After the Eucharistic Congress in Spain in 1993, Pope John Paul II prayed that the fruit of the meeting would be the establishment of Perpetual Adoration in every parish throughout the world.

Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration is the adoration of Jesus Christ present in the Holy Eucharist. In the many Churches that have this adoration, the Eucharist is displayed in a special holder called a monstrance, and people come to pray and worship Jesus continually throughout the day and often the night. 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. Can we not give Jesus a few minutes of love and adoration in return?
Eucharistic Adoration

Eucharistic Adoration is

Awareness of the real presence of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament.

Appreciation of the gift of His total presence among us in the Blessed Sacrament.

Affirmation of His personal love for us in the Blessed Sacrament.

Acknowledgement of our total dependence upon Him.

Attempting to centre our life in Him and His holy will.

Blessed are they who do not see and yet believe  
 

Parish Eucharistic Adoration

is a devotion whereby members of a parish unite in making continuous adoration before the Most Blessed Sacrament for as many hours as may be possible based on the number of people who pledge to do a weekly Holy Hour when the programme is presented at masses over a Sunday.


MISSION: To inform and excite Catholics about answering the Call from Jesus to each of us to sit for one hour with Him as the disciples did at the Garden of Gethsemane.

TRAINING: Your Baptism in Christ.

COMMITMENT: Spend one hour of your time with Jesus once a week/month.

INVITATION: Come and spend time with Jesus truly present in the Holy Eucharist and allow Him to transform your life.

JESUS PRESENT IN THE EUCHARIST: For 2000 years, Catholics have believed Jesus to be truly present in the most Holy Eucharist, just as He taught His disciples in the Gospel of John Chapter 6. We believe at each celebration of the Mass, bread and wine are truly transformed into the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ.
Therefore, Jesus comes to be present with us not only spiritually, but physically. In the Eucharist, Jesus is just as present with us in the disguise of bread and wine as He was in the disguise of a man 2000 years ago when He walked the earth.

BLESSINGS: If we are willing to do what is ordinary then we can only expect God’s ordinary blessings. Only when we are willing to do the extraordinary are we guaranteed of obtaining God’s extraordinary blessings. Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament is absolutely the extraordinary effort that God is asking for today in order that He may bestow upon us His extraordinary blessings.

OPPORTUNITIES: "EVERY DAY"

Contemplative in Nature

The devotion of Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration is contemplative in nature and is directed to the sanctification of its members.

It is not enough to discover Christ, you must bring Him to others

John Paul II

How does Eucharistic Adoration Work?

Eucharistic Adoration

There are 9 keys to establishing and maintaining Eucharistic Adoration in parishes

Prayer must precede and follow everything to do with Adoration.

Meeting the Parish Priest and a few key people in the parish 3 weeks prior to presentation at masses.

The setting up a parish lay team or committee trained by our Diocesan Team, to organize and maintain Adoration in the parish

A Presentation (7 to 8 minutes) in the churches of the parish at all Sunday masses given by a trained person(s) from the National or Diocesan committee.

The objective of the presentation at masses is to explain Eucharistic Adoration and to get parishioners to commit to spending time in Adoration each week, and also to seek volunteers to assist with this work.

Following the appeal at Sunday masses, a roster of Adoration in line with the commitment by parishioners to spend time in Adoration each week is drawn up, At least 4 people per hour is best practice.

The week after presentation (usually Wednesday evening) volunteers meet to elect a lay committee to set up and maintain the Adoration roster in line with the response of parishioners.

The ongoing work of the parish team or committee in ensuring that the Adoration roster is maintained over time.

Adoration may benefit from a suitable room in the parish if the church is very large and does not have a side chapel suitable for Adoration.

The Eucharist is the most excellent of all the sacraments because it contains Christ Himself.
There are many names associated with Jesus Christ in the Holy Eucharist. The most common titles are: the Holy Eucharist, the Most Blessed Sacrament, the Real Presence, and Holy Communion. Regardless of how we may refer to Him, the fact remains that this is the Living
Glorified Christ veiled beneath the appearance of what looks like bread in the fullness of His Divinity and His Humanity.

