January 5, 2013 by Anonymous Filed under Adoration, Prayer, Videos
Fr. John and Dan talk about the importance of Eucharistic adoration.
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While everything in the video is absolutely true and good, isn’t the real point of Eucharistic Adoration that it is our sweet “duty” to adore. As we say in the Mass, “it is right and just”. Once we know that He is present, God himself in the second person of the Trinity, the adoration that began at the Mass is then carried forth to the chapel and to the world. Sure there are fruits of adoration, but we do it because as Fulton Sheen said, “the greatest love story of all time is contained in a sacred white host”. It is Christ himself,
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I love praying in adoration chapels! There is no place I’d rather be! I wish more people knew how wonderful it is to be with our Lord and gaze upon His beauty in the Eucharist! I still remember the first time I visited one when I was high school. We were visiting different shrines and cathedrals with my campus ministry group. When we entered EDSA shrine (where Mama Mary helped our country end a corrupt dictatorship) I could feel the holiness of His loving presence more than all the Churches we visited that day.
And, for those who cannot be physically present for Eucharistic adoration, the Holy Spirit Adoration Sisters, otherwise know as the “Pink Sisters” because of their rose pink habits, have a live webcam of the Blessed Sacrament exposed (click on the link within the site). Here is the site in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA: http://cloisters.tripod.com/id22.html
If you do not see the Blessed Sacrament, check back later since they do have a schedule: http://www.savior.org/schedule.htm.
I was told Eucharist adoration is to be done in person and not online because you don’t receive the same graces if you did physical adoration in chaple or church rather online is this true. I have been doing online adoration until my confessor told me I should do it being physically present. What are your thoughts on this?
This is an interesting question. First of all, if you’ve been told by your confessor to be physically present for Eucharistic adoration, you ought to do so. My preference would be Eucharistic adoration in person. Think of it this way, would you rather have your friend present to you on-line or in person? Now, apply that to the Lord.
Where it’s not possible to adore in person, because of illness, weather, and other such things, I believe the Holy Spirit Adoration Sisters provide a great service in making the live webcam available to anyone who wishes to adore via this means. There are graces available by this means, too, because it is live. Are they different or the same? That is matter for theologians to determine.
Similarly, if you are watching a Mass on television that is really truly live (not something recorded and then rebroadcast as live) the benefits of the Mass, the graces and blessing given are imparted to all those present, even if by television. For this to happen, the Mass must be taking place at the same time you are viewing it on television.
Hope this helps.
Liz, I disagree with you on this one, but I am doing some checking and WILL let you all know what I find in regard to what the Church teaches about this.
I think we miss the whole point of BEING IN HIS PRESENCE, by trying to attend adoration online. I think the intention is good, but is misguided. My instinct is that we would be better served in prayer and our relationship with God by kneeling before a crucifix to pray in our homes rather than watching a monstrance online.
GOD is with US! He is in US! We can connect with Him in our hearts. We are NOT adoring Jesus, or keeping Him company in His physical presence through online adoration, but only by being physically present where HE is physically present.
In regard to televised Mass…..again, I don’t know what the official teachings are. I see that it can be of benefit to people who are homebound or cannot get to Mass. I also see a danger in people believing that they can watch Mass on TV instead of attending Mass. There are many places where these issues are not addressed and folks are left to decide on their own. I can’t help but wonder how the devil sees these practices.
My humble opinion…..
Becky, when one watches Masses from the Vatican, they will often say that the Holy Father extends the apostolic blessing to all those watching live on television. I have personally experienced this many, many times on EWTN while caring for my mother, physically confined to bed in our home, for a number of years.
WE ARE TO ATTEND MASS IN PERSON. There is no question about this. No one is saying that you can watch Mass on television INSTEAD of being there in person. But, for those that cannot get there physically, the live Mass on television is a great blessing…and so are spiritual communions, as well. Mass on television also offers graces to non-Catholics, too!
As to Eucharistic adoration, it is a wonderful thing. Nevertheless, it is a devotion and not a requirement of our Catholic faith. That said, I strongly recommend Eucharistic adoration in person.
Adoration on-line is NOT a substitute for adoration in person. But, sometimes, people cannot physically be present to adore in person. There are many reasons for this, for example illness, weather, being in a country where it is dangerous to travel to a Catholic church other than for Mass, scheduling conflicts, travel requirements, etc. In that case, adoration on-line is the next best thing. Rest assured that if this were not of benefit to others and if this were not approved by the Church, it would not be offered by such a well-established, cloistered order of nuns, who are loyal to the Magisterium.
