What is Eucharistic Adoration? Catholics believe that during the
Mass which we attend each week (for some of us daily), the priest
(during the consecration) speaks these words as he holds the
communion host, "...He took bread and gave you thanks. He broke
the bread, gave it to his disciples, and said: Take this all of you, and
eat it: this is my body which will be given up for you". When the
priest says "this my body", it is at that instant when, through the
miracle of transubstantiation, the bread and wine which we offer as
the bloodless sacrifice to our Lord truly become the Body, Blood ,
Soul and Divinity of Jesus. It is His true Presence in the form of
bread and wine. It is Christ.
Adoration is when the priest takes a consecrated host, such as the one described above, and places it in a monstrance. (monstrance comes from the Latin "monstrare" to show, to expose to view.) The monstrance is then placed in front of the tabernacle (an ornate box which holds the monstrance and any consecrated hosts) or on the altar of the church or chapel for adoration.
What do you actually do during adoration? You may sign up to be an "adorer" which allows you to schedule yourself for one hour per week to pray before the very presence of Our Lord, exposed in the monstrance. It means that you can have some time alone with Jesus to recite your favorite prayers, read the bible, contemplate acts of faith, hope, charity, thanksgiving, reparation, pray a rosary or do whatever type of prayerful devotion that suits you before Our Lord. You can just sit and say nothing simply keeping Him company, just as you would with a dear friend.
Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament is held every Thursday in the church from 9 am to 6:45 pm and on the You are welcome to come at any time during Adoration, but we also are in need of securing regular committed adorers for each hour of Adoration to ensure the Lord is never unattended. If you would like more information or to committ to a time, please email Paula Flowers or call her at 713-962-6128. If you've been on the fence about committing to an hour per week in Eucharistic Adoration, pray about it.