Solemn Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament
Hours of Adoration
Every Wednesday at about 9:15 a.m. we close Daily Mass with the Solemn Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and transfer of the Blessed Sacrament to the Chapel. The Chapel is then dedicated to silent adoration and prayer. At 6:30 p.m. we have Evening Prayer presided by our clergy and helped lead by our Lay Missionaries of Charity. Afterwards, we close Adoration with Benediction at 7 p.m. Sometimes Eucharistic Adoration closes early if there are scheduled events in the Church. Please call the Office, view our homepage, or view our Calendar to confirm closures.
What is adoration?
Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, or Eucharistic Adoration, is a time of prayer and adoration before Christ present in the consecrated Host, which is exposed in a monstrance or ciborium on an altar in a church or chapel.
An early form of adoration began in the 16th century in Milan, Italy and it was later given formal recognition by the pope in 1592. The rite has been modified over the centuries into its current form. The solemn exposition of the holy eucharist leads us to acknowledge Christ’s presence in the sacrament. It offers us an opportunity to prayerfully reflect on our call to a deeper devotion to the holy eucharist and a more faithful living of the Christian life. It reminds us of Christ’s abiding presence with his people and invites us to spiritual communion with him. The eucharistic sacrifice is the source and culmination of the whole Christian life. The celebration of the eucharist in the Mass “is truly the origin and purpose of the worship that is shown to the eucharist outside Mass.” All the faithful should show the Blessed Sacrament the veneration and adoration that is due to God himself. To show the Blessed Sacrament reverence, a genuflection (bending of the knee) is appropriate upon entering and leaving Adoration. Moreover, the Blessed Sacrament should never be left alone.
If you need more reason to attend, listen to the words of Blessed Teresa of Calcutta.
“Nowhere on earth are you more welcomed, nowhere on earth are you more loved, than by Jesus living and truly present in the Most Blessed Sacrament. The time you spend with Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament is the best time that you will spend on earth. Each moment that you spend with Jesus will deepen your union with Him and make your soul everlastingly more glorious and beautiful in heaven, and will help bring about an everlasting peace on earth.”
Become a Regularly Scheduled Adorer
In order to sustain this beautiful opportunity for worship, a minimum of two adorers must be present at all times during Exposition, as the Blessed Sacrament cannot be left unattended. This is accomplished by a core of volunteers who commit to a designated shift every week. If you would like to commit to a weekly Holy Hour, either permanently or temporarily, or if you’d like to be a substitute, please sign up by contacting Ann Vay at 512.517.5479. You may view a list of our scheduled adorers, and our substitute list to call if you are unavailable to adore as scheduled.