Eucharistic Adoration

A Eucharistic Procession was led by Bishop Frank J. Dewane at the Rhodora Donahue Academy in Ave Maria on Oct. 29.

Adoration is the first attitude of man acknowledging that he is a creature before his Creator. It exalts the greatness of the Lord who made us and the almighty power of the Saviour who sets us free from evil. Adoration is homage of the spirit to the “King of Glory,” respectful silence in the presence of the “ever greater” God. Adoration of the thrice-holy and sovereign God of love blends with humility and gives assurance to our supplications.  (Catechism of the Catholic Church, no. 2628)

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The importance of Eucharistic Adoration is shown in the fact that the Church has a ritual that regulates it: the Rite of Eucharistic Exposition and Benediction. This 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.”

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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.

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Holy hours are the Roman Catholic devotional tradition of spending an hour in Eucharistic Adoration in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament. The bishops have created a variety of holy hours that focus our prayer to Jesus Christ on peace, life, vocations, and other topics that are at the heart of the life of the Church and the world.

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Sample Holy Hours (USCCB):

A Holy Hour for Healing
A Holy Hour for Life
A Holy Hour for Life: Prayers Before the Blessed Sacrament for the Gospel of Life
Adoration and Holy Hours
Eucharistic Holy Hour for Divine Mercy Sunday
Eucharistic Holy Hour for Divine Mercy Sunday With Notes and Quotes
Eucharistic Holy Hour for Life, Marriage, and Religious Liberty 2
Eucharistic Holy Hour for Life, Marriage, and Religious Liberty: Dates
Holy Hour for Life and Liberty
Holy Hour for Life and Liberty
Holy Hour for Life Marriage and Liberty 3
Holy Hour for Life Marriage and Liberty SPA2
Holy Hour for Life, Marriage, and Religious Liberty
Holy Hour for Peace
Holy Hour for Reparation and Healing
Holy Hour for Reparation and Healing for the Anniversary of Roe v. Wade
Holy Hour for Reparation and Healing in the 40th Anniversary Year of Roe v. Wade PDF
Holy Hour for Reparation Mercy and Healing for Sins Against Human Life
Holy Hour for Vocations
Holy Hour for Vocations with Priest
Holy Hour for Vocations Without Priest
Holy Hour in Honor of St Paul the Apostle
Holy Hours
Holy Hours for Life
Spanish Holy Hour for Life, Marriage, and Religious Libertypope-adoration