As we begin Lent this week I’m sure many of us are considering what Lenten practices we are considering this Lent regarding fasting, alms-giving, and prayer. One suggestion you might consider regarding prayer is Eucharistic Adoration.
St. Joseph parish has Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament Monday thru Thursday from the end of the morning Mass until the beginning of the Noon Mass. The church is also open until the evening and the Eucharist is present in the tabernacle for adoration. This is an opportunity to be present with Christ in a more physical way then we can be other times as Christ has given us the privilege of his real presence in the Eucharist. While we can pray to Him at any time and anywhere, coming to visit Him in the church takes advantage of this gift in the same way visiting a friend or family member does as opposed to just calling, texting or e-mailing. We know that difference matters to us, and we know that difference matters to them.
As with most things worthwhile in our lives, this takes an effort. That can especially seem difficult when we start such a practice. We can be caught up in thinking of the other things we feel we could or should be doing, and even though we are physically present with Christ, our minds are miles away. But that is a start. Eventually we will hopefully be able to slow down a little and relax. Realize the gift we are making to Christ in our visit, but also the gift that we are receiving in His presence and a moment of rest from many demands in our lives.
What do you do during Eucharistic Adoration? You can simply be there in quiet prayer, you might desire to pray the rosary, you might want to read over and reflect on different books of the Bible or daily readings from Mass, or have some other religious reading that you could do, or you could just be there silent in Christ’s presence. I am attaching a few different on-line references that may help give you some different perspectives and practices for Eucharistic Adoration: http://www.catholic-church.org/kuwait/eucharistic_adoration.htm This text gives a straight forward description of Eucharistic Adoration in a bit longer version then I have space for here. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X4KUk_bFlTk&vl=en (Bishop Barron comments on Eucharistic Adoration) (6:28) This video provides historical examples of those who practiced Adoration. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Fy7nrWGy8w (What is the point of Eucharistic Adoration?) (4:37) This video discusses a few simple questions people have about Adoration. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LwwiIkrLxTM (Fr. Mike Schmitz: “The Hour that will Change Your Life”| SEEK2015) (45:48) This video is much longer and is a talk given in preparation for Eucharistic Adoration at a retreat for college students, a little more animated then the others. https://vimeo.com/292133920 A slightly calmer one from a local parish inviting people to Eucharistic Adoration (4:23) If you choose this practice during Lent, by the end you might consider signing up for a regular time to be present for our Eucharistic Exposition. Have a fruitful Lent.