Adoration is time set aside every Friday morning for the faithful to pray and to honour the Eucharistic presence of Christ. The body, blood, soul and divinity of Christ are present in the Sacred Host exposed in the monstrance on the altar, allowing us to contemplate the mystery before us. Spending time with the Blessed Sacrament helps you to grow spiritually and to build your personal relationship with Christ.
Adoration is a time when “God and man reach out to each other at the same time”.
Catholics believe that Christ is truly and substantially present in the Eucharist, under the species of Bread and Wine. Therefore, the Blessed Sacrament is given the same adoration and devotion that is accorded to Christ.
At the beginning of the exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, a priest removes the Sacred Host from the tabernacle and places it in the monstrance on the altar for adoration by the faithful. When the monstrance contains the Sacred Host, the priest does not touch it with his bare hands, but instead, holds it with a humeral veil, a wide band of cloth that covers his shoulders and has pleats on the inside in which he places his hands.
Adoration is the most valid and radical remedy against the idolatries of yesterday and today. Kneeling before the Eucharist is a profession of freedom. One who bows to Jesus cannot and must not prostrate himself before any earthly power, no matter how strong.
– Pope Benedict XVI
There are no fixed rules for what you must do during adoration. You can sit quietly with Christ or you can pray the Holy Rosary. This is a sacred hour for you to encounter Christ, to be transformed by Christ and to open yourself to His graces and mercy. This deepening of your relationship with Christ will help inspire you and give you the strength you need to carry your own crosses.
Please join us every Friday for the 9am Adoration Mass, followed by the exposition of the Blessed Sacrament for one hour. In particular, plan ahead for devotions on the First Friday of each month. On First Fridays, exposition and adoration are particularly solemn in order to help us venerate the Sacred Heart of Jesus in reparation for those that do not love him or receive him.
"In the excess of the mercy of my Heart, I promise you that my all powerful love will grant to all those who will receive Communion on the First Fridays, for nine consecutive months, the grace of final repentance: they will not die in my displeasure, nor without receiving the sacraments; and my Heart will be their secure refuge in that last hour." - Christ to St. Margaret Mary Alacoque
If you would like to hear an abbreviated version of attending an Adoration Mass please listen to the links below.