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 cancelled 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 not held if a Mass is being said in the Church; this includes all weekday Masses, Funerals, and special Masses for outside group. 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?
Yes, you can read! If you would like additional reading material during your Holy Hour there are books and pamphlets in the Chapel and on a table in the Chapel vestibule. Please return them to the appropriate table when you leave.
4. Help, I Need A Substitute, What Do I Do?
No worries. Please just give us a call at 610-434-2594 or email if you are unable to attend your scheduled Holy Hour. Just allow us enough time to fill the 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, according to the Church rubrics.
If your time allows, consult the schedule posted outside of the chapel and give us a call at 610-434-2594. We will let you know if that person is on the way, please wait until they arrive, or if they cannot be reached by phone, consider staying through that hour until the next person arrives. If you must leave promptly at the conclusion of your hour, and no one has arrived to cover the next hour, contact us at 610-434-2594 and let us know the situation. The reason we are eager to have two adorers per hour is to eliminate the possibility of having the Eucharist unattended. Going forward, get to know your adoration partners within your hour and adjacent hours.
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 rubrics 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.