Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament
In the Catholic tradition, adoration is a powerful and deeply transformative and restorative way to encounter our Living God. The Catholic Church proclaims that a miracle occurs each Mass, that Christ our Lord becomes physically present in the bread and wine offered as the Holy Eucharist. The belief in the power of adoration springs from this belief. When the priest consecrates the bread and wine (meaning these become the body and blood of Jesus), these hosts are truly the body of Christ. Some of these hosts are stored in our church's tabernacle.
During adoration, following a form of prayer from our Church, the priest reveals the consecrated host for all of the faithful to come and worship, or adore, before. This form a prayer is a way for individuals to pray before God, physically present in the host before us. For many, it can be an extremely powerful and moving experience. Adoration is often conducted in silence, and the deliberate time of silence can also be a meaningful and important way to know God's peace.
Adoration is offered each week on Thursdays, from 12:00 noon to 8:00 p.m. Solemn prayers of blessing begin and end this experience, and those gathered at noon or 8:00 p.m. are welcome to pray these. Our Church offers booklets on praying a holy hour, with different recommendations for making the most of this prayer experience. These are available inside in the gathering space, that area found immediately entering the Church, before the pews and main nave, etc. Please check the weekly bulletin as these times are occasionally adjusted.