Eucharistic Adoration at the St. Julie Billiart Chapel
Eucharistic Adoration, often just called “Adoration” or “Devotion”, is a devotional practice that has seen a great resurgence in the past decade. In our diocese alone, the number of parishes that have instituted some form of Adoration has grown from one or two in the early ’90’s to over a dozen today.
Adoration is a visit to adore Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament for a period of time. During this time, the Blessed Sacrament is exposed (not locked away) in either a Monstrance or a special type of tabernacle called an “ExpositionTabernacle”.
There are several forms that Adoration can take. At Sacred Heart, Adoration is available Monday through Friday, from 8:30am to 10:00pm.
Reflect for a moment on your desires. All of your desires, save one, can be satisfied with something finite. If I’m hungry, I eat a meal and I’m no longer hungry. If I’m tired, I sleep for eight hours and I’m not longer tired. But there is never a time when I say: “I don’t want any more happiness, I’m happy enough.”
Our desire for happiness is infinite and the one infinite good that can bring us infinite happiness is God. Each and every deep, hidden desire of the human heart can be answered by a a person– Jesus Christ. Spending quality time with him gets these answers. Try it, you’ll like it!
Suppose you have a dear friend who lives in another city. You can think about your friend. You can exchange letters or emails with them. You can call them on the phone or instant message with them. In every one of these cases your dear friend is “present” to you. But none of these ways compare to actually visiting your friend in person. That is when your dear friend is “fully present” to you and you to them. Adoration is visiting your friend Jesus, in person, where he is fully present — body, blood, soul and divinity.
What you do during adoration is completely between you and Jesus. Some prefer contemplative prayer or meditate on spiritual reading material, others to write in their journal, still others just to sit and gaze at Jesus (or a combination of all three).
The tradition of spending one hour with Jesus is derived from the Gospel of Mathew where, while suffering in the Garden of Gethsemane, Jesus asked his disciples “So you could not stay awake with me for even an hour?” (Mt 26:40)
Recall that in his agony, an angel came to comfort Jesus. What could the angel do to provide any comfort? It is a good bet that he showed our Lord the many men and women who have and do spend an hour with him once per week down through history.
The Rite of Eucharistic Exposition and Benediction
Every first Friday of the month in the chapel. The Rite of Eucharistic Exposition and Benediction is an extension of the adoration of the Blessed Sacrament which occurs in every Mass: “Behold the Lamb of God, behold him who takes away the sins of the world. Blessed are those called to the supper of the Lamb.” Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament flows from the sacrifice of the Mass and serves to deepen our hunger for Communion with Christ and the rest of the Church. The Rite concludes with the ordained minister blessing the faithful with the Blessed Sacrament. (USCCB)