Okay, then please, show me the Church teaching.
Since this post is not talking about Mass, can we agree please, to stick to the subject of adoration?
You state: “There are many reasons for this, for example illness, weather, being in a country where it is dangerous to travel to a Catholic church other than for Mass, scheduling conflicts, travel requirements, etc. In that case, adoration on-line is the next best thing.”
Says who?? Where did you learn this?
I mean no disrespect to these sisters, and will happily ‘still my fingers’ on the issue, when you show me that the Church approves of this!!
I have asked the good sisters for details.
My family went out of town for New Years, so I could not attend Mass as much nor visit an adoration chapel. Visiting savior.org was all I could do. I missed Him a lot. And I was so happy just to be able to see Him in the monstrance on the website!
I agree with Teofilo. Its like spiritual communion. God is so very gracious. God understands our limitations and our desires. Why wouldn’t He grant us the graces we need when we cant help it but have to go online instead of in person.
I have no doubt that people are blessed and receive grace through means like this. That’s just how God works.
My concern is that when we make things ‘easy’ and ‘convenient’ for people, the things lose their value.
How sad would it be if the Church decided one day that online adoration was becoming so popular that they stopped having “Real” adoration…..and gave us a website link instead.
Sorry, Jesus isn’t here any more, but you can see a picture of him at http://www………...
I apologize for the sarcasm, (and it is not directed at you ar anyone in particular Mary!), this just really, really bothers me.
There is no difinitive teaching on this that I’ve been able to find. But, from what I gather, it can be used similar to using a holy card with the image of the Eucharist. It would not be the same as being in God’s presents before the Eucharist.
For those that can’t go to Eucharistic Adoration for whatever reason, it’s a chance to at least get to view the exposed Eucharist even if they can’t adore it in person.
“In that case, adoration on-line is the next best thing.”
Says who?? Where did you learn this?”
Yes, Becky. That sentence is perplexing. We need to be very careful not to try and invent new and convenient but Canonically suspect modes of Prayer and Worship in our One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church. Eucharistic Adoration is a very, very serious and Holy encounter with Jesus Christ Himself, Personally which no one should attempt to water down or create shortcuts.
Eucharistic Adoration means visiting the Real Presence of Jesus Christ in the Sacred Host to adore, love and render Him honour, to ask for his help in all our needs and to pray for others. Strictly speaking, it may not be a ‘requirement’ of our Catholic faith, as Liz mentioned but, really, should it have to be ? I have always maintained that if one wishes to establish for oneself just how strong faith in the Real Presence is in any community or parish, all one has to do is to pay a visit to the local church or oratory on any day of the week, outside of Mass times and observe just how many adorers or visitors are present. With few exceptions, in my own humble estimation, the answer is sadly, very few indeed and in many cases no one at all. At other times, I could not help noticing something quite puzzling also and this, at a time when the Blessed Sacrament was exposed for veneration in a monstrance on the altar. I have seen some people enter the church, stop to light some candles and then, one might say, quite literally ignore the Blessed Sacrament and leave ! What is going on, one has to ask and why do so many parish priests and bishops in the country, with some exceptions, of course, fail to give proper leadership to the people in regard to Eucharistic Adoration ?
Don’t be too hard on those who don’t show up for Eucharistic Adoration on your schedule. Over the course of time, many more do come than one would think.
Naturally, it would be great to see an increase in this wonderful devotion. And, yes, more instruction is needed. Perhaps you could start that in your parish as part of the Year of Faith. That would be a terrific initiative.
God bless you and yours in this, Butleralice!
Butleralice, this is where this Cradle Catholic gets thoroughly confused……
“Strictly speaking, it may not be a ‘requirement’ of our Catholic faith, as Liz mentioned but, really, should it have to be ? ”…….
I am left wondering what went wrong in the Holy Mother Church of my birth.
As you read my Responses above, I grew up within the Parish, oh, so many many years ago.The Eucharistic Adoration IS AND HAS ALWAYS BEEN part of the Catholic Church Liturgical Worship. How the notion came that it is not really a “requirement” of our Faith, baffles me completely.
