What Do You Do at Eucharistic Adoration?

What Do You Do at Eucharistic Adoration?

Attending Catholic school from kindergarten to college has given me many opportunities for Eucharistic Adoration. Some I attended (because I had to), some I did not—mostly because I hadn’t quite figured out what I was really supposed to be “doing” while I sat in the pew.

Fast forward a few years, and I find myself married to a man who truly enjoys spending time in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament. And I find him a calmer, more contented being when he returns home afterward. Between that personal witness and reading the new Catholic Update on Eucharistic Adoration, I find myself wondering exactly what it is I’ve been missing all these years. 

The first two paragraphs of this Catholic Update just kind of spoke to me:

The best kind of friend is the one with whom you can spend time without having to say anything. You can just share the moment and enjoy each other’s company, knowing your relationship is deeper than the spoken word. 

That kind of silent communication is what takes place between you and Jesus when you participate in Eucharistic Adoration.

I have friends like this, so I can identify with what’s being said. These are truly the best relationships you can have with someone—one in which you can communicate without having to know the right words to say.

I will even sometimes cry out to Jesus in desperation, “You know my needs better than I, and you know what’s on my heart. Please help me.” And then I’m quiet. Usually, it’s while I’m driving somewhere, with the radio turned off, just so I can have some quiet time with God. I never thought of Eucharistic Adoration as a way to have this same conversation—whether in a desperate moment or not. It seems so logical right now that I’m not sure why it hasn’t occurred to me before.

While I’m not promising to head to the next adoration my parish offers, I am going to at least consider going sometime soon. How about you? Are you a regular visitor at your parish’s Holy Hour? Would you consider trying it a time or two?

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About the Author

Angela Glassmeyer is the institutional marketing and sales manager at Franciscan Media. She is blessed with three amazing children and a husband who both encourages and inspires her. She loves to entertain and feed large crowds of family and friends, but does not love the cleanup that comes with it. Angela has been actively involved at St. James of the Valley for almost twenty years and has served as the PSR coordinator since 2005.
  • TCotter

    I recommend it highly.  It is always a highlight of my week.

  • Kylie Spinelli

    It’s always a wonderful experience. My parish has holy hour every week, and lately I have been trying to go whenever physically possible. :) It’s such a moving thing, to sit in the presence of Christ. I definitely recommend it!

  • Cathy SFO

    I’ll just answer the title? First center myself on Jesus. When your love is in the room you can’t take your eyes off Him. Adore Him using the mysteries of the Rosary. Not praying it. I have a terriffic imagination, so I start with the first Mystery;
     This is the same flesh of the Son of God who was conceived by the Holy Spirit in Mary. This is the same flesh of the Son of God carried by Mary to visit Elizabeth.
     This is the same flesh of the Son of God born into our world. This is the same flesh of the Son of God taken to Simeon in the Temple by Mary and Joseph.
     This is the same flesh of the Son of God who was found in the Temple after 3 days by Mary and Joseph.
    Adoration of Jesus Christ in the Blessed Sacrament has added Grace, Peace and much Joy to my life.