“The Eucharist is a priceless treasure; by not only celebrating it but also by praying before it outside of Mass, we are enabled to make contact with the very wellspring of grace.” -Blessed Pope John Paul II
What is Eucharistic Adoration? During Eucharistic Adoration, we sit at the feet of Jesus to worship Him as He is present in the consecrated Eucharist. In this holy hour as you gaze upon Christ in His Eucharistic presence, speak to Him and tell Him all that comes to your mind. Then listen for His response.
The Church uses a vessel called the monstrance to expose Jesus in the Most Blessed Sacrament. In his book, The Mass, Four Encounters with Jesus that will Change Your Life, Dr. Tom Curran explains that the word “monstrance” comes from the Latin word monstrare, which means to show, unveil, disclose or reveal. Dr. Curran shares that “the monstrance is often a golden vessel shaped like the sun, with the Eucharist in the center, encircled by golden rays. This converys two simple meanings: first, like the heat of the sun, Jesus Christ’s Eucharistic presence is communicating a love to us that will warm our hearts and even set them on fire. And second, as the sun gives off light, He is shedding light upon us that dispels the darkness and confusion in our minds.
In Eucharistic Adoration, we experience monstrare. Jesus Christ is there to reveal His heart to you. As you receive that love, you will feel a tug to share what is in your heart with Him. As He reveals His heart to you, He will also unveil your heart to yourself, and you are invited to unveil your heart to Him. In short, He invites you to go before the Blessed Sacrament and simply say, “Here I am Lord, just the way I am. I open myself to you, Jesus. I welcome Your presence, light and love, and I give you my heart.”