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 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
Attempting to centre our life in Him and
His holy will.
|Blessed are they who do not see and yet
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
It is not enough to discover Christ, you must
bring Him to others
John Paul II
How does Eucharistic Adoration Work?
There are 9 keys to establishing and maintaining
Eucharistic Adoration in parishes
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
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
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.
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
(Pope Paul VI, Mysterium Fidei)
Reservation of the Holy Eucharist is also necessary
to administer to the needs of the sick and
What is Adoration of the
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
“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.”
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
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
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
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
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
It strengthens belief in the Real Presence.
It is an established fact that
where Jesus is worshipped and adored in the Blessed Sacrament
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
“To visit the Blessed Sacrament is a proof of gratitude, an
expression of love, and a duty of adoration toward Christ Our Lord.”
What am I to do during Eucharistic
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
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
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
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
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
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
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?
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
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:
- 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
- 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.
"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
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.
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
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
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.
Eucharistic Adoration Prayer Booklet
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.
- Arrange an adult and children holy hour
- Encourage teachers to bring students to
visit Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament
- Encourage parents to bring their
children to their Holy Hour.
- Use children's prayer card for
Prayers for Children's’ Visit with Jesus during Eucharistic
Provide a book in the adoration chapel for adorers to list their
intentions and request all adorer to pray for the intentions in
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
Letter of invitation to New Catholics from
Compose a letter to the newly initiated welcoming them and informing
them of the adoration times in your parish. Click
here for a sample.
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
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
“I believe; help my unbelief!” (
Suggestions for Vacant Hours
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
Things to Do During Private Eucharistic
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
Say "Lord Jesus, have mercy on me, a sinner", repeatedly as you
quiet your heart and mind.
3. Meditate using
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
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
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,
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
Please include the following intentions in
your prayers at Holy Mass, Holy Communion and your Eucharistic
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.
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
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.
Use the weekly parish bulletin to encourage adoration. Download sample
bulletin notes below:
Adoration Notes for Bulletin - 1
Adoration Notes for Bulletin - 2
Adoration Notes for Bulletin - 3
Adoration Notes for Bulletin - 4
Adoration Notes for Bulletin - 5
for Bulletin - 7