How is Christ made present?
He is made present with His body, blood, soul, and
divinity through the offering of the Holy
Sacrifice of the Mass.
It is by the conversion of the bread and wine into
Christ’s body and blood that Christ becomes
present in this sacrament.
(Catechism 1375) It is the Word of Christ
(this is My Body, this is My Blood)
through the action of the Holy Spirit that Christ is made present for us on our altar to be consumed as food for our soul and remaining present for us in our tabernacle to adore.
As
Catholics we must believe this Truth, and it is our
duty to come to His Real Presence and adore Him.

“Once we believe Christ is really present in the Holy Eucharist, it is only logical to conclude that we should worship Him.”
 

Why is the Eucharist reserved?

“Eucharist is reserved in churches to serve as the spiritual center of a religious community or a parish community, indeed of the whole Church and the whole of mankind, since it contains, beneath the veil of the species, Christ the invisible Head of the Church, the Redeemer of the world, the Center of all hearts, ‘by Whom all things are and by Whom we
exist.”’
(Pope Paul VI, Mysterium Fidei)
Reservation of the Holy Eucharist is also necessary to administer to the needs of the sick and homebound.

What is Adoration of the Eucharist?

Acknowledgment that, because the whole Christ is really present in the Blessed Sacrament, He is to be adored in the Eucharist as the Incarnate God.
(Modern Catholic Dictionary)
 

When is Eucharistic Adoration?

Make parishioners aware of the schedule of Exposition of the Most Blessed Sacrament and encourage them to come. This may be done by inserting notes in the bulletin and announcements after Holy Mass. Also, create an awareness that Our Blessed Lord is always reserved in the tabernacle and welcomes the faithful to visit at all times.

Who can come?

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 to such belongs the kingdom of heaven.”  (Mt 19:14)

Invite family members, neighbors, and friends to join you. Your joy with the Lord may be what others are looking for.
“You have made us for Yourself O Lord and our hearts are restless until they rest in Thee.”
(St. Augustine)

What is needed from the priest?

Permission, support and his blessing to proceed.

Names of a few key people in the parish.

Thoughts on a possible location.

A date for presentation at masses in the parish.

The church and the world have a great need of Eucharistic Adoration

John Paul II
 

Goals and Objectives

The goals and objectives of this Universal and Public Association are in accordance with Canon 304,1 of the code of Canon Law.

To promote the practice of Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration of the exposed Blessed Sacrament.

To deepen in members of Adorers, reverence and love for the Holy Eucharist.

To increase the love of and obedience to the Church, the Holy Father and all bishops and priests in communion with him.

To foster spiritual growth in members as individuals and families by practicing in their daily lives the Eucharistic way of living.

To make reparation to the Sacred Heart of Jesus for sins committed, especially by irreverence to the most Blessed Sacrament.

To pray for vocations to the priesthood and religious life.

To increase devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of the Eucharistic Lord.

If we really loved the good God we should make it our joy and happiness to come and spend a few moments to adore Him

St J Vianney

Why Eucharistic Adoration?

Jesus made this very clear again when he appeared to St Margaret Mary.
I have a burning desire to be honoured in the Blessed Sacrament.

It leads to greater holiness - Jesus gives us His graces through Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament.

It builds a personal relationship with Jesus and creates a new enthusiasm in people to spend more time in prayer.

It helps to establish a community of love.

It helps to make reparation for all the indifference and offence caused to Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament.

It showers graces and blessing on our parishes and communities.

It strengthens belief in the Real Presence.

It is an established fact that where Jesus is worshipped and adored in the Blessed Sacrament vocations flourish.

To adore God, to offer Him praise and thanksgiving, to make reparation for our sins and the sins of the mankind, and to petition Him for constant help we need.

Cast all your anxieties upon the Lord who cares for you

1Peter5:7
 
“To visit the Blessed Sacrament is a proof of gratitude, an expression of love, and a duty of adoration toward Christ Our Lord.”
(Paul VI)
 

What am I to do during Eucharistic Adoration?

This is your personal time with God. There are no set prayers. As you approach the Adoration Chapel, sign the book on the table. After entering the chapel, genuflect on one knee ortwo, if you cannot genuflect a simple bow.
You may offer a prayer of Adoration to begin your Holy Hour. You may kneel or sit. Spend this time in silence, contemplating that you are in
the presence of God. Converse with Him.