I grew up adoring the Eucharist in the Tabernacle and during Benediction every Sunday afternoon after the Vespers. Every Friday in every Catholic Day and Boarding School which were part of the Parish, was the Day of Adoration. The Holy Mass was celebrated in the morning and Jesus was left exposed in the Monstrance on the Altar the whole day. The Pupils/Students were then allocated – in groups – an Hour for each Group to adore all day long until the Priest came in at 4.30 p.m. for Benediction. How this practice was discontinued, I do not know. All I know is that when my daughters were in Loreto Convent Schools, in 1960′s – 70′s - like I was in Secondary School – the Friday Adoration was there alright.
These are some of the Liturgical Prayers and Worship the Church need to stress and restore – where they have been abandoned – during this Year of Faith.
Hello Mary@42 ! I too, am quite confused and left wondering why there is such a change in my church, particularly in relation to teaching our children about the reality of the Real Presence of Jesus Christ in the Sacred Host, at least, in the sense that these little children should be brought to visit Jesus in the tabernacle, in addition, of course, to having the truths of our faith handed on to them by word of mouth, and parents and teachers and other members of the parish should also be seen to practice Eucharistic Adoration.
Yes, LitEst, the Vatican Holy Mass on Television does – and it is intended – to impart Apostolic Blessings from the Holy Father. Here in our country Kenya, we have Holy Mass on the Catholic Radio Waumini every Sunday and Days of Obligation for those who are in Hospitals and those who are unable to attend Holy Mass personally in Churches due to illness at home. However, Benediction or Adoration would not, I believe, fall into this Category.
I agree with you, Becky, for me, to genuinely feel the Physical Presence of Jesus is to sit before Him in the Blessed Sacrament, during Adoration or at Benediction.
Any other kind of Adoration would simply be simulated or just Spiritual Adoration.
And of course, the Apex of Adoration is when I receive Him in Holy Communion. Then I know His Heart is beating as one with mine, His Divine Blood is mingling with my own blood and His Divine Soul is united with my wounded soul, and healing me all over.
Nothing on Earth can match the depth of graces received and the time and investment of going to Jesus in person, in personal adoration.
That being said, the soul hungers so much for God, and in this hunger, when I have a moment at work, or a half hour lunch and I can’t stay away – I go on savior.org and spend time with Him. It’s not really the same, but He knows that I could be doing a hundred other things that have no value. He knows that I want so much to be with Him and can’t physically go at that moment. It doesn’t replace going to Him in adoration, but it supplements in the times when that’s not possible. We see Him. But more importantly, we are aware that He sees us. It’s important to try to experience Him as much and as often as possible. I’m just zany enough to say – let’s all go crazy and just Adore Jesus all the time, whenever possible, in any way that we are able to do so authentically. :0)The more we Adore Him, the more we are being who and what God created us to be. It gives me joy, but not like getting up, putting on my shoes, grabbing my keys, investing the time in Him – and entering the Church to kneel before my savior and thank Him for being my God. (IMO)
Amen, Tenth Little Leper! Beautifully said!
By the way, love the name!
Patricia, these Sentences resonate very well to me with my understanding of the Eucharistic Adoration from tenth_little_leper:
“……..It’s not really the same, but He knows that I could be doing a hundred other things that have no value. He knows that I want so much to be with Him and can’t physically go at that moment. It doesn’t replace going to Him in adoration, but it supplements in the times when that’s not possible. We see Him. But more importantly, we are aware that He sees us…..”
Now, any comments on what the Spiritual Holy Communion bestows on one when one cannot receive Holy Communion personally??????…….and the value and salvific effects of Sacramentals???????…… yes, tenth_little_leper, in your state of life, what you are doing is a truly Grace-filled Spiritual Adoration……
We are called to study and internalize the Catechism of the Catholic Church. These, and many, many more Pillars of our Faith are fully covered in this – Our “Constitution”
If people will spend just one hour in the presence of Jesus Christ in the Blessed Sacrament once a week or even once a month, they will begin to experience a closeness and intimacy with OurLord that they did not know previously.
adoration of the Blessed Sacrament…- it is when our soul talks to God.. , I do think ., when our soul talks to God we can no hear it.. it is a deep and filling feeling… also in the presence of God things that have attached to us , leave , evil… leaves in the presence of Holyness of God… troubles stop…. alot of them… also… the blesssing with in us… takes place , even sometimes physical healing takes place…. our faith is strenghtened… also.. but as we worship in the same place, each in our own beleif , the place becomes blessed and Holy . adoration in a town can bless town… some places take years, to over come the evil , but blessings , jobs , so on.. the town is blessed. and evil leaves the whole town.. also , I have woke at night seeing a monstence . and host.. different ones.. when God knows we need adoration , our soul does adore God , also , as a lay person , I go to adoration,, then I hear, now go and live a normal life.. to be asked to life a good and holy life in a normal life style is my call in life.. places where God is needed desperately.. and God is forgotten.. .. we are all called to work for God.. He is our food.. the harder we work the more we need food for our souls, faith and daily life… God is everything we need..
