Awareness of the real presence of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament
Appreciation of the gift of his total presence among us in the Blessed Sacrament
Affirmation of his personal love for each one of us in the Blessed Sacrament
Acknowledgement of our total dependency upon Jesus, who is the “vine” and we the “branches”.
An Attitude of centering our whole life in Him and His holy will for each of us.
Who can take part in Eucharistic Adoration?
Anyone! Jesus waits for us in the Blessed Sacrament.
When and Where is Eucharistic adoration held at St. Mary of the Annunciation?
Eucharistic Adoration is held on the 2nd Tuesday of each month, starting at the end of 8am morning Mass and ending at 6:30pm with Prayers. You are invited to stop in for silent prayer any time during the day. You can stay for as long as you would like. It takes place in the Eucharistic Chapel. Our Chapel can be located by coming into the Church and walking towards the Stained-Glass Window on the west end of the Church. You will find a walkway leading into the Eucharistic Chapel. The Chapel is open to all during Adoration.
What do I do during adoration?
Eucharistic adoration is a time for silent prayer, except for the opening and closing of the Holy Hours. Meditation and reflection about the mysteries of our faith, what God is asking us to do and how best to do His Will. Some suggestions for getting started are to silent pray the Rosary, silently read Sacred Scripture, talk silently to Jesus telling him about your day – what made you happy, what are you afraid of, what angers you – Then listen!, pray the Our Father or the Hail Mary or recite silently a favorite psalm or hymn. There are many ways to pray, and there are many benefits to sitting in silence and listening to the voice of Jesus working in you.
In November 2019, St. Mary of the Annunciation was one of 37 parishes that participated in the Vicariate 1 Pilgrimage of a Visiting Monstrance blessed by St. John Paul II from his hospital bed on March 2, 2005 and was among the final items to receive a papal blessing in the weeks before his death. The vessel was consecrated specifically to promote Eucharistic adoration, prayer for priests and vocations. The purpose of the Pilgrimage was to make known the love for the Eucharistic Lord and support the priests who make it possible. Without our priests, we have no Eucharist. Our priests are the “border walkers” between Heaven and earth as they bring the sacraments to the Mystical Body of Christ. To learn more about the Visiting Monstrance, visit the St. John Paul II Eucharistic Adoration Association of the archdiocese of Chicago website: www.pjp2ea.org