March 6, 2017 at 11:10 pm #21372
I hope I plugged this post in the right category. I have been trying to learn about Eucharistic Adoration. You can probably say that God is encouraging me to pursue it. I have talked with a friend at church who basically keeps up the the scheduling of it ( making sure there is someone every hour. I have looked a little online and I got a book “Manual for Eucharistic Adoration” put together by the Saint Joseph Adoration Monastery.
I am moved to go and intend to within the first 2 weeks of Lent. I am limited by work hours and time constraint commitments, but I intend to go.
This is a new concept to me. I didn’t know anything about it until we came back to the Church a couple of years ago. Is this something that is being encouraged more. I never heard of it growing up in the Church or from friends who were Catholic. And then there is the “Protestant brainwashing” in me that says you don’t have to go to a special place to be with Jesus.
So what I am asking is if any of you who be willing to share your experiences or insight about this.
Thank you!March 7, 2017 at 2:20 am #21379
David W. EmeryKeymaster@David W. Emery
Is this something that is being encouraged more. I never heard of it growing up in the Church or from friends who were Catholic.
I suggest that you acquire a book by Fr. Benedict Groeschel and James Monti called In the Presence of Our Lord: The History, Theology and Psychology of Eucharistic Devotion. The authors show that Eucharistic devotion goes all the way back to the early centuries of the Church. And they provide a solid spiritual basis for the devotion.
I recall the beautiful service of Eucharistic Benediction that I delighted to attend as a new Catholic (1960s). It fell out of favor in the 70s and 80s but is making a comeback over the past decade. I have also participated in regular Eucharistic Adoration since it was established locally in 2002. My experience in praying before the Monstrance has kept me true to my calling, in every sense of the word.
And then there is the “Protestant brainwashing” in me that says you don’t have to go to a special place to be with Jesus.
Catholics, however, believe that Jesus is present in a special way in the Eucharistic elements. Yes, He is present everywhere; I just finished posting a reply to someone asking whether Jesus is really omnipresent, and I answered in the affirmative. That said, the Eucharist is something beyond this omnipresence. He is present in His Incarnate Self in the Sacrament of the Altar, just as truly as He was present to the disciples when He walked the earth and preached to the multitudes.
DavidMarch 7, 2017 at 3:11 am #21381
Catholics, however, believe that Jesus is present in a special way in the Eucharistic elements.
True that. I remember many of the Communion services we went to in Protestant churches were more like a quick memorial service. Not at all the same. Yes, I had just caught up on the posts you were referring to. Interesting.
I have put that book you suggested on my list. I am working on two right now. I don’t want to overwhelm myself! 😉 Thank you!March 7, 2017 at 5:17 pm #21384
My 11 yr old daughter and I attend most every week for the Eucharistic Benediction service (and rosary prior to that). It is the only time we can go, but it is a great time of humbling ourselves before our Lord. For me, that is the key – it is a time and place to pray in silence before Him reverently, and be humbled by the knowledge that He is there.
Our Protestant training that Jesus is always with us is accurate, as David said, but it lacks that one element – the humility that we feel in the presence of an authority figure (Christ in this case of course). It is easy to become complacent in the former scenario, but less so when we are “face to face” with our Lord weekly. Adoration builds on what we experience in the Mass and reinforces our encounter with and commitment to Christ.March 8, 2017 at 2:56 am #21391
Thank you for sharing that, Dedric! I spoke with the person who coordinates the Eucharistic Adoration at our church. She basically tries to make sure all the hours are covered and lets people know if there is on empty hour. She said some people bring their families there.March 9, 2017 at 1:48 pm #21398
OK I was doing morning prayers and devotionals and reading today’s reading in the Magnificat Lenten Companion. Here is what is says. Do you think God is giving me a bit of encouragement. 😉
From The Magnificat Lenten Companion
Asking at Adoration I had not heard from the young woman in over two years, but she unexpectedly texted me one morning and asked if we could talk. She told me she was going through a tough time and felt like she was in a “dark place.”She had been going to her mother’s evangelical church, but was not finding any peace there. Could I recommend somewhere else? Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. I told her that I was going up to my parish’s Adoration chapel that evening and invited her to come along. Although I knew she had never encountered Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament before, I was certain she would be moved by that experience of wonder. We sat in complete silence for over two hours. At one point, I asked if she was ready to leave, and she just shook her head no. It was just the two of us in the chapel, and she could have initiated some quiet conversation with me about her troubles. But my young friend clearly sensed the far more intimate presence of Someone else there who knew her without words. When she was finally ready to leave, she whispered: “I will definitely come back here.”And so she has.
Reflection based on Matthew 7: 7-12
MARY BETH NEWKUMET
Loving Father, help me to grow in wonder at the real presence of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament. Through the work of your Spirit of Love, help me to ask him, seek him, and knock at the door of his Heart daily with the confidence of a child.
Today’s suggested penance: Pray with special insistence for the most pressing petitions in you life.March 12, 2017 at 5:02 pm #21416
I adore Eucharistic Adoration. It is probably the single most compelling spiritual connection I have to Catholicism. The first time I experienced it was a bit like sitting near a nuclear reactor – His presence was palpable and I left almost convinced I was glowing! The RCIA course I went on had Adoration before Mass before the meeting and I made a special effort to get there even though it was very inconvenient. I sat with Jesus quietly and opened my heart to him. At times my mind wandered, but I was always able to bring back my concentration by looking at Him in the monstrance and quietly whispering “He’s really here”. Sometimes I would feel Him say something to my heart, things that were sometimes challenging, sometimes comforting. Mostly I just sat in His presence and felt loved. Adoration is a beautiful thing.March 12, 2017 at 5:09 pm #21417
David W. EmeryKeymaster@David W. Emery
My experience has been similar to yours, Elizabeth. Sometimes I imagine rays of grace emanating from that host in the monstrance.September 1, 2017 at 4:55 pm #23642
I may have recounted this elsewhere, but I believe the reason I felt drawn to return to a small Catholic hospital chapel again and again–even years before I dreamed about pursuing the Church–was the Presence of Our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament. I had no idea why that place filled me with such profound peace. The chapel has changed location; it was more like a grotto before and though it is now a very beautiful, light-filled space, personally I feel it’s lost a bit of its charm and draw. However about the time the new chapel was built was when I began attending Mass and Adoration more regularly, so perhaps that’s it–my experience with the Blessed Sacrament has expanded and isn’t so rare.
I find it very interesting that at times I wish I didn’t have to work–not so I could sit around and do what I wanted, but so I could do like Tevye says in “Fiddler on the Roof,” how studying the holy things of God all day would be the ‘sweetest thing of all.’ I’d spend many hours in Adoration if I could! However God in His wisdom has not permitted that, so He must want for me to not only spend time in Adoration but to take His Gospel to the world.September 16, 2017 at 5:49 am #23775
The first time I experienced it was a bit like sitting near a nuclear reactor – His presence was palpable and I left almost convinced I was glowing!
My first time at Adoration was a huge step in my journey, too. Although I, as an Anglo-Catholic, had a basic belief in the Real Presence, nothing I’d experienced in my own tradition could compare with the feeling I felt gazing upon the monstrance that day. Christ was there: he met me face to face. St Francis de Sales links the Real Presence under the appearance of bread and wine with this beautiful image from the Song of Solomon: “My beloved […] looketh forth at the windows, shewing himself through the lattice.” (II. ix)
I do not think it an exaggeration to say that it was that day that Jesus stopped being an idea, and truly became a person to me. It is almost too wonderful to express.
The Virgin adoring the Host, Ingres, 1852
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