Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament occurs regularly at St. Monica in the church during the following times:
Tuesday: 6-7pm (during Advent and Lent)
What is Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament?
The Most Holy Eucharist, or the Blessed Sacrament, is the "source and summit of the Christian life." In the Holy Mass, Jesus is truly made present in the Eucharist - Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity. When we receive Jesus in the Eucharist, we are given a foretaste of the heavenly reality for which we are made: complete and eternal intimacy with God.
Dating back to her earliest days, the Church has offered and encouraged Adoration of Jesus' Real Presence in the Eucharist, not only during Mass, but also in the solemn veneration by the faithful. Today, we continue this devotion to Our Lord's Eucharistic heart through Eucharistic Adoration, or Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. In Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, we come before Jesus in the Eucharist, seeking to know Him, love Him, and serve Him more fully. We spend time in His presence praying and simply being with Him. We recognize His sacrifice of love, poured out on the cross, made truly present in the Eucharist.
During Adoration, the Eucharist is often exposed on the altar in a special vessel called a monstrance. The term, monstrance, stems from the Latin, monstrare, which means, "to show." In Eucharistic Adoration, Jesus shows Himself to the faithful, and we show ourselves to Him in return, allowing Him to transform our lives.
While there is a special Rite of Eucharistic Exposition and Benediction used during Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, Jesus' Real Presence may also be adored when the Eucharist is reposed in the tabernacle. When the tabernacle lamp is lit, this signifies that the Eucharist is present inside.
As we come before Our Lord in the Eucharist - made present through the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, exposed during Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, or reposed in the tabernacle - we are able to draw near to Him, answering his call: "Be with me."