In the Fourth Plan for Parishes, Bishop LeVoir encourages every parish to renew its commitment to the practice of Eucharistic Adoration as a means of deepening our personal relationship with Jesus. Every area faith community should have some time set aside for Eucharistic Adoration each week. Posted are some resources to assist you in promoting this life-changing practice in your area.
Presider's Guide for Adoration
The Office of Worship has created a resource to help priests and deacons preside over a communal Holy Hour with Benediction without having to think too hard about it!
Download the booklet free or contact the Office of Worship for a printed copy.
Printable Card with Benediction Prayers
The Office of Worship is pleased to offer this one-page card which contains the presider's prayers for Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament, for easy use during a Holy Hour with Benediction. It also contains the text of Tantum Ergo and "Holy God We Praise Thy Name," often sung during Benediction/Reposition.
Quotes on Adoration
"The worship of the Eucharist outside of the Mass is of inestimable value for the life of the Church. This worship is strictly linked to the celebration of the Eucharistic Sacrifice. The presence of Christ under the sacred species reserved for Mass--a presence which lasts as long as the species of bread and wine remain--derives from the celebration of the sacrifice and is directed toward communion, both sacramental and spiritual. It is the responsibility of pastors to encourage, also by their personal witness, the practice of Eucharistic adoration, and exposition of the Blessed Sacrament in particular, as well as prayer of adoration before Christ present under the Eucharistic species." (St. John Paul II, Ecclesia de Eucharistia n. 25)
"Adoration is recognizing that Jesus is my Lord, that Jesus shows me the way to take, and that I will live well only if I know the road that Jesus points out and follow the path he shows me. Therefore, adoration means saying: "Jesus, I am yours. I will follow you in my life, I never want to lose this friendship, this communion with you". I could also say that adoration is essentially an embrace with Jesus in which I say to him: "I am yours, and I ask you, please stay with me always"." (Pope Benedict XVI, Catechetical Meeting with Children 10/15/2005)
"Communion and contemplation cannot be separated, they go hand in hand. If I am truly to communicate with another person I must know him, I must be able to be in silence close to him, to listen to him and look at him lovingly. True love and true friendship are always nourished by the reciprocity of looks, of intense, eloquent silences full of respect and veneration, so that the encounter may be lived profoundly and personally rather than superficially. And, unfortunately, if this dimension is lacking, sacramental communion itself may become a superficial gesture on our part." (Pope Benedict XVI, Homily on the Feast of Corpus Christi 6/7/2012)
"Without prolonged moments of adoration, of prayerful encounter with the word, of sincere conversation with the Lord, our work easily becomes meaningless; we lose energy as a result of weariness and difficulties, and our fervour dies out. The Church urgently needs the deep breath of prayer, and to my great joy groups devoted to prayer and intercession, the prayerful reading of God’s word and the perpetual adoration of the Eucharist are growing at every level of ecclesial life." (Pope Francis, Evangelii Gaudium n. 262)
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