Great blog Stephen. My prayers for your wife and baby and all your family.
Thanks for your testimony. Your simple words “He’s waiting for you!” will move others to adore and visit Him.
You’re right KAACD. No one is saying one should adore on-line instead of adoring in person. But, for those who are homebound, for the sick and the infirm, for those in prison, for the isolated, for those in countries where it is dangerous to go to church, for those deployed to war zones, to be able to visit with the Lord on-line is an amazing thing.
I come ton borad to-day quite late, having gone to the Official Opening of our Pastoral Centre in my Rural Parish, about 100 kilometres from Nairobi. During this Opening, the History of how this Parish stated – as it begins to celebrates its 20th Year – was read out during the Eucharistic Celebration. The role which my late father – God rest his soul in Eternal Peace – was mentioned that this Parish was his brain-child way back in 1957, and he donated the initial piece of Land for it to be built as a Local Church of the Ichagaki Parish. I was moved when the history mentioned that during the 2nd World War, when all the Consolata Italian Priests were arrested, my father was left in-charge of Ichagaki Parish for about 7 years.
Listening to Father John and Dan on this Video, brings to mind how as a very young girl we used to sneak to the Church at night and, in total darkness – save for the small lamp by the Tabernacle – we could physically feel the Real Presence of Jesus all around us. That feeling has never left me. Each Catholic Church is alive with our Lord and Master Presence as the Life and Soul, living among us until the End of Time.
And now, in twilight of my life, all I can tell my “Family” is that the Best Time of my life – over and above the Holy Mass – is the two and a half hours I daily spend before the Blessed Sacrament from the Hour of Great Mercy at 3.00 p.m.
Oh, Mary…….I love the visual of you sneaking into the church to spend time with Jesus!
And you know, Becky, this was from year 1 – 8 when we lived in the Parish. Growing up in the Parish atmosphere for a child, with the compassionate and caring Consolata Missionary Sisters as one’s Mentors, is an experience which one cannot really explain. The most cherished and momentous Day of my Life is when I received my 1st Holy Communion in 1945. The waiting for this Day to arrive was palpable….. we felt it was dragging into Eternity!!!!!!
What a blessing!! Maybe you could pray for the grace that children everywhere are able to experience this great joy and anticiaption while preparing for their own first communions.
Yes, Becky. And what we need are well trained Catechists who prepare our kids for this Most Holy Sacrament. That is why I pray with all my heart that Parents will send their children to Catholic Schools where they are taught our Faith from pre-Unit or what we call Nursery Schools. It makes all the difference.
Thanks for defining pre-Unit. You know I would have asked you. Ha! Not only do we get educated on the spiritual life here, we also learn about other countries and customs.
God bless you Mary. You are right. Correct early religious education is a great help to knowing the difference between true and false Catholicism. It also starts even earlier in the home, the Domestic Church.
By the way, are you able to put a picture of yourself here instead of an avatar? I would love to see your face!
Ghee, LizEst……do you really want to see this wrinkled face??????? It is so old!!!!! but I will oblige you.
Thank you, thank you Mary. Yes, I would love to see your face. I am looking forward to it. When I pray for you, I will be able to picture you, too. It’s a great honor to do so.
OK, I have taken the photo with my Web Camera…..I hope it will come on…..that is, if I know how to append it to this Website!!!!!!!!!!!
Looking forward to it!
I hope that I am not being uncharitable when I express the opinion here, that in my own native land, the Republic of Ireland, the numbers receiving Holy Communion regularly, outnumber, by at least a hundred to one, those frequenting the Sacrament of Confession. An exaggeration ? I don’t honestly think so. And while I am on the subject, when did you
last hear a priest exhort his parishioners to go to confession more often or extol the wonderful graces attached to this great sacrament ? However, having said that, I am sure there are exceptions out there. And whatever happened to confession at least once a year?
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