Eucharistic Adoration

Eucharistic Adoration

 

Eucharistic Adoration is held

Thursdays from 9:00 AM to 9:00 PM in the Chapel. 

Rosary at 8:30 PM.

 

Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament

at Saint Michael the Archangel Parish

 

Jesus Christ is always present and active in His Church: in the celebration of the Sacred Liturgy, the teaching of the faith, the apostolic work of the Church’s ministers and people – indeed in the whole life of the Church, which is His Mystical body. As Sacrosanctum Concilium (the Second Vatican Council’s document on the Sacred Liturgy) teaches:

The Second Vatican Council, suggests the four ways in which Jesus is present in the Liturgy: (1) in the person of the priest, who stands in the person of Christ, the Head of the Body, the Church; (2) in the assembly of Christ’s faithful gathered to worship God; (3) in the Word of God proclaimed; and (4) especially in his Body and Blood, under the form of bread and wine, in the Eucharist.

The Eucharist is the source and summit of our Christian life, as Vatican II teaches. In the Eucharist, Christ is present to us in a unique way.

During Eucharistic Adoration, the Blessed Sacrament (a Host consecrated at Mass) is displayed in a special vessel called a Monstrance (from the Latin verb monstrare, “to show”). The Monstrance is placed on the Altar for the adoration of the faithful, who come to pray and to spend time resting in the Lord’s presence.

There is an intimate connection between Mass and Eucharistic Adoration. The Host consecrated at Mass is adored outside Mass. Jesus, who becomes present with us at Mass, remains with us and shares Himself with us when we come to adore Him.

Often, a period of Adoration is concluded with a ritual called Benediction. Benediction includes a hymn, a verse and prayer, a blessing with the Monstrance, and the Divine Praises, a special prayer of praise to God and of honor to Mary and the Saints. The priest holds the Monstrance with a special vestment called a Humeral Veil.

For a study of the history of Eucharistic Adoration in the life of the Church,please read the work of Father John A. Hardon, S. J. at:

The Real Presence

Please consider coming to pray and spend time with Our Lord, present in the Blessed Sacrament. Eucharistic Adoration at Saint Michael Church is held every Thursday from 9:00 am to 9:00 pm, in the Daily Mass Chapel, unless otherwise announced. When the priest is available, Benediction is celebrated at 8:45 pm.