The Church remains open only when parishioners have volunteered to sign up to adore, all are invited to visit our Lord in Adoration. Can you spend an hour with your Lord? Call the Parish Office for more information.
What is Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament?
Eucharistic Adoration is a Catholic devotion in which the Blessed Sacrament is exposed in the monstrance on the Altar for veneration and adoration. Guardians of the Blessed Sacrament commit to spending a quiet hour of prayer in the Real Presence of Christ, once a week.
We are blessed at Church of the Annunciation to provide Eucharist Adoration. The Blessed Sacrament is reposed during the daily Holy Mass and between the Sunday Vigil and Sunday evening Holy Masses.
Within the chapel there are certain rules which are observed to maintain proper prayer of adoration. The chapel maintains the rule of “grand silence” which is a monastic practice. There are no communal prayers celebrated within the chapel unless scheduled by the Pastor and each person prays in silence. Before entering the Chapel, one is required to sign in using the book located on the table in the back of the chapel. All visitors to the chapel are required to sign in. There is another book for petitions. In it, you may write down the things you are praying for and often times other people will also take your intentions with them in prayer. In the back of the chapel you will find bookshelves which contain spiritual reading material to enhance your prayer and meditation. There you will find the sacred scriptures of the Bible, the writings of Saints and various prayer books to assist your growth and formation as a Catholic. We ask you not to remove the books from the Adoration Chapel. Please do not add books to the shelves since they must go through a review process before being made available to the faithful who visit the Adoration Chapel.
What are the good reasons for establishing Eucharist Adoration?
To provide an easy, attractive, and practical way of rendering God adoration, which is His due as our Creator, of giving Him thanks for our redemption, of making reparation for our sins and the sins of mankind; of petitioning the good God for the constant help we need. To show our gratitude to our Lord for remaining among us in our tabernacles, and to make at least some atonement for the many sacrileges, indifferences, and ingratitude which He receives in His Sacrament of Love.
What spiritual benefits and graces can be attributed to the establishment of a parish Adoration program?
- an increase in Mass attendance and reception of the sacraments;
- return of fallen-away Catholics and increase in the number of conversions;
- increase in religions and priestly vocations;
- renewal of Catholic family life;
- spiritual level of the people is raised with a resulting desire and courage to spread the “good news” to others;
- a greater community spirit, centered as it is on the heart of the parish, Jesus’ presence in the Blessed Sacrament.
“You dwell in our altars, hidden in the consecrated Host, where you wait and sweetly invite souls to win them to your love. From the tabernacle you seem to say to us all: “Oh people, why do you not come to me, who love you so much? I do not come to judge you! I have hidden myself in this Sacrament of Love only to do good and to console all who have recourse to me:” I understand, O Lord; love has made you our prisoner; the passionate love you have for us has so bound you that it does not permit you to leave us.”
– Father Gabriel of Saint Mary Magdalen. O.C.D.
“Adoration means entering the depths of our hearts in communion with the Lord, who makes Himself bodily present in the Eucharist. In the monstrance, He always entrusts Himself to us and asks us to be united with His Presence, with His risen Body. “
– Pope Benedict XVI Emeritus