Eucharistic Adoration - frequently asked questions
1. Why should I go to adoration?
To deepen your personal relationship with Jesus and grow in faith, hope and love. St. Peter Julian Eymard said that every time you look at Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament your place in heaven is raised. Besides that future goal, right now, here on earth Jesus will give you His peace within you as you spend time with Him. Just as you can’t be exposed to the sun without receiving its rays, neither can you come into the light and presence of Jesus without receiving divine rays of His grace, love and peace.
2. Is adoration ever cancelled?
If, due to inclement weather, the area schools are closed for the day, adoration is also cancelled. Please watch or listen to local news broadcasts for updates (channel 69 news or wfmz.com weather and school closings). Those affected by the cancellation will be called.
Adoration is also cancelled if any activity is taking place in the Church that interferes with the quiet needed for Eucharistic Adoration. Those affected will be called.
3. Can I bring Reading Material with me to Adoration?
You can read! Bring whatever religious materials you would like to spend time with in front of Jesus. There is a Bible and often you might run across other options in the rear of the chapel.
4. Help, I Need A Substitute, What Do I Do?
Contact the person in charge of your adoration day. You will be provided with this contact information when you commit to a particular hour.
5. What do I do during my hour?
You may spend the time with Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament any way you want. You may bring prayer books, read the Bible, pray the Rosary, or just sit, relax and enjoy the peace that comes from being in His Presence. You may feel you can’t pray well. Don’t let this discourage you. The fact that you came to spend time with Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament pleases Him very much, and is in itself a prayer of faith.
6. Who can come?
Everyone is welcome to come before Our Lord Jesus Christ during Eucharistic Adoration. Bring your children, they are our future adorers. Jesus said: “Let the children come to Me, and do not hinder them; for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven.” (Mt19:14) Invite family members, neighbors, and friends to join you. Your joy with the Lord may be what others are looking for.
“You have made us for Yourself O Lord and our hearts are restless until they rest in Thee.” (St. Augustine)
7. What if no one arrives to cover the next hour?
Someone has to be present at all times when the Blessed Sacrament is exposed. If you can not stay, please call your captain (information provided upon commitment to adore).
8. When I enter and leave the chapel and the Eucharist is exposed, should I bow or genuflect?
There are many ways to be reverent and the proper etiquette for the occasion is to genuflect on one knee as you enter or leave the presence of the Holy Eucharist, just as you would when you come to Church for Mass.
9. Do I have to sign in?
We ask all adorers to sign in and out in the binder located on the table in the Chapel vestibule.