When Catholics say they are “going to Adoration,” they are typically referring to Eucharistic Adoration. In the most basic terms, this is the worship of Jesus’ Presence in the Eucharist outside of the Mass. Adoration is a quiet time spent in prayer with Jesus.
A Consecrated Host is placed in the center of a sacred vessel called a Monstrance. The word Monstrance means “to show.” The Monstrance is then set in a very special place for all to see and worship.
Jesus truly is present body, blood, soul and divinity in the Consecrated Host or Blessed Sacrament. When we come to Adoration, we give Jesus great honor and act with humility by acknowledging our need for Him.
We all have needs, hurts, joys, and sorrows – all of which we can share with Jesus in Adoration! Adoration can help to deepen your personal relationship with Jesus and help you to grow in faith, hope, and love. Right now, here on earth, Jesus will give you His peace within you as you spend time with Him.
Who can participate in Adoration?
Anyone can spend time with Jesus in Eucharistic Adoration! In the Bible, Jesus encourages us to “come away” and spend quiet time with him.
What if I have never been before?
Adoration is a form of prayer that happens very quietly and with reverence. It is appropriate to kneeling on both knees when you walk in and before going to the chairs or kneelers. There will likely be other people there who have signed up ahead of time to make sure that someone is always there with Jesus during hours that adoration is open.
How long do I have to stay?
As long as you want! Many people make a “holy hour” and spend a full 60 minutes in prayer with Jesus. However, you don’t have to start with a full hour! Start with just a “holy 15 minutes” and build from there.
What should I do while in Adoration?
You may spend the time with Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament any way you want. You may bring prayer books, read the Bible, pray the Rosary, or just sit, relax and enjoy the peace that comes from being with Him.
We live in a loud and busy culture – filled with screens, endless motion, and constant noise. You may feel your mind wander or that you can’t pray well. Don’t let this discourage you! Sometimes just sitting in silence with Jesus can bring you peace and comfort, even if you feel like you’re not “doing” anything!
Find an Adoration Chapel
Many communities have a Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration Chapel – a little room, or chapel, that is open seven days a week, 24 hours a day with permanent exposition of Jesus in the Most Blessed Sacrament.
Spend some time with Jesus and discover how he wants to bring you healing, peace, and joy.
Be sure to double check with any local adoration chapels to confirm their open hour schedules. Some of them may have changed due to COVID.
Below are some resources that may help you enter into deeper and more meaningful prayer during Adoration.