Eucharistic Adoration Explained
After the sacrifice of the Mass, the presence of Jesus in the Eucharist (in the consecrated bread) continues. Jesus in his sacramental body and blood remains. That is why Eucharistic Adoration is important.
Eucharistic Adoration is the worshiping of Christ present in the Blessed Sacrament. The Blessed Sacrament is placed in a vessel called a monstrance and placed on the altar for viewing.
Pope John Paul says this: "The Church and the world have a great need of Eucharistic worship". He prays that perpetual exposition and and adoration of the Eucharist would be established in every Catholic Church throughout the world.
You come to worship and to visit with Jesus. You can tell him your problems, your needs and concerns, your joys. For many the time they spend each week with Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament is the most peaceful, the most satisfying time of their whole week.
If you can accept the possibility of the real presence, then come and experience the reality through Eucharistic adoration. If this belief of our faith is true, why not take time to experience the reality of being with the Lord in this special and unique way.
Benefits that parishes have experienced from the practice of regular Eucharistic Adoration include: growth of spirit and spiritual life in the parish; stronger marriages and happier families; increase in vocations; increase in Mass attendance.
Liturgical Form for Eucharistic Adoration
The general liturgical form of Eucharistic adoration consists in:
- Adoration (worship and prayer)
These terms are defined below:
Exposition. The ceremony in which a priest (or deacon) removes the Sacred Host from the tabernacle and places it in the monstrance for adoration. A song, incensing of the Blessed Sacrament, and an opening prayer (e.g., a litany of the Sacred Heart) are generally part of the ceremony.
Benediction. A Eucharistic devotion in which those gathered are blessed with the Blessed Sacrament. A priest, vested in alb, stole, and cope first incenses the Blessed Sacrament. A benediction song (e.g., Tantum Ergo) is usually sung during the incensation. A prayer is then said prior to the blessing. Following the prayer, a “humeral veil” is placed around the priest’s shoulder. With the humeral veil covering his hands, the priest goes to altar, picks up the monstrance and blesses the people with the raised monstrance in the form of a cross. After the blessing, the Blessed Sacrament is placed in the tabernacle. The Divine Praises are sung or recited (or a suitable song is song)
Reposition. The placing of the Blessed Sacrament back into the tabernacle.
Guidelines for Eucharistic Adoration
- Maintain an absolute quiet when entering and leaving the church / chapel during adoration.
- Genuflect one knee (or bow if unable to genuflect) when entering and then when leaving.
- Spend the time of adoration praying, contemplating, worshipping, or doing spiritual reading.
- Kneel during Exposition (when the tabernacle is opened) and Benediction (when the priest kneels).