What is Catholic Adoration?
Catholics believe that Jesus did something very remarkable at the Last Supper. “While they were eating, Jesus took bread, said the blessing, broke it, and giving it to his disciples said, “Take and eat; this is my body.”(Mt 26:26) – Jesus then commanded his disciples to “do this in memory of me” (Lk 22:19, 1 Cor 11:24). Jesus tells his followers that “my body is true food, and my blood true drink” and that to have eternal life, we must eat of this meal (Jn 6:53-55).
We believe that Jesus is present in a very special and unique way in the bread at the Last Supper and that he intended for his Apostles to continue to allow him to be present in that way for followers after his death and resurrection.
Since the time of the Apostles, the church has ordained Priests to, through the power of the Holy Spirit, again bring Jesus in a unique and special way, to his followers. We believe that Jesus is truly present in the bread, which we call Eucharist (which means thanksgiving).
While God is present all around us in this world, we believe he is present in a unique way in the Eucharist. While water is present all around us in the air, we need to go to a well or fountain to be nourished. For Catholics, the Eucharist is that well.
What should I do during Adoration?
In Adoration we are invited first to listen to our Lord. Our world is busy and noisy. Adoration invites us to be still and quiet. Spend a few minutes just sitting quietly. Open your heart to the quiet.
Many people pray. They bring their thoughts to God. Tell God what is difficult or stressing you right now. Share with him your burdens, your worries, your doubts and sadness. Allow him to hear your hurt and give him the space to comfort you.
Share with God your blessings. The people who enrich your life, the gifts you have been given. Share your hopes and dreams and desires. Talk with him like an old friend, a trusted mentor, or a beloved grandparent.
There are also a variety of devotionals, prayers, as well as bibles to use for reflection. If you are unsure of what to do, just ask someone. Don’t be afraid to ask someone to teach you how to pray.
Adoration will be on the Drillfield from 1 pm on Tuesday to 11 am on Wednesday.