Eucharistic adoration is a practice in the Roman Catholic Church in which the Blessed Sacrament is exposed to and adored by the faithful. Adoration is a sign of devotion to and worship of Jesus Christ, who is believed to be present Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity, under the appearance of the consecrated host.
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 such belongs the kingdom of heaven.” (Mt 19:14) Invite family, neighbors and friends to join you. Your joy with the Lord may be what others are looking for.
Adoration is worship called forth by God, and given exclusively to Him as God. It is designated by the Greek name latreia (Latinized, latria), for which the best translation that our language affords is the word Adoration.
Eucharistic Adoration is different from other acts of worship, such as supplication, confession of sin, etc., inasmuch as it formally consists in self-abasement before the Infinite, and in devout recognition of God’s transcendent excellence.
A “Holy Hour” is an hour dedicated to Adoration. The one necessary thing is to be present, to be available, in the presence of the Eucharist. The Eucharist contains and expresses all forms of prayer: it is “the pure offering” of the whole Body of Christ to the glory of God’s name and according to the traditions of East and West, it is THE “sacrifice of praise.” CCC2643
There are many ways to practice being present. The Benedictines suggest a simple orderly approach and have published this printable PDF as a starting point.
If you are of high school age, here is a nice beginners guide for teens from our friends at Life Teen.
Very Simply: Let the Holy Spirit guide you. This is your personal time with Jesus. There are no set prayers. After entering church, genuflect on one knee or two, if you cannot genuflect, a simple bow. You may offer a prayer of Adoration to begin your Holy Hour. You may sit or kneel. Spend this time contemplating that you are in the presence of God. You can read available spiritual books, pray the rosary or spend time just talking with Jesus. What is a “Committed Adorer”? Committed Adorers commit to one specific hour of adoration.
On the first Friday of each month St. Clement’s Spiritual Outreach sponsors and organizes a special Night period of Eucharistic Adoration in the Church. Typically it starts 7pm with Mass and confessions, and next morning ends with benediction and Mass at 8am.
“The fruit of Silence is prayer, the fruit of prayer is love, the fruit of love is service, the fruit of service is peace.”
-St. Teresa of Calcutta