Adoration Chapel at St. Patrick
Pro-Life Prayers 6:00 pm on the 4th Friday of each month
Pope John Paul II said, "Your faith will help you to realize that it is Jesus Himself who is present in the Blessed Sacrament, waiting for you and calling you to spend one special specific hour with Him each week." Jesus is the greatest treasure given to us on our sojourn on earth. Jesus, through the Church He started, gives himself to us in the Eucharist at Mass. We also have the grace of Eucharistic Adoration, where Our Lord, in the veiled presence of the Blessed Sacrament, gently invites us to spend time with Him, and draw close to His mercy and His love, to love Him more dearly, to see Him more clearly and to follow Him more nearly.
Have you considered making a weekly Holy Hour? Many in our parish have been doing so for years and look forward to this personal time with Jesus. When you read the lives of the saints, you realize that one common thread connecting them is their desire for personal communication with Christ through silent prayer. We are all struggling on the road to sainthood and a Holy Hour is a step in the right direction.
Since most of our lives are so hectic with many distractions and interruptions, finding one solid hour may seem difficult. Even more distressing is thinking about how to fill an entire hour with prayer if you haven't already tried it! What prayers are appropriate? Do I have to kneel for the entire hour? Is there a formula to follow?
There are many ways to celebrate a Holy Hour: praying the Rosary, praying the Litany of Divine Praises, devoting specific periods of prayer to particular needs or particular people, taking time for "holy study" and simply finding a good spiritual writer to read. You will find a collection of books available in the vestibule. Many offer meditations and prayers. There are countless ways to meet with God. What matters is that your encounter with Him be sincere and prayerful; with genuine openness to let God just look at you (all of you) as you look at Him, allowing the distance between you to diminish.
In the quiet, peaceful environment of the church during Adoration you have time to open your heart and speak directly to Jesus. Or be still and listen to God's response to you. Most adorers say that seeing Jesus under the appearance of the Sacred Host is much more conducive to intimacy than Him being hidden in the tabernacle. Jesus cannot be left alone in the Blessed Sacrament exposed in a monstrance. The scheduled adorers are guardians of the Blessed Sacrament, so their presence is necessary.