Eucharistic Adoration is the adoration of Jesus Christ present in the Holy Eucharist. Christ’s great love for us was shown when he was crucified on the cross to pay the penalty for our sins and give us eternal life. He loves us without limit, and offers Himself to us in the Holy sacrament of the Eucharist.
During Eucharistic Adoration, we “watch and wait”, we remain “silent” in His Presence and open ourselves to His Graces which flow from the Eucharist … By worshiping the Eucharistic Jesus, we become what God wants us to be! Like a magnet, The Lord draws us to Himself and gently transforms us.
Jesus waits for us in the Blessed Sacrament. He waits for our little Acts of faith, adoration, love, thanksgiving, repentance, reparation and charity that we can offer Him as we contemplate — His Divine Majesty — in the Blessed Sacrament.
St. Alphonsus Liguori wrote: “Of all devotions, that of adoring Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament is the greatest after the Sacraments, the one dearest to God and the one most helpful to us”. The Eucharist is a priceless treasure: By not only celebrating the Eucharist, but also by praying before It outside of Mass, we are enabled to make contact with the very wellsprings of Grace …”
The Holy Family Adoration Chapel at St. Joseph’s is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. It is located in the back of the main church, connected to the cry room. Everyone is invited and encouraged to come at any time to spend time with Jesus, present in the tabernacle. Every Wednesday, following 8:30 am Mass, exposition begins in the chapel until 5:00 pm when the Blessed Sacrament is moved to the main church. At 7:30 pm, a Holy Hour of Adoration, Benediction and Praise is held. It consists of song, reflection and periods of silent meditation.
Each Wednesday offers a little different Holy Hour with the following schedule:
- 1st Wednesday of the month: Rosary for Life
- 2nd Wednesday of the month: Holy Hour with music and reflections
- 3rd Wednesday of the month: “Encounter” sponsored by the Youth Group
- 4th Wednesday of the month: Holy Hour with music and reflections
- 5th Wednesday of the month: Holy Hour in Spanish
The Hour closes with Benediction and exposition continues in the chapel until 6:15 am Thursday morning. All are invited to come and gaze upon the face of the Lord who awaits you.
Anyone who wishes to commit to a weekly hour of adoration on Wednesday may contact the coordinator, Joan Feise at 636-391-9747.
For articles on adoration, what to do during adoration, and formats for your holy hour, see The Real Presence Eucharistic Education and Adoration Association.