A Reflection on Eucharistic Adoration
by Fr. Dave Young
When a person says that they’ve “encountered” someone or something, we usually assume that there was a quality of chance involved:
“Fred encountered an obstacle on the path;” “Kate had a chance encounter with the boss.” But the type of encounter I mean is different
This encounter has another, different, distinctive quality of chance. You can lose nothing in the encounter, but only gain. You can discover
wonders, and never leave your seat. You can build a friendship, without saying a word. You can open up to your depths, and not fear being
judged. You can sit and listen for hours, and find you’ve only scratched the surface. You can draw on your memories, and find them
translated or transformed. You can find the peace of your “inner room,” and let it pattern your plans. In this encounter, you can only gain,
and never lose.
Sure, it may sound too good to be true. It may sound suspiciously (& overly) optimistic. It may sound ridiculously naïve and utopian. The
potential of this encounter may sound and seem radical & extreme, but it is all true, and all possible… as long as you take that chance.
And so I invite you to begin this encounter, to take the chance that God may be calling you to visit Him in a unique and exceptional way.
The Church calls the encounter I’m talking about “Eucharistic Adoration,” and speaking from my own experience, it is wonderful!
It is simple, quiet, reflective and rewarding. There are no special prayers to memorize, no formal expectations, no “required reading.” You
simply come to church, and spend some time with the Lord present in the Eucharist. You can read the Scriptures, or some other spiritual
reading; you can pray the Rosary or some other devotion; you can sit, enjoy the silence, and speak with the Lord in your heart; or you can
just sit in His Presence. There are as many ways to adore, as there are to pray.
|Eucharistic Exposition & Adoration
First Friday of each month from the end of the 9:00 Mass (~9:45 am) until 12:00 pm
the Holy Eucharist is reverently displayed in the center of the monstrance.
all kneel as the Eucharist is placed.
the altar may be incensed, there may be a hymn.
a period of silent adoration and prayer
Repositioning of the Holy Eucharist in the Tabernacle
Acclamation or song