Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament
What is Eucharistic Adoration?
Roman Catholics believe that during the Mass which we attend each week or daily, the priest (during the consecration) speaks these words as he holds the communion host, “…He took bread and gave you thanks. He broke the bread, gave it to his disciples, and said: Take this all of you, and eat it: this is my body which will be given up for you.” When the priest says “this is my body,” it is at that instant when, through the miracle of transubstantiation, the bread and wine which we offer as the bloodless sacrifice to our Lord truly become the Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Jesus. It is His true presence in the form of bread and wine. It is Jesus Christ.
Perpetual Adoration is when the priest takes a consecrated host, such as the one described above, and places it in a monstrance. The monstrance is then placed in front of the tabernacle or on the altar of the church or chapel for adoration.
What do we do during Adoration?
You may sign up to be an “adorer” which allows you to schedule yourself for one or more hours per week to pray before the very presence of Our Lord, exposed in the monstrance. It means that you can have some time alone with Jesus to recite your favorite prayers, read Scripture, contemplate acts of faith, hope, charity, or offer any prayers that you might hold in your heart. You can just sit and say nothing simply keeping Him company, just as you would with a dear friend.
When is Adoration scheduled at Chaminade?
Perpetual Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament is scheduled at various times throughout the year. See the Campus Ministry Calendar for updates on those days. All parents and student body are encouraged to spend some time with Jesus in the Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament.
If you have any questions or would like to schedule a time for Adoration, please contact the Campus Ministry office.