I just would like to know some statistics about adoration. Praise the Lord, Emmanual, God is with us.
I just would like to know some statistics about adoration. Praise the Lord, Emmanual, God is with us.
I try to go every Friday, but sadly I can only stay there for a TINY bit because of classes. My class is from 8:30 to 9:20, and Adoration is until 9:30.. I used to run to the church for around 5 minutes :p Next term though, I'll be able to go for longer :)
Also, next term we'll hopefully have an hour of Adoration on campus, once a month! :D yay! :)
I was thinking..what do we do if there's no opportunity to go to Adoration. One option is to go and pray before the Tabernacle...this would please Our Lord very much because He's there all alone. If the church is closed, - lol some people have even prayed outside the church :D (I think one of the Saints did this? in the cold and the rain.. wow!)
I go when I can, which may be a couple of times a month or once every couple of months. Last year, during Lent, I tried to go once a week, but that was sometimes very difficult. The time, I spend there, though is priceless.
In a few years when my kids are grown…maybe then.
and for those who are unable to leave their home at all, there’s also this:
For Night Adoration in the Home
By Father Mateo, Its Founder
More than twenty years ago I launched my first appeal to generous souls to watch one hour at night in the home in reparation to the Sacred Heart for the sins of families. Mv invitation was intended for a chosen few - faithful friends of the Sacred Heart - the “little flock” of adorers who, once a month would offer consolation to the Master during the hours of the night, when He is so outraged and insulted by the sins of His so-called “friends.”
The response to the first appeal was overwhelming: a veritable Palm Sunday of “Hosannas” to the King, rising from thousands and thousands of family sanctuaries all over the world, sanctuaries wherein an army of Night Adorers is watching during the night in a spirit of love, of social reparation and apostolate. Truly, we may say an army of perpetual adorers who, “from the rising of the sun until the going down thereof,” in union with the priests offering the Holy Sacrifice of Mass, are making reparation for the sins of men.
Here in this great country, the number of Night Adorers is already well over the one hundred thousand mark, and perhaps even higher than we realize, for there are many who sacrifice an hour of their sleep each month and even more often, whose names are known only to the Sacred Heart.
If, twenty years ago, I was convinced of the necessity and importance of penance in the sanctuary of the home itself, I am convinced now more than ever before. The attack on the home, the last line of defense of Christian civilization, has been intensified, and pagan ways and pagan customs have invaded the homes that should be other Nazareths, to such an extent that many - far too many - superficial Catholic families are lifting their voices with those of the enemies of Christ: “We will not have this man reign over us!” If reparation is not made by penance for this modern betrayal, in the home itself, then may we expect and fear the swift punishment of a merciful but just God avenging the sacrilegious violation of a sanctuary consecrated by the Incarnation and Birth of His own Divine Son.
I say that 1 am more than ever convinced of the necessity of penance in the home itself. Naturally I praise and admire the great effort being made on all sides to develop the Eucharistic spirit in the church, and while I heartily applaud this splendid Christian idea, I must say that I cling more strongly still to the no less high ideal of Eucharistic Adoration in the home. Those really acquainted with the spirit of reparation of our crusade, and its transcendent importance in the home, will readily understand the “why” of this preference on my part for the Eucharistic Adoration within the family circle.
**Not every one is able to make the hour of Eucharistic Adoration in the church, particularly at night. Must they be deprived, then, of the honor and privilege of consoling the Divine Prisoner, alone and forsaken in so many tabernacles? By no means! **In the sanctuary of their homes, let them prostrate themselves in spirit before the tabernacle, and, in union with the Priests who at that moment, in some part of the world, are offering the Sacrifice of Calvary to the Trinity, let them adore, praise, petition and atone in the name of their own and other families who offend and sadden the Sacred Heart by their daily denial of His rights as King.
I think there is no stronger, no better way to stress the beauty and necessity of family prayer, of penance and Eucharistic spirit, than by developing this threefold spirit in the home where the Sacred Heart has been enthroned in spirit and in truth. I would even dare affirm that the truest Catholic families are those that have understood the beauty and the duty of offering the homage of prayer and penance in the sanctuary of the home, where the family lives, struggles and where we die.
Once more then, Christian fathers and mothers, sons and daughters - all you who love the Sacred Heart, Priests and Sisters as well as the Laity, once more I appeal to you in His Name and for His outraged honor and glory, make reparation in a spirit of generous love and penance, for the fatal modern social apostasy of the home.
Will you not offer to watch one hour once a month with the Adorable Master during His mortal agony to which He is everywhere subject? Is it asking too much of you to sacrifice one hour of your sleep once a month to console the sorrowful Heart of the King, when so many are devoting hours and even entire nights to sins which afflict and insult Him? Is not this the least we can offer? Prove that you are His faithful friends!
I have never been disappointed in American Catholics, and I am convinced that I will not be disappointed now. To the thousands already giving consolation to the King, many more will come to Him as did the consoling Angel in the Garden of Olives. But - and this is most important - only generous and fervent souls are wanted, not those who think to console Him by night and insult Him by day, or those who try to make up in one hour for the offenses they have committed during the rest of the month.
