March 23: Adoration

As Catholics, we receive the Eucharist during Mass. However, there is another opportunity for us to experience the Blessed Sacrament through Eucharistic Adoration. The Catechism of the Catholic Church explains the importance of incorporating adoration into our prayers to God: “Adoration is the first attitude of man acknowledging that he is a creature before his Creator. It exalts the greatness of the Lord who made us and the almighty power of the Savior who sets us free from evil. Adoration is homage of the spirit to the ‘King of Glory,’ respectful silence in the presence of the ‘ever greater’ God. Adoration of the thrice-holy and sovereign God of love blends with humility and gives assurance to our supplications.” (CCC 2628).

Please join us each Thursday at Holy Cross church for Adoration: Mass & Exposition at 8:30am; Adoration all day; the Final Blessing (Benediction) at 8:30pm.


According to the late Bishop Fulton Sheen: “The holy hour of prayer in Jesus’ Presence, in our modern rat race, is necessary for authentic prayer. Our world is one of speed in which intensity of movement is a substitute for lack of purpose; where noise is invoked to drown out the whisperings of conscience; where talk, talk, talk gives the impression that we are doing something when really we are not; where activity kills self-knowledge won by contemplation… There seems to be so little in common between our involvement with the news of the world and the ‘Stranger’ in whose Presence we find ourselves. The hour in Adoration means giving up a golf game or a cocktail party, or a nap…Sometimes it is hard, but it is spiritually fruitful – beyond our dreams.”

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