states:
"When you see It (the Body of Christ) exposed, say to yourself: thanks to this Body, I am no longer dust and ashes, I am no more a captive but a freeman: hence I hope to obtain Heaven and the good things that are there in store for me, eternal life, the heritage of the Angels, companionship with Christ."
St. John Vianney, the Cure of Ars (1786-1859), told his people:
"Our Lord is hidden there...waiting for us to come and visit Him, and make our requests to Him...In heaven, where we shall be glorious and triumphant, we shall see Him in all His glory. If He had presented Himself, before us in that glory now, we should not have dared to approach Him; but He hides Himself like a person in prison, who might say to us, "You do not see Me, but that is no matter; ask of Me all you wish and I will grant it."
Mother Teresa of Calcutta has said:
"Prayer before Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament (Eucharist) will save the world from destruction through war."
Seton History of Eucharistic Adoration
In 1988, Eucharistic Adoration began at Seton on the vigils of holy days such as the Immaculate Heart of Mary, the Sacred Heart of Jesus, and in Lent and Advent.
In 1990, 24-hour Eucharistic Adoration began on Palm Sunday and continued through Holy Thursday until midnight. At about this same time, a monthly 24-hour Adoration was begun for each first Friday on the first Saturday of the month. Then in August of 2000, the 24-hour monthly Eucharistic Adoration was expanded to weekly, every Friday and Saturday from 10:00 am on Fridays (9:00 am during the summer months when there is no school) to 8:00 am on Saturdays when Benediction is celebrated before the 8:15 daily Mass.
Over the years, we have found that a commitment to do a particular hour of the 24-hour period works the best. People tend to remember their commitment and remind themselves of it when that time comes around. You may also get a "friendly" reminder on the day before from one of the members of the group w hose ministry it is to support this devotion. We hope that all those reading this history will make the effort to at least try this devotion.