Adoration May 8, 2008

Fellow Vox Nova contributor, Soutenus, wrote a post on her blog about her experience with Adoration and her son.

I have been feeling the urge lately to add adoration into my life. Something about just having silence and quiet and being in Christ’s presence that pulls me.

I am interested to know, do you have Adoration stories to tell? How has Adoration changed your life? Your family’s life?

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  • Well, I really don’t have stories to tell — but I would like to point out that there might be several ways to do adoration, or the kind of worship associated with it, to add to the possibilities one might consider. In the East (as you probably know RCM but others might not) it is understood that veneration of Christ via an icon is the same as giving him veneration in person: the type (image) is associated and one with the prototype (Christ) that one can, through an image, give adoration to Christ. This is indeed the normal way Easterners give adoration: the eucharist is seen as special, primarily for consumption, although liturgical adoration does also occur (in the pre-sanctified liturgy).

    The reason I bring this up is — having a nice icon corner, especially for a household, could be a good way for one to encourage adoration for a busy family, and allow people to do so in their own time.

  • jh

    The link is not working 🙁

  • jh, here you go

  • I guess I did more Eucharistic adoration when I was in high school up to my sophomore year in college than I do now. I tend to get really busy (and sometimes lazy) but it is at these times when we need to safeguard silence. I think 15 mins of silence is good. Silence is not a time to re-energize nor is it a time when I can escape from the world. It is a time when I can ask Christ to become everything in my life, to ask him to come to me so that he can come to the world through me. It is at the moments of silence when I can understand that everything I do belongs to Christ. And that is why I can go do my schoolwork understanding why I do it. But silence is not there so that I can be motivated to do work, but rather, it is a means to understand my heart and its desire; prayer is an expression of desire. By understanding my desire, I understand the world better, I see reality as a sacramental presence of the One who loves me.

    Finally, there is an intrinsic relationship between silence and friendship. It is through silence that I can be attentive to the heart, the criterion for understanding reality. The way I listen to people, the way I talk to people, then, comes from the heart. The heart sees the other as loved by Christ. It moves the person to love the person’s Destiny. Only when we listen to the beatings of the heart can we really understand why it beats: it is gazed by that merciful look which pities on our nothingness.

  • Greg

    I used to get up at 4:30am morning to be at Church by 5:15 am for Holy Hour followed by Mass at 6:15 am. On Saturdays, I would be at the Adoration Chapel in Arlington by 6:30am followed by Mass at 7:30am. Sundays, I would get to Church at 6:30am for Holy Hour followed by Mass at 7:30am. While these were not strictly Adoration as the Blessed Sacrament was not exposed, it was still an incredibly intense & happy time in my life. I am married now with children so I am not able to keep that same schedule but I hope to go back someday when the children are older. I am convinced it will make me a great saint.

  • radicalcatholicmom

    Link Fixed. Thanks, Victor!

  • When I was just out of high school, I used to visit the Blessed Sacrament on my way home from a friend’s house at St Dominic’s in Benicia, California.

    I have very pleasant memories of passing time there late on winter evenings in my late teens. All the lights off… the smell of candles and old wood… soft, sacred darkness and holy silence broken only by the old church’s creaks and the soft hiss of the heater… Christ Present and available, and me in quiet, adoring love with Him.

    I think I just talked myself into a visit tonight. 🙂

  • RCM, no problem, happy to help, peace

    Greg, whether the Eucharist is exposed or not, adoration of the Blessed Sacrament in the tabernacle or on the Altar in a monstrance/ciboria is still adoration, (if not exposed then it was not exposition) but both are still valid worship of the Lord in the Eucharist and still both equally effecatious. Isn’t the spiritual life great? Glad you had those wonderful experiences of the Lord.

    MT, thanks for the wonderful word picture, hope your visit went well.

    FWIW…Todd Flowerday over at Catholic Sensibility has had some excellent posts up about Holy Communion and the Worship of the Eucharist Outside of Mass (HCWEOM) which are well worth a read.

    enjoy this Ascension time as we await the Holy Spirit
    peace to all

  • Jen

    Our parish has exposition from 8AM to 6PM every Thursday of the year. I take my 3 year old and we spend an hour before the Blessed Sacrament every week. Mostly older retired people are there but I often see a USPS truck in the parking lot and the mail man spending his lunch break (I assume) in the Real Presence. How cool is that?