You can read Sacred Scripture, or other spiritual reading, pray the rosary, or the chaplet of Divine Mercy. There are blessed rosaries on the table, and a variety of reading material for your convenience. (Make church approved material available for use during adoration)

You may desire to offer your holy hour for a special intention. There are Spiritual Bouquet cards and postcards on the table that you may send
to whomever you are praying for. If you choose, there is a book to write prayer intentions.
During your Holy Hour please include prayers for our Holy Father, Holy Vocations to the Holy Priesthood, Consecrated Religious Life, Holy Marriages and persevering grace for those vocations we now have.

Keep in mind, without validly ordained priests there is no Eucharist.

Key Factors Contributing To The Successful Institution Of Perpetual Adoration and Increased Participation In Eucharistic Adoration

Pastor's firm belief in the graces of Eucharistic Adoration and communication of these graces to his parishioners,

Primary responsibility for Eucharistic Adoration resting with a Lay Coordinator and a committee, which report to the Pastor or his designee,

Six to eight people meet once a week to pray for success,

Regular, eye catching bulletin articles

Expertise of an experienced coordinator from another successful parish,

Confidence that Perpetual Adoration is easier to initiate than 1-2 days a week,

Assistance from an experienced guest homilist to promote adoration sign-up weekend

 
Jesus wants it. This is the greatest of all reasons as Our Lord made it clear when he gave his Eucharistic Discourse:
Indeed this is the will of my Father that everyone who looks upon the Son and believes in Him shall have eternal life. Him I will raise up on the last day
.
 

What is the best location for Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration

A separate side chapel is most desirable as it provides for quietness and intimacy, which is not disturbed by other liturgical ceremonies.

Inform your parishioners where Exposition of the Most Blessed Sacrament will take place. (church or chapel) Directions may be necessary if the chapel is detached from the church. Make available the schedule of Eucharistic Adoration listing day or days and the hours.
 

How should one go about getting Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration established in one's Parish?

Pray to Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament to obtain this great grace for your parish.

Meet with others in your parish that share your desire to have Eucharistic Adoration started.

Do everything with the knowledge, permission and support of your parish priest. Make him aware of the interest in Adoration.

Ask Him to ihave a chat about the possibility of launching Adoration in the parish during Sunday masses.

Does Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration place extra work on its Priests?

No.

Eucharistic Adoration does not add to the heavy workload of priests.

All organizational responsibilities rest with the local committee who make sure that there are people available at all times during the period of Adoration. The leader of the Parish Adoration Committee keeps the parish clergy informed.

What we need is for every parish to come before Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament in holy hours of prayer

Blessed Mother Teresa

 

Promotion and Publicizing in the Parish

General Organizational Information and Requirements

Organization
Have in place an organization of lay people who have responsibility for the day to day participation in Eucharistic Adoration in accordance with Parish and USCCB (United States Conference of Catholic Bishops) requirements. The Head/Lead coordinator for Eucharistic Adoration normally reports to the Pastor or his designee.

The organization for Eucharistic Adoration depends on the number days and times of adoration and also the number of adorers. This would include the Head/Lead Coordinator and an appropriate number of coordinators/committee members. The following are examples:

  1. For Perpetual Adoration (24 hours, 7 days per week) - In addition to the Head/Lead Coordinator there is probably a need for Midnight, Morning, Afternoon, and Evening Division Leaders/Coordinators. Also need six Hourly Captains reporting to each of the four Division Leaders/Coordinators.
  2. For Eucharistic Adoration on one or two days a week (weekend) - In addition to the Head/Lead Coordinator, there may only be a need for four Monthly Leaders/Coordinators, each of who is responsible for adoration three months of the year. Also consider having a Lead Adorer on each hour of adoration who is requested to be present on time and to stay until the Lead Adorer for the next hour arrives. If the Lead Adorer is not able to be present as scheduled, that person is asked to obtain a substitute, and to tell the substitute of the responsibility of the Lead Adorer.
Attendance Requirements

"Every effort should be made to ensure that there should be at least two people present. There must absolutely never be periods when the Blessed Sacrament is exposed and there is no one present ..." "The use of drapes or doors to shield the monstrance, even for a short period of time, is not the required reposition of the Blessed Sacrament."
 

