“Behold I am with you always, until the end of the age” (Matt 28:20). Eucharistic Adoration is a continuation of the communal worship of the Mass. Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament is an opportunity to come before Jesus physically present in the consecrated Host.
Adoration is a personal act of faith in this Presence, an act of love for the God who loved us even unto death on a cross. It is sitting before the Lord as the early disciples did, to listen to him, to learn his will for us, to allow our hearts to be transformed. It is placing ourselves and our loved ones before the radiance of his peaceful gaze to experience his healing, strengthening presence.
An hour spent in the presence of Jesus, praying directly before him, is truly a Holy Hour, a powerful means for advancing along the road to wholeness…to holiness. The more we allow him access to our hearts, the more he can transform our lives, no matter what our situations or circumstances.
For Catechetical Sunday in 2011, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops released a beautiful meditation on "The Saints and Eucharistic Devotion." It talks about the great love Eucharistic Adoration shared by many saints and tells us that "prayerful participation in the Mass needs the support of eucharistic devotional prayer to keep alive the continuing relationship with Christ."
During the Hour
A Holy Hour with Jesus may be spent praying familiar prayers, saying the Rosary, reading Scripture or spiritual books. We may be too weary to do any of these, and simply want to sit in his Presence and receive his love and peace.
Some people experience painful memories of hurt or past sins when they have been in adoration for awhile. This is a sign that the Lord is doing some deep purifying and healing. As our sins are made known to us, Jesus invites us to come to him in the Sacrament of Penance to be reconciled with the Father through the Spirit of Love.
Finally, it is natural to become tired, distracted or even bored during an hour of prayer. Yet every time that we find ourselves distracted and then turn our attention back to him, we make an act of love. Remember the first three friends Jesus invited to come and spend an hour with him? They fell asleep! Yet he built the Church upon their response to his mystery and presence.
In Our Lady's Chapel
St. John’s is blessed to offer parishioners and friends the opportunity to adore Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament 24 hours a day in Our Lady’s Chapel.
The Adoration Chapel will be locked from 5PM to 6AM every day. If you have had difficulty in gaining access, please contact the rectory during the week between 9AM and 4PM, and someone will be glad to help you learn how to open the lock.
For more information on Adoration at St. John's, contact John and Maria Capobianco, 301-622-5821.