I signed up for 1 hour of adoration on Thursday. This is something totally new for me and I’m a bit nervous, honestly. What do I DO for that hour? I can’t imagine praying for 1 hour straight… and I don’t want my mind to wander so instead of focusing on our Lord, I’m thinking about what I’m going to cook on Easter and whether my girls need new tights to match their dresses?
Are there things I can actually “do” that would keep my mind where it belongs, and if so, what are they?
You can certainly take your Bible and read and pray with it. You can read any or all of the four Gospel accounts of the Passion of the Lord. You can read the 53rd chapter of Isaiah, which is the prophecy of the Suffering Servant. You can read and pray some Psalms.
You can also say the Rosary or the Divine Mercy Chaplet, if these are familiar and appealing to you.
It would be good to try and quiet yourself for at least a little while, perhaps after you’ve settled in with some of the reading, just in case Jesus has something to tell you.
You’ll be surprised at how quickly the hour passes.
And, yes, the girls do need new tights to go with their Easter dresses. Buy them now so you don’t have to think about them on Holy Thursday!
Well praying for one hour doesn’t really sound like a bad way to go, although I can see why in the slam bam culture that we live in actually giving a solid hour to God might be difficult for many to actually do.
Try this. Take your rosary, unless of course you are one of the new breed of Catholics who object to the roasry as being un biblical and possibly blasphemous, and say a full one. All the way. All the mysteries maybe even the luminous ones. That should take you at a minimum about forty five to fifty five minutes, maybe even longer:thumbsup:
If you do object to the rosary as many apparently do, there are other options. Bring a Bible and read for an hour but if you would have trouble praying for an hour reading scripture for an hour is probably unattainable as well. You could bring along a Missal and pray a Mass and that should take most of the hour, but then again there is that praying issue.
A lot of people meditate for the entire hour while others just bring knitting or a good novel. Some spend the hour on their knees in silent adoration while other sit and sleep. Yes I know hard to believe but quite a few do just that. Actually Bishop Fulton Sheen relates that he did exactly that on several occasions and didn’t even realize that he did it.
A certain amount of mind-wandering is totally natural when you start adoration. It is not something that comes naturally, but practice will make you better. I usually begin by praying the rosary, then a little bible reading. I am often surprised by how often I am praying the rosary and meditating on the mysteries when I want to re-read the section of the bible that most directly relates to the mystery I am praying. But I hold off the urge and wait until I have completed all the decades before my Bible reading. It helps me focus on the rosary and gives me a direct passage to find in the Bible.
I’ve never been one of those people that can open up the Book and read anywhere. I kind of need some direction and a goal to my reading.
Some regular adorers will use their adoration time to study any kind of religious material. They will read Church history books or Saint biographies or the like. I don’t know if that would suit every person or situation, but it happens.
There are Catholics who object to the rosary? :eek: I can’t imagine. Thankfully I am not one of them. I love the rosary… but it’s never taken me 45 minutes to say it so maybe I’m not saying it correctly?
I would not have trouble reading the Bible for 1 hour. And I’m not opposed to praying for 1 hour… it’s just I know me… and my mind wanders - and I didn’t want that.