Adoration

" God dwells in our midst, in the Blessed Sacrament of the altar. "

 

-St. Maximilian Kolbe

 

 

We are blessed to have the Blessed Sacrament Chapel at St. Max open and available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  You can enter it from the outside following the path at the very south side of our capus.

 

Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament takes place on Thursdays (9:00 AM - 7:00 PM), First Fridays (9:00 AM - 5:00 PM) and Mondays of Lent and Advent (9:00 AM - 5:00 PM).  

 

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What is Adoration?

Have you ever stopped to consider that the same God you kneel before in Adoration, is the same God that the Magi traveled to adore?  Just as the Magi followed the star “and came to do Him homage” (Matthew 2:2), during Adoration of Our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament, we come to worship Jesus 2000 years later.  

According to the CCC 2096, “Adoration is the first act of the virtue of religion.  To adore God is to acknowledge Him as God, as the Creator and Savior, the Lord and Master of everything that exists, as infinite and merciful love.”

Adoration of Our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament may take place in two ways. When the Blessed Sacrament is placed in a Monstrance on the altar, it is called Eucharistic Adoration or Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament.  If the Blessed Sacrament is not exposed and placed in the Tabernacle, it is simply called Adoration.  These terms can be shortened as Exposition and Adoration.  When Jesus is present in the Monstrance on the altar, there must be 2 people present at all times.  Benediction refers to the brief ceremony at the end of Exposition when Jesus is returned to the Tabernacle.  Guidelines for Adoration at St. Maximilian Kolbe Church can be found under resources or here.

Getting Started

The most important thing for you to remember about Adoration is that Our Lord is happy you are spending time with Him.  In the beginning, you may be unsure of what you are to do during this time. To help you get started, we have listed ideas from a pamphlet from Our Sunday Visitor.

  • Pray the Psalms or Liturgy of the Hours
  • Recite the “Jesus Prayer” by saying “Lord Jesus, have mercy on me, a sinner” to quiet your heart and mind
  • Meditate using Scripture
  • Read the life of a saint and pray with him or her
  • Pour out your heart to Christ and adore Him
  • Ask for forgiveness and intercede for others
  • Pray the Rosary
  • Sit quietly and just “be” in the presence of God

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Debby Kellner

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