Sign-up Weekends

To increase participation in Eucharistic Adoration, conduct a sign-up weekend every 2-3 years. It is usually best to have a guest priest as a homilist at all Sunday Masses on a weekend (emphasizing the importance, graces/blessing, etc) to inspire people to signup to participate in Eucharistic Adoration. Sign-up forms and pencils should be available in the pews.

 
Attendance Log

Provide an attendance log for adorers to sign-in as they enter the chapel for Eucharistic Adoration. Include the date and hourly times on the log and provide a space in the log for scheduled adorers to sign and a separate place for drop-ins/visitors to sign-in at each hourly time.
 
Contact List

Post a list of leaders and coordinators, with phone numbers, who can be contacted during adoration if there is a concern, such as lack of adorer coverage and for other concerns.

Available Prayer Items

Provide approved spiritual reading material for adorers (adults and children) such as Bibles, appropriate books (saints, Eucharistic miracles, etc.) pamphlets and prayer cards [e.g. Eucharistic Adoration Prayers, and other approved prayers. Also, have rosaries (inexpensive plastic rosaries that have been blessed) readily available for use or to keep.

pdf Eucharistic Adoration Prayer Booklet

List of Substitutes

To provide for more reliable participation in adoration, develop a list of substitutes (people who are willing to sub for scheduled adorers) with phone numbers, which is made available to adorers for use as needed.

Children's Adoration

  1. Arrange an adult and children holy hour (program/schedule)
  2. Encourage teachers to bring students to visit Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament
  3. Encourage parents to bring their children to their Holy Hour.
  4. Use children's prayer card for Eucharistic Adoration

jpg Prayers for Children's’ Visit with Jesus during Eucharistic Adoration

Intention Book

Provide a book in the adoration chapel for adorers to list their intentions and request all adorer to pray for the intentions in the book.
Intention Offering Cards

Make available intention cards (post cards or other cards suitable for mailing) which provide a space to indicate that you prayed for that person during your Holy Hour at the chapel at a specific date/time.
Letter of invitation to New Catholics from the RCIA

Compose a letter to the newly initiated welcoming them and informing them of the adoration times in your parish. Click here for a sample.

Communicating Changes

Have a system (bulletin, e-mail, phone, bulletin boards, announcement at Mass, etc.) to keep adorers informed of any changes in the schedules for adoration. This can include: Holydays or holidays when the Blessed Sacrament may not be exposed or at times when weather conditions cause delays or cancellation.

 
The following message from the Holy Father is the key to the success of Eucharistic Adoration.
Our Holy Father has called upon the lay people to be vigilant in seeing that Jesus in known and loved in the Eucharist. It is necessary therefore to have good procedures and practices in place and a structure supported by responsible lay people so as to ensure that Jesus is never left alone and that the parish clergy are assured and confident of this.
 
To all of our faithful adorers of the Most Blessed Sacrament we wish to thank you for being faithful to your commitment to your Holy Hour. Without your faithfulness, exposition would be impossible, as it
is necessary to have at least one adorer
present while the Most Blessed Sacrament is exposed in the Monstrance. It is our hope, through your continued support and example, others may come to know, love and serve the Lord with a desire to spend time with Him too.
Please visit Our Lord. There is always a need for faithful adorers, please consider committing to a specific hour of Eucharistic Adoration.
“I believe; help my unbelief!” (
Mk 9:24)

Suggestions for Vacant Hours 

Download Suggestions for Vacant Hours PDF

 

I will spend all my free moments at the feet of the Blessed Sacrament. At the feet of Jesus I will seek light, comfort and strength

St. Faustina
 

Things to Do During Private Eucharistic Adoration

Fr. Benedict Groeschel points out in the book, "In the Presence of Our Lord : The History, Theology and Psychology of Eucharistic Devotion" that there are "four kinds of prayer most appropriate in the presence of the Eucharist, namely adoration and praise, thanksgiving, repentance and trusting intercession." Accordingly, here are suggestions for what to do during private Eucharistic adoration.

