"Adoration is the first attitude of man acknowledging that he is a creature before his Creator. It exalts the greatness of the Lord who made us and the almighty power of the Savior who sets us free from evil. Adoration is homage of the spirit to the "King of Glory," respectful silence in the presence of the "ever greater" God. Adoration of the thrice-holy and sovereign God of love blends with humility and gives assurance to our supplications."
--Catechism of the Catholic Church, no. 2628
What is Eucharistic Adoration? Understood simply, Eucharistic Adoration is adoring or honoring the Eucharistic Presence of Christ. In a deeper sense, it involves "the contemplation of the Mystery of Christ truly present before us". During Eucharistic Adoration, we "watch and wait", we remain "silent" in His Presence and open ourselves to His Graces which flow from the Eucharist ... By worshiping the Eucharistic Jesus, we become what God wants us to be! Like a magnet, The Lord draws us to Himself and gently transforms us. In its fullest essence ... Eucharistic Adoration is "God and Man reaching out for each other, at the same time!"
The importance of Eucharistic Adoration is shown in the fact that the Church has a ritual that regulates it: the Rite of Eucharistic Exposition and Benediction. This is an extension of the adoration of the Blessed Sacrament which occurs in every Mass: "Behold the Lamb of God, behold him who takes away the sins of the world. Blessed are those called to the supper of the Lamb." Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament flows from the sacrifice of the Mass and serves to deepen our hunger for Communion with Christ and the rest of the Church.The Rite concludes with the ordained minister blessing the faithful with the Blessed Sacrament.
Holy hours are the Roman Catholic devotional tradition of spending an hour in Eucharistic Adoration in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament. The bishops have created a variety of holy hours that focus our prayer to Jesus Christ on peace, life, vocations, and other topics that are at the heart of the life of the Church and the world
A Prayer of Adoration
O God, we believe you are here.
We adore you and love you
with our whole heart and soul
because you are most worthy
of all our love.
We desire to love you
as the blessed do in heaven.
Flood our souls with your spirit and life.
Penetrate and possess
our whole being utterly,
that our lives may only be
a radiance of yours.
Shine through us, and be so in us
that every soul we come in contact with
may feel your presence in our soul."
Saint Theresa of Calcutta, Magnificat prayer card
Adoration at St. Theresa Church
Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament takes place every Friday following the 8:30 AM Mass and ends 12:00 noon.
We invite you to take a few minutes out of your day each week to spend with Jesus Christ, the Lord of heaven and earth.
Holy Hour with Christ
We invite you to consider signing up for specific hour of prayer, while Christ is exposed during Adoration. If you are interested in committing to a specific Holy Hour each week, please email Briand Wade