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Adoration and Holy Hours

 

A monstrance holding the Eucharist is displayed in a procession.Adoration is the first attitude of man acknowledging that he is a creature before his Creator. It exalts the greatness of the Lord who made us and the almighty power of the Savior who sets us free from evil. Adoration is homage of the spirit to the "King of Glory," respectful silence in the presence of the "ever greater" God. Adoration of the thrice-holy and sovereign God of love blends with humility and gives assurance to our supplications. 

Catechism of the Catholic Church, no. 2628

The importance of Eucharistic Adoration is shown in the fact that the Church has a ritual that regulates it: the Rite of Eucharistic Exposition and Benediction. This is an extension of the adoration of the Blessed Sacrament which occurs in every Mass: "Behold the Lamb of God, behold him who takes away the sins of the world. Blessed are those called to the supper of the Lamb." Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament flows from the sacrifice of the Mass and serves to deepen our hunger for Communion with Christ and the rest of the Church.The Rite concludes with the ordained minister blessing the faithful with the Blessed Sacrament.

Holy hours are the Roman Catholic devotional tradition of spending an hour in Eucharistic Adoration in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament. The bishops have created a variety of holy hours that focus our prayer to Jesus Christ on peace, life, vocations, and other topics that are at the heart of the life of the Church and the world.

For More Information on Adoration and Holy Hours

A Holy Hour for Healing
 
A Holy Hour for Life
 
A Holy Hour for Life: Prayers Before the Blessed Sacrament for the Gospel of Life
 
Adoration Video
 
Devotions and Eucharistic Adoration
 
Holy Hour for Peace
 
Holy Hour for Vocations
 
Holy Hour for Vocations with Priest
 
Holy Hour for Vocations Without Priest
 
Holy Hour in Honor of St Paul the Apostle
 
Hora Santa en Honor del Apóstol San Pablo
 
Hora Santa Para Vocaciones
 
Hora Santa por la Paz
 
Hora Santa por la Vida
 
Perpetual Expositon of the Blessed Sacrament


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