Friday, July 17, 2009

A Reflection on Eucharistic Adoration


In the True Presence of Christ, I fall to my knees.

I am humbled to be so near Him in the form of the Eucharist.

A feeling of peace and joy comes over me.

I start to pray in earnest because our Lord hears our prayers.

I offer Him my sincerest gratitude for the many blessings in my life.

I ask His forgiveness for the sins I have committed.

I promise our Lord that I will go to Reconciliation soon.

I unburden myself to Him and share all of my stress and anxiety as He asked us to in the Gospel.

I pray for others-family, friends, co-workers and anyone who is struggling or suffering.

I pray for the Church, the Holy Father and our Bishops, Priests and Deacons.

I pray for our country and for our leaders to have moral courage and wisdom.

I pray for a world that will respect all life.

I pray that the Lord will make me a channel for His will today and every day.

Then I stop praying and I listen.

I listen for His voice.

Maybe He will speak to me through the friend I will encounter that day or possibly in the meditation or scripture passage I am reading.

I go to Eucharistic Adoration out of love and devotion and my passionate belief that this prayer time before the Blessed Sacrament is the catalyst for my ongoing renewal and conversion.

Go and spend time with Jesus today…He is waiting for you.


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I'm sure many people have wondered, why go to adoration, and what is adoration? What would I do sitting in a silent church or chapel (silence is golden, in my book!) in front of a piece of "bread" (the Eucharist, or also called the host, which actually IS the body, blood, soul and divinity of Jesus) or a "box" (the tabernacle housing the host)?

Well, the list above gives a good start to those questions. And, from my experience, the rest of your hesitations and questions will be quelled and answered by God in the graces he will so abundantly bestow as you rest in his peace and presence during adoration.

My advice...just go and try it! You will never be the same.

Read the rest of the article I Fall to my Knees: A Reflection on Eucharistic Adoration here.