Eucharistic Adoration

Eucharistic Adoration

"Come away to a deserted place and rest awhile."

  • Why is it important to "come away to a deserted place and rest while"?
    • Jesus recognized that his followers at times needed to be alone with him, away from the crowds and the demands of life in order to be refreshed and renewed.
    • As a college student you are faced with many demands each day, juggling classes, study, activities, work and social life. It is hard to find some time just to be quiet, to reflect on what is happening in your life.
    • Jesus invited his disciples to come away with him to a quiet place. Jesus invites us to do the same so that we can hear his call to deeper and fuller life and to be strengthened by his loving presence.
  • What do Catholics believe about the Eucharist?
    • Catholics believe that by the outpouring of the Holy Spirit that the bread and wine become the body and blood of Christ.
    • Catholics believe in the "real presence" of Christ; Jesus is present "body, blood, soul and divinity" in the Eucharist.
    • Blessed Moreau, founder of the Congregation of Holy Cross, taught that in the Eucharist we experience the "excesses" of God's tenderness for us since Jesus has given himself to us, in order to be with us always.
  • Why do Catholic practice Eucharistic Adoration?
    • In the early Church, Christians would bring holy communion, the Eucharist, to those who were not able to gather with them for worship, especially the sick;
    • In time, the Eucharist was "reserved" or kept in a tabernacle, so that the body of Christ, holy communion, could be brought to the sick and those in need;
    • In time, due to their faith in the real presence of Christ in the Eucharist, Christians began to pray before the "reserved" Eucharist in the tabernacle.
    • Every act and word of prayer is in some way a moment of adoration; for we stand in awe before God, who alone can provide the gifts that we need.
  • What will take place during Eucharistic Adoration at King's?
    • At the beginning of the time set aside for Eucharistic adoration the priest or another minister will take a consecrated host from the tabernacle, and place the body of Christ in a monstrance, a sacred vessel that allows the host to be seen, and then places it on the altar between two candelabra;
    • The priest or minister will pray briefly at the start of the time set aside for prayer and as Eucharistic adoration concludes;
    • The remainder of the designated time will be spent in silence, so that each person gathered can pray and worship the Lord Jesus in the manner that they are most comfortable.
  • How long do I need to stay?
    • You are welcome to stay for as long as you like; and you need not be present at the beginning to join in this special moment of prayer.
  • What do I do while I am there?
    • The short answer is pray. Yet there are so many ways to pray:
      • Bring a bible with you and slowly read a passage allowing the words to sink into your soul;
      • Converse with the Lord, who is so near to you. Tell Jesus about what is happening in your life, your hopes and dreams as well as your need and struggle;
      • Choose a sacred word or phrase like "Jesus," or "Mary," or "Lord Jesus, be merciful to me" or "Lord Jesus, I love you." Repeat the word or phrase in a slow and steady rhythm breathing in and out as you do so. Let the word or phrase rest in your heart. Continue as long as you feel at peace.
      • Bring a rosary and pray the prayers as you meditate on the mysteries of the life of Christ;
      • Or simply look at the tabernacle and enjoy the quiet with a spirit of gratitude and trust in the Lord.
  • When and where will there be Eucharistic Adoration at King's?
    • Wednesday nights, 9:00 PM to 10:00 PM
      • The Rev. Donald Grimes Chapel
      • Holy Cross Hall---12th Floor
    • Friday afternoons, 3:00 PM to 4:30 PM
      • The Chapel of Christ the King
Eucharistic Adoration
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