Eucharistic Adoration

Eucharistic Adoration

Eucharistic Adoration

Catholics believe that during the Mass which we attend each week, the priest (during the consecration) speaks these words as he holds the communion host, “…He took bread and gave you thanks. He broke the bread, gave it to his disciples, and said: Take this all of you, and eat it: this is my body which will be given up for you”.

When the priest says “this my body”, it is at that instant, through the miracle of transubstantiation, the bread and wine we offer as the bloodless sacrifice to our Lord truly becomes the Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Jesus. It is His true Presence in the form of bread and wine. It is Christ.

Adoration is when the priest takes a consecrated host, and places it in a monstrance (monstrance comes from the Latin “monstrare” to show, to expose.) The monstrance is then placed in front of the tabernacle (an ornate box which holds the monstrance and any consecrated hosts) or on the altar of the church for adoration.

What do you actually do during adoration? You may sign up to be an “adorer” which allows you to schedule yourself for one or more hours to pray before the very presence of Our Lord, exposed in the monstrance. It means that you can have some time alone with Jesus to recite your favorite prayers or you can just sit and say nothing simply keeping Him company, just as you would with a dear friend.

At Sts. Peter and Paul you are offered this opportunity on the first Friday of each month following the 8 a.m. morning Mass.