Eucharistic Adoration is the respect and worship we give to Jesus Christ, who is truly present to us under the appearance of the Eucharist in the monstrance. The Eucharist is a priceless treasure. Outside of Mass we make contact with the very wellspring of grace through Eucharistic Adoration. Since Christ himself is present in the sacrament of the altar, He is to be honored with worship and adoration. “To visit the Blessed Sacrament is . . . a proof of gratitude, an expression of love, and a duty of adoration toward Christ our Lord.”[CCC 1418] Eucharistic Adoration draws us more deeply into the mystery of Christ’s Real Presence in the Holy Eucharist and allows us to strengthen our relationship with Jesus Christ by expressing our love, gratitude, and respect for Christ our Lord.
Adoration Guardian Responsibilities
To make sure exposition of Our Lord can safely take place, there is a need to make sure that at least one Adoration Guardian, preferably two or three, are with our Lord at all times. Eucharistic Adoration Guardians make a commitment of regular visits each week for their same hour(s) and allow others to visit that cannot make such a commitment. Adoration Guardians are responsible to keep their scheduled hour(s) covered each week. If they are unable to attend their scheduled hour(s), they are required to find a replacement Adoration Guardian. A list of substitutes is available to Adoration Guardians.
Frequently Asked Questions
What are some of the purposes of Eucharistic Adoration?
- To draw us more deeply into the mystery of Christ’s Real Presence in the Holy Eucharist.
- To strengthen our relationship with Jesus Christ.
- To express our love, gratitude, and respect for Christ our Lord.
- To enjoy a calm hour with Our Lord.
What are some of the benefits of Eucharistic Adoration? Here are a few quotes:
- “Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament consoles a soul far beyond what the world can offer.” -St. Alphonsus Ligouri
- “The spiritual lives of our families are strengthened through our Holy Hour.” -St. John Paul II
- “The only time our Lord asked the Apostles for anything was the night He went into agony. Not for activity did He plead but for an Hour of companionship.” – Archbishop Fulton Sheen
- “The love of God and neighbor, the greatest commandment, is expressed in, and the fruit of, Eucharistic worship.” – St. John Paul II
Who may participate?
Anyone can visit Our Lord. To help maintain a prayerful, reverent environment, adults are strongly encouraged to accompany any children in their care.
What training is needed?
No formal training is required but quiet, reverent behavior is needed to allow others for close communication with Our Lord. Entry and exit from the area is usually done with kneeling on both knees (preferred), a one knee genuflection, or a reverent bow (for those with bad knee(s)) in the direction towards Our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament.
When is Eucharistic Adoration available?
You can always come adore Jesus reserved in the tabernacle while the church is open. Please visit the Eucharistic Adoration Guardian Schedule page to see the scheduled times for exposition of the Blessed Sacrament for adoration.
How many Eucharistic Adoration Guardians are needed while the Eucharist is exposed?
At least one Eucharistic Adoration Guardian, and preferably two or more, are needed for each hour that Jesus is exposed in the monstrance to ensure proper coverage.
What is required of a Eucharistic Adoration Guardian?
Each Adoration Guardian selects one hour or more during the week. They promise to keep this same hour(s) covered each week with Our Lord. IF they are unable to attend their hour(s), they are required to find a replacement Adoration Guardian. A substitute list of Adoration Guardians is available.
What about security and restrooms?
Doors will be locked for late night hours to keep Guardians safe. Please use the single door by the outside Chapel stairs to gain entry. Restrooms are available just outside the Chapel but should not be used unless at least one other person remains with Our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament.
Which hour should I choose?
You should choose an hour that realistically fits into your schedule. The time from 12 AM to 6 AM is the greatest sacrifice for many, but the rewards are even greater as God knows this. We are always looking for Adoration Guardians and substitutes for these quieter times.
To sign up online please complete the Sign-up Form.
What do I do at Eucharistic Adoration? Here are some suggestions:
- Pray the Rosary, the Divine Mercy Chaplet, the Psalms or the Liturgy of the Hours.
- Say “Lord Jesus, have mercy on me, a sinner”, repeatedly as you quiet your heart and mind.
- Meditate using Scripture.
- Read meaningful Catholic books.
- Study Catholic Apologetics.
- Pour out your heart to Christ and adore Him.
- Speak to Jesus, aware that you are in His presence, and tell Him all that comes to your mind.
- Listen to Jesus.
- Ask for forgiveness and intercede for others.
- Sit quietly and just “be” in the presence of God.
- Write in your spiritual journal.