We have many ways to communicate with others.
Like the newer ways … sending an email or a text message.
Posting on someone’s Facebook wall … or sliding into their DMs.
Then there are the old school methods … writing a letter, calling on the telephone, or paying a visit.
We use different means of communication at different times.
But of all the different ways to connect, a personal visit is the most cherished.
It requires each person to dedicate a block of time … there’s travel to and from the meeting, plus the time you spend meeting.
You give each other your undivided attention during your time together.
You laugh … or cry. Share stories and experiences.
With a face-to-face meeting you have the benefit of reading facial expressions and body language.
You enjoy a special bond with that person, even if for a little while.
For these reasons, the people you invest your time with are special.
Family members … friends … a significant other.
Now imagine the power of a face-to-face meeting with Jesus. Dedicating your time to spend with Him in person. Baring your soul and listening to what He has to tell you.
Sure, we dedicate time to speak with the Lord in prayer. But isn’t that kind of like sending Him an email? Eucharistic Adoration is our opportunity to have a personal meeting with Jesus. To be there for Him.
This week’s Genuflect resources center around Eucharistic Adoration … its history, why we should go, what to do … and what not to do.
So we can have that personal bonding time with Jesus and show Him how special He really is to us.
Eucharistic Adoration has existed since early times. From the 3rd century, the early hermits (solitary monks) reserved the Eucharist in their cells. Read more about how this practice has changed over the centuries.
Learn about the importance of Eucharistic Adoration and some important prayers used. The US Conference of Catholic Bishops also provide some prayers you can use during Holy Hours.
Connected to Eucharistic adoration, the liturgical vessel is traced back to the Middle Ages.
Here are twelve reasons from the teachings of the church and twelve biblical reasons for wanting to spend one hour with Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament.
Sarah Zentner writes: Despite my years of doubts, I somehow found myself wanting to try Eucharistic Adoration again. Here are some things that helped me commit.
There are many ways of praying and many ways of making a Holy Hour for “the Spirit blows where it wills” (John 3:8). But sometimes we need a little guidance that helps us to focus. Here is a guide for a Holy Hour of Adoration before the Lord, truly present in the Blessed Sacrament.
If you haven’t noticed, the traditional practice of Eucharistic Adoration is making a comeback. Many were given the impression in the seventies that adoration was passe, a relic of pre-Vatican II spirituality. But all the Popes since the Council have emphasized its importance, and we see more and more parishes organizing regular, even perpetual, exposition and adoration. Here’s what not to do … and what to do during Eucharistic Adoration.
Most churches have Eucharistic Adoration scheduled periodically. But some have begun offering Perpetual Adoration 24/7/365. This site provides a list of the churches offering Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration, including addresses, maps, driving directions, and phone numbers.
Why do we come to Adoration and the Holy Hour? Venerable Fulton Sheen said: “The Purpose of adoration is a deep personal encounter with the Lord Jesus.” This Lent, consider integrating into your family’s Lenten practice a Holy Hour for the family.
Each part has its own focus and helps us to enter more deeply into the Passion of Jesus Christ. We’ll enter into the second half this Sunday. Here’s more on the two parts.
A picture’s worth a thousand words, they say. The practice of Visio Divina (“divine seeing” in Latin) can help one focus more fully on God in prayer. Visio Divina is the slow, thoughtful contemplation of a picture, photo, work of art, or really anything visual that invites God to speak to you in a deeper way. Here are a few tips for getting started with your own Vision Divina practice.
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