Eucharistic Adoration

The Importance of Eucharistic Adoration

The importance of Eucharistic Adoration is shown in the fact that the Church has a ritual that regulates it: the Rite of Eucharistic Exposition and Benediction. This is an extension of the adoration of the Blessed Sacrament which occurs in every Mass: “Behold the Lamb of God, behold him who takes away the sins of the world. Blessed are those called to the supper of the Lamb.” Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament flows from the sacrifice of the Mass and serves to deepen our hunger for Communion with Christ and the rest of the Church. The Rite concludes with the ordained minister blessing the faithful with the Blessed Sacrament.

The Keys to Eucharistic Adoration

1. Build Your Practice 

Sitting in silence can be challenge for our modern, noisy world.  Be patient with your practice of Adoration.  Start by spending 5 minutes sitting alone with Jesus then slowly increase your time each week.  This spiritual exercise, like physical exercise, requires increasing practice and dedication.

2. Bring Scripture

There are many prayer books and apps that contain daily scripture readings. Publications like Magnificat and Our Daily Bread are a great resource to take with you to Adoration.  As you read the scripture, ask yourself:  How is this scripture speaking to my heart? What changes is God asking me to take? How will I go about making those changes? Then, use the sacred silence to listen for answers.

3. Listen to Praise and Worship Music

Listening to praise and worship music is a great way to quiet yourself, turn your thoughts to God and prepare your heart.

4. Pray the Rosary (or another contemplative prayer)

As Catholics, we are blessed with sacred prayers such as the Rosary.  The power and promise of this prayer can have a significant impact on your spiritual life.  As with scripture, there are many guides and apps that can help guide you through this form of prayer.

Some additional prayers to consider during adoration include the Anima Christi and the Tantum Ergo (below).

St. Agnes Eucharistic Adoration
Weekly following 7:30 am Mass on Thursdays from 8:00 am to 7:00 pm (Holy Hour devotions 6-7 pm).

Click here to download a printable Adoration Response Card

Anima Christi

Soul of Christ, sanctify me
Body of Christ, save me
Blood of Christ, inebriate me
Water from Christ’s side, wash me
Passion of Christ, strengthen me
O good Jesus, hear me
Within Thy wounds hide me
Suffer me not to be separated from Thee
From the malicious enemy defend me
In the hour of my death call me
And bid me come unto Thee
That I may praise Thee with Thy saints
and with Thy angels
Forever and ever

Tantum Ergo

Down in adoration falling,
Lo! the sacred Host we hail;
Lo! o’er ancient forms departing,
Newer rites of grace prevail;
Faith for all defects supplying,
Where the feeble senses fail.
To the everlasting Father,
And the Son who reigns on high,
With the Holy Spirit proceeding
Forth from each eternally,
Be salvation, honor, blessing,
Might and endless majesty. Amen.

V. You have given them bread from heaven,

R. Having all delight within it.

Let us pray.

O God, who in this wonderful Sacrament
left us a memorial of your Passion:
grant, we implore you,
that we may so venerate
the sacred mysteries of your Body and Blood,
as always to be conscious of the fruit of your Redemption.
You who live and reign forever and ever. Amen.