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Eucharistic Adoration

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Eucharistic Adoration

Welcome to OCP’s “Guide to Adoration” page. Here, you will find ideas and resources to assist you, and your parish faithful, in developing moments of communal prayer before the Holy Eucharist — the sacred host; “a sacrament of love, a sign of unity, a bond of charity.” (Sacrosanctum Concilium, #47) We recognize that there is a renewed interest throughout the Church among all generations for a spirituality that includes Eucharistic Exposition and Benediction.

Below, you will find several blogs, each designed to serve as a unique beginner’s guide to Adoration.

 

 In the Mass and in Eucharistic Adoration we meet the merciful love of God that passes through the Heart of Jesus Christ. 

–Pope John Paul II, Homily of His Holiness,
St. Louis, 27 January 1999

 

 
 
 

What is Eucharistic Adoration?

Adoration

Eucharistic Adoration is a rite that is part of the Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament; it comes before the Benediction, during which time there may be prayers, songs, readings and contemplative silence. The Catholic faithful come to experience closeness with the Body and Blood of Christ. This often takes place in Catholic churches, but may also occur in an adoration chapel (or any location that a ministry desires).

Adoration is especially appropriate during the feast of Corpus Christi. During Corpus Christi, Catholic churches often hold a procession, the Eucharist is exposed in the monstrance and parishioners can spend time with Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament — Christ in the Eucharist. On this page, we provide blogs for celebrating eucharistic Holy Hours in various styles, as well as song suggestions, and orders of service. We also provide links to some very important documents to better guide our understanding when planning these liturgies. We hope that this is a useful site for you and pray that it helps us all to "acknowledge Christ's marvelous presence in the sacrament and invites us to the spiritual union with him that culminates in sacramental communion." (Order for Solemn Exposition of the Holy Eucharist, #7)