"The Church and the world have a great need of eucharistic worship. Jesus waits for us in this sacrament of love. Let us be generous with our time in going to meet Him in adoration..." (St. Pope John Paul II).
When is Adoration?
Eucharistic Adoration at St. Bernard and St. Henry Catholic Churches is offered at the following times:
- Tuesday evenings, 6:30-8:30 p.m. at St. Henry
- Friday mornings, immediately after the 8:15 a.m. Mass until 9:30 a.m. at St. Bernard
- 2nd Friday of each month, 6 p.m. at St. Henry, in Spanish
What is Adoration?
Did you ever wish that you had a “pause” button for life? You know, the ability to pause the really important moments so that you could more fully enjoy them? In a way, Eucharistic Adoration is a “pause button” for the moment in Mass when the priest elevates the host, the Body of Christ. Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament is a form of prayer that began centuries ago. The same Eucharist we receive at Mass is what (or more accurately Who) we worship in Adoration. A consecrated host is displayed in a beautiful sacred vessel called a Monstrance. The word “monstrance” means “to show.” The monstrance allows Christ’s body to be seen and “shown” to us - so that we can be present to God as He is present to us in His Eucharist. It is very important to remember that Adoration is a prayer that flows from the Mass; it does not take the place of Mass. During Adoration, we have the opportunity to come face-to-face with the living God. Like spending time with a close friend, Eucharistic Adoration is about deepening and strengthening our personal relationship with God.
What do I do during Adoration?
When the Blessed Sacrament enters and exits the church, we kneel as a sign of respect. During the rest of the time, feel free to assume a position that will allow you to pray and listen. This is your time to bring your heart, your worries, your joys, your hopes - your entire life - before a God who is madly in love with you. During Adoration focus your heart on Christ. There is no right or wrong way to come before the King, He just wants you to spend time with Him. While we will be worshipping together as a family, this is also a very individual time of prayer.
What if I get distracted?
It happens to all of us. We are trying to pray, but our minds wander in a million different directions. And if you are not familiar with Adoration, even the sights and sounds of this time can be distracting. So what’s a Catholic to do? First, bring yourself back into the moment. Remind yourself Who is before you in the Eucharist. Second, get yourself in a posture and place that will minimize distractions. Third, offer to Christ everything on your mind (even the most random things) and ask Him to give you the grace to enter into this time of prayer. Finally, listen. God has something He wants to tell you...yes, you. Don’t miss it.