1. Pray the Psalms or the Liturgy of the Hours
Whether you are praising, giving thanks, asking for forgiveness or seeking an answer, you'll find an appropriate psalm. The ancient prayer of the Church called the Liturgy of the Hours presents an excellent way to pray through the Book of Psalms throughout the year.

2. Recite the "Jesus Prayer"
Say "Lord Jesus, have mercy on me, a sinner", repeatedly as you quiet your heart and mind.

3. Meditate using Scripture
Choose a passage from the Bible. read the words and ask God to let the passage speak to you. Pay special attention to anything that strikes you and ask God what He wishes for you to draw from that message.

4. Read the life of a saint and pray with him or her
Most holy men and women have had a great devotion to Our Lord in the Eucharist. Therese of Lisieux, Catherine of Siena, Francis of Assisi, Thomas Aquinas, Peter Julian Eymard, Dorothy Day. Mother Teresa of Calcutta and Baroness Catherine de Hueck are just a few. Read about them and pray their prayers before the Blessed Sacrament.

5. Pour out your heart to Christ and adore Him
Speak to Jesus, aware that you are in His presence, and tell Him all that comes to your mind. Listen for His response. Pray the prayer that St. Francis instructed his brothers to pray whenever they were before the Blessed Sacrament: "I adore You, O Christ, present here and in all the churches of the world, for by Your holy cross You have redeemed the world."

6. Ask for forgiveness and intercede for others
Think of those who have hurt you and request a special blessing for them. Ask God to forgive you for all the times you have neglected or hurt someone else. Bring before the Blessed Sacrament all those who have asked you to pray for them. Ask the Lord to address their concerns.

7. Pray the Rosary
Pope John Paul II reminds us, "...is not the enraptured gaze of Mary as she contemplated the face of the newborn Chris and cradled him in her arms that unparalleled model of love which should inspire us every time we receive Eucharistic communion?" (The Church and the Eucharist, 55) Ask Mary to join you as you gaze on Christ in the Eucharist and as you pray the Rosary.

8. Sit quietly and just "be" in the presence of God
Think of a visit to the Blessed Sacrament as coming to see your best friend. Sit quietly and enjoy being in each other's company. Instead of talking to the Lord, try listening to what He wants to tell you.

Prayer to Our Lady

O Virgin Mary Mother of God
you embraced in your womb
The Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity
of Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.
Help us, your children to embrace in faith and love
His Real Presence in the most
Blessed Sacrament now and forever,
Amen

Through Mary mother of our Eucharistic Lord
I pray for a new Pentecost today and I ask You to send Your Spirit on everyone.
May the fire of Your divine love touch, bless, help and protect me.

Please include the following intentions in your prayers at Holy Mass, Holy Communion and your Eucharistic Adoration

Priests, Vocations to the priesthood and religious life, prayerful families, youth, spread of Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration to every parish.

Prayers Before the Blessed Sacrament

May the Holy Spirit,
which flows from Your Eucharistic Heart
be with me now and forever.
Amen
O Sacrament Most Holy
O Sacrament Divine
All praise and all thanksgiving
Be every moment Thine.
My God I believe, I adore, I hope, I love you
I ask pardon for those who do not believe or adore, or hope or love you.

Eucharistic Heart of Jesus, divine furnace of love,
inflame my heart with a perfect love for You.
Jesus, make me holy and make my heart so like Yours,
that Your love will shine through me,
like a light through a window ,
so that others may see You in me.
Like a monstrance may I show You to the World.

Lord Jesus you have brought us here
together with a definite purpose.
Open our minds and hearts to listen to
the promptings of Your Holy Spirit.
As we respond to your call to know you
And to love you in the Eucharist, help us
To bring many others to encounter you
through Eucharistic Adoration.

"My Lord and my God" Jn 20:28

Eucharistic Heart of Jesus
Burning with love for me,
Inflame my heart with love for You.

 

Suggested Bulletin Notes

Use the weekly parish bulletin to encourage adoration. Download sample bulletin notes below:

  1. Adoration Notes for Bulletin - 1
  2. Adoration Notes for Bulletin - 2
  3. Adoration Notes for Bulletin - 3
  4. Adoration Notes for Bulletin - 4
  5. Adoration Notes for Bulletin - 5
  6. Adoration Notes for Bulletin - 7
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