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Eucharistic Adoration

Eucharistic Revival

Eucharistic Revival

OCP is proud to participate in the National Eucharistic Revival, led by the USCCB. On this page, you will find ideas and resources to assist your parish in Eucharistic Adoration – an invaluable part of the Eucharistic Revival initiative. As John Paul II wrote in Dominicae Cenae, “The Church and the world have a great need for eucharistic worship. Jesus awaits us in this sacrament of love. Let us not refuse the time to go to meet him in adoration, in contemplation full of faith, and open to making amends for the serious offenses and crimes of the world. Let our adoration never cease.”

To support your parish in developing moments of communal prayer before the Holy Eucharist, explore the blogs, song suggestions and recommended resources below.

 

What is Eucharistic Adoration?

 
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“Adoration” is often used as shorthand for the entire rite of which it is a part: the Rite of Eucharistic Exposition and Benediction. During this rite, the sacred host is exposed, placed in a monstrance, so it can be seen by those in attendance. Adoration can include prayers, songs, readings, homilies and contemplative silence in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament, and it is followed by the Benediction, during which the celebrant blesses all present with the Eucharist. The rite flows from and increases our hunger for the Communion with Christ and the Church which occurs in the Catholic Mass.

In Adoration, we encounter the real presence of Jesus Christ in the Eucharist. One purpose of the USCCB National Eucharistic Revival is to restore understanding and devotion to this mysterious reality: that the sacred host we adore in prayer is not a symbol merely but is truly the Body of Christ. According to St. Thomas Aquinas, it is a reality that cannot be apprehended by our senses but can only be accepted in faith.

Adoration is especially appropriate during the feast of Corpus Christi, or the Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ. When the USCCB launched the National Eucharistic Revival on Corpus Christi 2022, it encouraged widespread Adoration as well as eucharistic processions.

On this page, we provide blogs with information on celebrating Adoration, as well as song suggestions and more. 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).

 

Blogs

 
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Establishing Adoration at your parish

Eucharistic Adoration is one of the great traditions of the Catholic Church. Similar to manner in which Marian devotees sing hymns and pray the rosary outside of Mass, those encountering Christ through eucharistic worship utilize a treasury of Adoration hymns passed down through the generations. The songs on this playlist serve as excellent ministry resources for eucharistic devotions and eucharistic processions, and offer an introductory sampling of this wealth of traditional music. We invite you to read this blog for ideas on establishing an Adoration, Eucharistic Exposition and Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament ministry in your parish. May you encounter Christ in the Eucharist.

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Why all the fuss about Adoration?

Read contemporary Catholic artist Tom Booth’s reflections on the resurgence of interest in Eucharistic Adoration. He discusses why Adoration might be appealing to so many young people and how it expresses our hunger to experience God’s love.

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Songs

 

Eucharistic Revival

This playlist offers Catholic music in a range of styles. Listen to the Eucharistic Revival playlist during times of personal reflection on the Eucharist or discover songs that your music ministry can use for Adoration at your parish.

 

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Traditional Liturgical

The songs on this playlist serve as excellent ministry resources for eucharistic devotion. It is a wonderful introduction to the wealth of traditional Catholic music for Adoration.

 
 
 

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Contemporary Liturgy

Discover modern liturgical music for Adoration from your favorite contemporary Catholic artists. It’s a great resource for parishes that prefer contemporary music and want offer more times of Adoration during the Eucharistic Revival.

 

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Catholic Youth and Young Adult

Eucharistic Adoration has a special way of connecting young people with the truth about the real presence of Jesus in the Eucharist. This playlist contains songs with simple and sing-able lyrics for times of Adoration.

 
 

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Resources

 

OCP resource for Adoration

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Adoration Basics
by Dr. Glenn CJ Byer.

Dr. Glenn Byer delivers historical and theological insight on Eucharistic Adoration, the contributions of the saints and more. Readers will find this helpful, detailed guide to Adoration clear and accessible.

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Eucharistic Revival Events

 

The Feast of Corpus Christi / Launch of the National Eucharistic Revival: June 19, 2022

Year of Diocesan Revival: June 19, 2022—June 11, 2023

Year of Parish Revival: June 11, 2023—July 17, 2024

National Eucharistic Congress, Indianapolis, Indiana: July 17-21, 2024

Year of Going Out on Mission: July 21, 2024—Pentecost 2025