And this is particularly true of those so-called Christian women, who by their pagan attitude, especially as regards dress, are piercing the Heart of Christ and His Blessed Mother. I am appealing to a select few now, as I appealed before. It is not the crowds of Palm Sunday we want, but the little band of faithful friends who stood by the Cross of Jesus as He died amid the taunts and insults of His own people. To them I stretch out my hands, pleading in the name of the Divine Outcast…what is your answer?
Rev. Mateo Crawley-Boevey, SS.CC.
(this is approved by the Church Fr Mateo even got the approval of the Holy Father to do this)
I soo agree with you in this. May Jesus bless us all by His holy and living presence.
We can say hi to Jesus whenever walking by a Catholic church, tell Him we love Him, and even make the sign of the Cross. (as long as this is done for the Lord and not to get attention.)
I am fortunate enough to live close a church that has Perpetual Adoration. I go there very often, and have my own hour. I also work close to a church that has Adoration on Friday afternoons, so I go there as well.
“could you not keep watch one hour with me?” Matthew 26:40
This sign is posted at most of the adorations chapels that I have been to. I must say that there is a reason why our Lord would ask this of us.
For me, personally, I have to say that the time I have spent in adoration has been extremely blessed. In the presence of the Lord, there is healing and love. Fullness of joy for days to come.
You need a few more choices in between "once a week" and "not very often". ;)
ahh, I think you are right. I can’t change it now but I would have added “once in a while” between those two choices.
God bless you.
I am on a schedule at one chapel that has adoration two days a month. I also try to get on the schedule for 40 hour devotions when they come around.
It's more than "once is a while" but not always weekly. :D
I try to go at least twice a week, and sometimes I go more often. Whenever I feel really down or if I’m feeling particularly weak, going before Our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament has been a great joy for me.
I’m not Catholic…well not yet. I’m in RCIA and one of the reasons I chose the parish I’m in is because they have an adoration chapel where we have continuous adoration. It has been such a blessing in my life.
I go every Thursday for an hour. It has had and continues to have a profound impact on my faith. Also it's great for us RCIAers who are not able to receive yet.
I know this is not the same as actually being there, but I think this is a cool idea (especially if a person can’t leave their home)…
sometimes when I’m on the internet, and remember about this, I open this website:
I find it gives me peace, especially if I’m studying for an exam or something like that, because it’s a reminder of Him
Just for the record, I almost almost had to vote for the last option just to make people say "what the heck?!?!" LOL
Anyway. I voted "not very often" when really I should have put "not at all." I am a convert from a very strict protestant division that forbade almost all images, statues, even most paintings. While I am now catholic, I still carry a lot of baggage from this. I feel so utterly uncomfortable in any kind of adoration setting. I have been seeing a priest about this, and he as well as many others are praying for me and offering support to overcome this, and I hope to one day be able to adore the blessed sacrament without feeling as though I were committing some atrocious sin.
I have even been talking to the liturgy committee about starting a musical/worship and adoriation service sometime around lent or shortly thereafter. I would be playing an instrument for it and singing, so while I will still be worshiping God and participating in adoration, I wouldn't be directly involved, and this makes me more at ease. Plus, since I am in the environment I would be desensitized and able to participate in adoration more. They are also seeing this as a tremendous blessing since there are a lot of people in my situation who have converted and still have this hangup. :thumbsup:
Whitacre_Girl, :hug1: that must have been a difficult transition for you. I'm a convert from Protestantism also but I was baptized Eastern Orthodox as a child so I was more used to images when I came into the Church. I dont know if this will help at all, but maybe try to think of it this way.. when you're looking at the Eucharist, you're not looking at an image of Jesus. It's really Him. Of course, you can't see Him, and He takes on the outward appearance of bread.. (for our sake, so we can receive Communion)
but if you close your eyes, it's just as if you're kneeling before Jesus when He was on earth 2000 years ago :) or, if you He appeared to you now. He's physically present there. Maybe it would be better to spend some time with Him in Adoration but with your eyes closed? perhaps that way it would be easier to feel like you're worshipping Jesus and not an image of Him
Oh yes, I know it’s really him. I have to remind myself continually of that at eucharist. Unfortunatly to kneel and worship creates a pre-programmed knee-jerk reaction that makes me unbelievably uncomfortable. It’s just gunna take some time to get over, that’s all. Thank you for your kind words, though!!
that’s understandable when I first started going to Adoration, I would just sit there and “be” in His presence, not worshipping or adoring or saying anything. I didn’t even know what I could say. It takes some time getting used to… God bless
I am very blessed to live 1 1/2 miles from a church that has Adoration during the week. I am able to go the 6:30 a.m. Mass in the morning on my way to work, and to stop by the Adoration Chapel on my way home from work. Being able to 'bookend' my work day with worship and adoration is such a tremendous blessing!!
I adore the Blessed Sacrament once a week as I am a scheduled adorer at our local perpetual adoration chapel.