I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never hunger, and whoever believes in me will never thirst. John 6:35
Weekly Adoration at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church
WHAT IS ADORATION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT?
Adoration is a quiet time spent in prayer before Jesus, present in the Eucharist. A Consecrated Host is placed in the center of a sacred vessel called a Monstrance. The word Monstrance means “to show.” During Adoration, the Monstrance is set on the altar for all to see.
WHY DO ADORATION?
We can show our adoration to God in many ways. In Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, we spend time adoring the true presence of Christ in the Eucharist. It places your soul in the direct presence of Jesus Christ in the trust that he will act if we leave the door open with the merest crack. All it requires is our ability to sit down.
The time you spend with Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament is the best time that you will spend on earth. Each moment that you spend with Jesus will deepen your union with Him and make your soul everlastingly more glorious and beautiful in heaven, and will help bring about an everlasting peace on earth.” – St. Teresa of Calcutta
HOW SHOULD I DO DURING ADORATION?
Of course, you are welcome to say your own prayers during Adoration. Here are just a few examples of Adoration prayers when you come for a visit with Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament.
Prayer of Adoration
I adore you Jesus, true God, and true man, present in the Holy Eucharist, kneeling before you and united in spirit with all the faithful on earth and all the saints in heaven. In gratitude for so great a blessing, I love you with all my heart, for you are worthy of all praise and adoration. Lord Jesus Christ, may I never offend you with my lack of love. May your Eucharistic presence refresh me in body and soul. Mary, Mother of the Eucharistic Lord, pray for me and obtain for me a greater love for Jesus. Amen.
Prayer to Jesus in the Holy Eucharist
My Lord Jesus Christ, Your Eucharistic presence teaches me how to love as you have loved me. In your great love for me you continue to give yourself, body, blood, soul, and divinity in this sacrament of your love. As I pray here in your Eucharistic presence, enkindle in me the fire of your gospel. Nourish me with your love and compassion, so that I may be your living presence to all I meet. Amen.
Going Forth (could be prayed before you leave)
Lord Jesus Christ, I have spent this time of adoration and prayer in your Eucharistic presence. Fill my life with love, joy, peace, and kindness. Transform me by the power of the Holy Spirit into a living image of your compassionate presence. May I go forth from this hour of adoration and prayer to be your hands, feet, and heart to all those I meet. Risen Jesus, may I be surrounded by the radiance of your love. Amen.
Jesus awaits us in this sacrament of love. Let us not refuse the time to go to meet him in adoration, in contemplation full of faith, and open to making amends for the serious offenses and crimes of the world. Let our adoration never cease. — Saint Pope John Paul II