Youth Adoration Hour on Wednesdays
“If we are to experience the Eucharist as the “source an summit of Christian life” (Lumen Gentium, 11,) then we must celebrate it with faith, receive it with reverence, and allow it to transform our minds and hearts through the prayer of adoration.”
~St. John Paul II
At St. Margaret Mary, we recognize that God has heard the millions of prayers that have been poured out to Him from our parish over the last 100+ years; prayers which have been answered in so many ways. For these, we are grateful.
Our greatest gift is the source and summit of our liturgy, the Eucharist, which is Jesus Himself given to us so we truly may be joined with Him to fully experience His presence and love. Each Wednesday and First Friday we come together face to face with our Lord in the peaceful beauty of our Chapel to adore our Lord Himself in the Eucharist. Each hour, faithful parishioners kneel before Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament to adore, pray and listen to our Lord speaking to their hearts.
What is Adoration and why is it important?
Eucharistic Adoration is a form of prayer which brings us into the presence of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament. Our Lord brings us special graces as we spend quiet time with Him. Adoration is peaceful prayer with Jesus who is visible, exposed and truly present, in the Host, in the monstrance. Adoration is a very personal prayer of thanks, worship, petition and silence. It is being with Jesus and listening to Him. It is an act of love for Him.
“Jesus waits for us in this sacrament of love. Let us be generous with our time in going to meet Him in adoration…”
~St. John Paul II
Pope Pius X hailed perpetual Eucharistic Adoration as the devotion that surpasses all others.
What do you do while you are in the Chapel during Adoration?
Just walk in and after genuflecting before the monstrance, kneel or sit down. As you come face to face with the Lord in the Eucharist you can pray silently or just be present with Him listening for his small still voice speaking to you. Some people read the Bible or other religious book or pray the Holy Rosary or Devine Mercy Chaplet (Rosaries, booklets and prayers for your use are found at the back of the Chapel.)
Many stay for one hour. Some stay for a half hour, and some stay for 5 minutes.
When you leave the chapel, genuflect and then return any books you may have used and sign your name in the adoration book with the time you spent with the Lord
While everyone who spends time with Jesus in Eucharistic Adoration will have a unique personal experience, it is one that will always strengthen their relationship with our loving savior.
What is a scheduled adorer and how do I become one?
During all hours of adoration there is a need for adorers to be present with Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament. Some people are able to spend time with the Lord for the same hour each Wednesday or First Friday. These adorers have made commitments to ensure that their hour is covered each week. If a conflict should arise, they secure a substitute to fill in for them for that time frame or switch times with another scheduled adorer (asking a friend or someone on the substitute list).
If you feel that you are able to become a scheduled adorer or would available to serve as a substitute adorer, please contact Maribeth Wuensch at 847 458 9102 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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