Exposition of the Eucharist

Exposition is from 11:00am Sunday to 10:00am. Saturday. This is an hour a week where you can refresh your soul by praying in the Presence of Jesus. Anytime we spend before our Lord Jesus in prayer, we receive abundant grace for our families and Church. Would you watch for just one hour?

 

What is exposition of the Blessed Sacrament?

Exposition is the placement of the sacred host outside the tabernacle for public adoration. This can take many forms. The simplest form is the opening of the tabernacle doors. Another form is the removal of the sacred vessels from the tabernacle for a more prominentand visible placement. The Church also permits a "full" exposition, when the sacred host is clearly visible in a vessel called a "monstrance." Perpetual Adoration is a devotion whereby members of a given parish unite in taking hours of adoration before the Most Blessed Sacrament, both during the day and night, seven days a week.

What are the fruits of Eucharistic adoration?

People who observe Eucharistic adoration experience a deeper devotion to Jesus, and this manifests itself in countless ways. The primary fruits are repentance and conversion which lead to increased charity - that is, the love of Christ alive in his people. The adoration of Jesus in the Eucharist also leads to greater reverence at Mass, a deeper desire for personal holiness, and a stronger sense of union with the parish and the whole Church. Ever since the early centuries of Christianity, the Church has linked Eucharistic devotion to service to the poor. More recently, the practice has lead to an increase in vocations to the priesthood, diaconate and religious life.

What is proper etiquette during Eucharistic adoration?

When we are not taking part in vocal prayers and hymns with other adorers, we should be praying silently. Whenever we pass before the place where the sacred host is reserved, we should genuflect. We should observe the modest dress and decorum that are appropriate to very solemn occasions. We should avoid any actions that might disturb or distract others or draw attention to ourselves rather than Jesus.

How should we pray during Eucharistic adoration?

There are many ways to pray. We may meditate silently by gazing on the sacred host. We may silently speak to Jesus from our mind and heart. We may also rely on devotions and prayers from Catholic tradition, such as the reading of Scripture, recitation of the rosary, or the litanies. When two or more are gathered before the Sacrament, they may pray or sing hymns together.

What is the best way to promote Eucharistic adoration?

The best way to promote Eucharistic adoration is by doing it! Make frequent visits to Jesus at the tabernacle. Invite your spouse, your children, your neighbors, and co-workers to join you. As the Catechism of the Catholic Church reminds us, "Because Christ himself is present in the sacrament of the altar, He is to be honored with the worship of adoration. "To visit the Blessed Sacrament is...a proof of gratitude, an expression of love, and a duty of adoration toward Christ our Lord"(CCC 1418).

A few Reasons for Perpetual Adoration.

Perpetual adoration helps people to be more personally involved with Christ.  This is the way to have a truly personal relationship with Jesus.

"Every hour you spend with Jesus will be recorded in heaven and retold throughout eternity" Mother Teresa of Calcutta

Crime and violence: "We had prostitution and drugs being sold right out in front of our church.  When we took on Perpetual adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, this all stopped.  When our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament is exposed on the altar, crime leaves that area.  I am convinced of that",  Fr. James Swenson, pastor of St. Bridget Catholic Church, Las Vegas

Salvation:  By going to Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament we help to save souls.  Blessed Dina Belanger, a Canadian  nun, was told by Jesus in a vision that through her holy hours of prayer a multitude of sinners go to heaven who otherwise would have gone to hell - -because one person can make up for what is lacking in the lives of others and win graces for their salvation.

Pope Pius X said that "the work of perpetual adoration is superior to all other religious practices.  It is the work of works - - the source of all works.