What is Eucharistic Adoration?
Eucharistic Adoration or Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament is a form of prayer than began centuries ago. The word adoration means ”to pay honour or homage to someone or something.” The same Jesus, whom we receive in the Eucharist at Mass, is who we worship in Adoration.
Adoration is a time to sit face to face with Jesus and deepen and strengthen your relationship with Him.
Adoration is a great form of prayer which will equip us for our lives. Adoration is a time to experience God. During adoration we are sitting face t face with God, the same God who created you, the same God who is always pursuing you and the same God who loves you.
Adoration is a time of healing, so if you’re stressed, if you’re anxious, depressed or not at peace then spending just 5 minutes in adoration will help to heal you.
Time spent with Jesus
‘The time you spend with Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament is the best time you will spend on earth. Each moment that you spend with Jesus will deepen your union with Him and make your soul everlastingly more glorious and beautiful in Heaven, and will help bring about everlasting peace on earth.’
Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta
Adoration at St. Mary of the Angels
As part of our Eucharistic journey during the year of Adoremus, we have been working closely with our school parish to prove opportunities for the children in Key Stage 2 to experience adoration of the Blessed Sacrament in school. Father Keith has been visiting the school to lead children and staff in this act of worship. Classes JK and JL have participated and JN and JI are looking forward to their turn later in the autumn term.
This is what some of our Year 5 & 6 pupils had to say about thier experience -
‘When we were in the room I felt like Jesus was there with us. When Father Keith said we should think of Jesus as our best friend, and that we can tell Him anythimg, I felt I could trust Jesus.’ Sadie
‘I felt that Jesus and Mary were in the room with me and I could see Jesus in my mind. I like that it made me feel that I wasn't alone and that someone is always there for me.’ Hannah
‘I felt calm and back in God's arms again.’ Tony
‘I felt like my secrets weren't secrets anymore.’ Jonathan?
How do I pray during Adoration?
There are many ways to pray during Adoration; however the top suggested way is to just simply sit in silence, say, and do nothing. Think of a visit to the Eucharistic Adoration as coming to see your best friend. Sit quietly and enjoy being in each other's company. Instead of talking to the Lord, try listening to what He wants to tell you.
You could read a short passage from the Bible and think about how it applies to you.
Pray The Rosary. Mary gave us this amazing form of prayer and it is a great way to help us to focus on Jesus during adoration.
Another great and popular method of prayer is to journal, this is simply writing down your prayers in a nice book to look upon later in the year.