Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament
The Blessed Sacrament is a devotional name used in the Roman Catholic Church to refer to the Host and Eucharistic wine after it has been consecrated at the celebration of the sacrament of the Eucharist and is no longer bread and wine, but the Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity of Christ, who is transubstantiated in it. (The Catholic Church teaches that the substance or reality of the bread is changed into that of the body of Christ and the substance of the wine into that of his Blood while the outward appearances are not changed.)
Catholics believe in the Real Presence of Jesus Christ in the Eucharistic elements of the bread and wine and therefore, practice Eucharistic reservation (in the Tabernacle) and Eucharistic Adoration.
Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament is not something new. It is a centuries-old practice rooted in an essential teaching of Catholic Christianity: Jesus Christ is truly and completely present in the Eucharist.
The Blessed Sacrament can also be exposed (displayed) on an Altar in a monstrance. A monstrance is the vessel used in Roman Catholic, Old Catholic and Anglican churches for the more convenient exhibition of some object of piety, such as the consecrated Eucharistic host during Eucharistic adoration or Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament. It is also used as a reliquary monstrance for the public display of relics of some saints.
The Blessed Sacrament may be received by Baptized Catholics who have received the Sacrament of First Holy Communion as part of the Liturgy of the Eucharist during Mass. Roman Catholics believe that the soul of the person receiving the Eucharist should be in a “state of grace”, i.e., have no mortal sin in their soul at the time of communion (Matt 5:23-24).
Prayer and meditation before our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament are great ways to spend some special time with Him. You can ask Him for graces for yourself or for loved ones, reflect on His Word, or just keep Him company! And it’s no bother for Jesus. In fact, He very much wants to see you!
Jesus waits for us in this Sacrament of Love. “In the sacred Host, He is present, the true treasure, always waiting for us. Only by adoring this Presence do we learn how to receive Him properly.”
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!”
Archbishop Fulton Sheen referred to his daily time spent before the Blessed Sacrament as his “hour of power” for spiritual renewal. Don’t feel, however, that you can’t spend shorter periods of time with him, if you’re really stressed. Even 10 or 15 minutes with Him can help make a trying day that much easier to bear!
“The Eucharist is the supreme proof of the love of Jesus. After this, there is nothing more but Heaven itself.” – St. Peter Julian Eymard
“Happy is the soul that knows how to find Jesus in the Eucharist, and the Eucharist in all things!” – St. Peter Julian Eymard