Understood simply, Eucharistic Adoration is adoring or honoring the Eucharistic Presence of Christ. In a deeper sense, it involves "the contemplation of the Mystery of Christ truly present before us". Like a magnet, The Lord draws us to Himself and gently transforms us.In its fullest essence ... Eucharistic Adoration is "God and Man reaching out for each other, at the same time!"
- Just as in the Eucharist, Jesus is fully and really present in the adored Host, and all the hosts of heaven accompany Him to our altar. In His physical presence, He fulfills His promise to "be with you always even to the end of the world".
- Day and night Jesus dwells in the Blessed Sacrament, inside the Tabernacle, because of His Infinite love for us! As Papa John Paul ll put it, “It is pleasant to spend time with Him, to lie close to His breast like the Beloved Disciple and to feel the infinite love present in His heart". If you have labored and are heavy laden, He invites you to spend time with Him in restful Adoration. We know that love will be nurtured and nourished by intimacy, closeness, or regular adoring contact; our adoration of Him will increase our love for Him.
- Community: What should the Eucharistic presence mean to believers in terms of their membership in the Church and, going even further, as members of the human family, the children of God? The Eucharist and Eucharistic Adoration are the central reality which brings us together as members of Christ. We are invited to the table of the Lord to share as a family in the Bread of Life. One can mistakenly think that this act of worship pertains only to the spiritual life of the individual, but it pertains to the whole community of His Church. We do not pray to Christ in the Eucharist "alone with the Alone," Eucharistic adoration is best understood as an extension of our common thanksgiving after the Mass. We are one Body in Eucharist and in Eucharistic Adoration.
- Just as Mary is not worshipped in the Catholic Church, neither is she adored. Worship and adoration are reserved for the Diety, and Mary is not Diety. However, she is Mother of God, and so is deeply honored in the Church.
Some preparatory questions:
- Am I really and generously concerned about the spiritual and physical welfare of others? Or is my concern of a perfunctory fulfilling of the obligation on a hit and miss basis? In particular, do I have a charitable and understanding attitude toward my family and close associates?
- When coming to and returning from adoration, do I give a special Christian response to those I meet, especially my fellow Eucharistic adorers?
- When I spend time before the Blessed Sacrament, do I sincerely pray for the world, for those who misunderstand me, and even for my enemies, and the enemies of the Church and religious freedom?
- Would anyone ever say of me, or us, what the pagans said of the early disciples of Jesus, "See how they love one another"?
- During group activities, liturgical or even social, connected with the parish or the group of Eucharistic adorers, do I attend in a cheerful way, showing real friendliness and charity?