We grow spiritually with each moment we spend with Jesus! Through our Adoration, Jesus calls us to a personal relationship (to become His friends and disciples), to "remain in Him" (Divine Intimacy), to "remain in His love" (Keep His commandments).
He promises that all those who remain tightly bonded to Him, will bear much fruit and "their joy will be complete". For without Him, we can do nothing.
Through this "friendship", we are inspired and strengthened to take on life's challenges, to carry our daily cross with a new attitude, to become a "new creation" (more and more like Jesus).
Solemn exposition is a profound experience of the presence of Christ in the midst of His people.
Our adoration let us:
Express our love for Jesus in the most concrete way,
Give Him thanks for the gift of Himself,
Meet and worship Christ in a bodily way so as to share in the privilege of those who were close to Him 2000 years ago…
Encounter Jesus and grow in intimate friendship with Him. Every moment spent with Him deepens our communion with the Trinity. It is also a way for people who are unable to receive Holy Communion to encounter the Lord.
In adoration Jesus renews us spiritually and fills us with graces of love, light, strength and consolation. In adoration we learn to place all of our trust in the Sacred Eucharistic Heart of Jesus and this trust drives away our fears, our doubts and our sadness.
The best remedy against idolatry: Adoration “is the most valid and radical remedy against the idolatries of yesterday and today. Kneeling before the Eucharist is a profession of freedom: One who bows to Jesus cannot and must not prostrate himself before any earthly power, no matter how strong. » (Benedict XVI, homily for Corpus Christi 2008)
What is Eucharistic Adoration?
Understood simply, Eucharistic Adoration is adoring or honouring the Eucharistic Presence of Christ. In a deeper sense, it involves "the contemplation of the Mystery of Christ truly present before us".
The Eucharist is: Jesus truly present - Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity!
Eucharistic Adoration is "God and Man reaching out for each other, at the same time!"
In the Eucharist, the Son of God comes to meet us and desires to become one with us; eucharistic adoration is simply the natural consequence of the eucharistic celebration, which is itself the Church's supreme act of adoration.
"I heartily recommend to the Church's pastors and to the People of God the practice of eucharistic adoration, both individually and in community."
What to do during adoration?
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.
Adoration has no fixed rules. It is a dialogue of love with the One who loves you more than you can begin to imagine. Ask the Holy Spirit and the Blessed Virgin to guide you in this encounter of love with Jesus.
For the Emmanuel Community members adoration is the ‘place’ where everything begins. It is in prayer that our life must be grounded, because that is the first place where we meet God, the source of our life.
“Members of the Emmanuel Community commit themselves, as far as possible to a long period of daily adoration (adoration of the Blessed Sacrament when possible)” (Statutes n° 15).
Perhaps the following text which is written in the first person, as though Christ were speaking to the soul, would also be useful, especially for those beginning Eucharistic adoration.
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