With the Synod Assembly, therefore, I heartily recommend to the
Church’s pastors and to the People of God the practice of
Eucharistic adoration, both individually and in community.
Great benefit would ensue from a suitable catechesis explaining the
importance of this act of worship, which enables the faithful to
experience the liturgical celebration more fully and more
fruitfully. Wherever possible, it would be appropriate, especially
in densely populated areas, to set aside specific churches or
oratories for perpetual adoration. I also recommend that, in their
catechetical training, and especially in their preparation for First
Holy Communion, children be taught the meaning and the beauty of
spending time with Jesus, and helped to cultivate a sense of awe
before his presence in the Eucharist.
—Pope Benedict XVI, Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation
Sacramentum Caritatis (2007), n. 67
It is pleasant to spend time with Him, to lie close to His
breast like the Beloved Disciple (cf.
Jn 13:25) and to feel the infinite love present in His
heart. If in our time Christians must be distinguished above
all by the “art of prayer,” how can we not feel a renewed
need to spend time in spiritual converse, in silent
adoration, in heartfelt love before Christ present in the
Most Holy Sacrament? How often, dear brothers and sisters,
have I experienced this, and drawn from it strength,
consolation, and support!
—Pope John Paul II, Encyclical Letter
Ecclesia de Eucharistia (2003), n. 35
The Church and the world have a great need of Eucharistic worship.
Jesus waits for us in this sacrament of love. Let us be generous
with our time in going to meet Him in adoration and in contemplation
that is full of faith and ready to make reparation for the great
faults and crimes of the world. May our adoration never cease.
—Pope John Paul II, Apostolic Letter
Dominicae Cenae (1980), n. 3
you not watch one hour with me?
An intimate time with Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament.
I hope that this form of Adoration, with
permanent exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, will
continue into the future. Specifically, I hope that the
fruit of this Congress results in the establishment of
Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration in all parishes and
Christian communities throughout the world.
—Pope John Paul II, at the 45th
International Eucharistic Congress, in Seville, Spain,
We come here to meet the Heart of Jesus pierced for us, from
which water and blood gush. It is the redeeming love,
which is at the origin of salvation, of our salvation,
which is at the origin of the Church. Now still, today,
the living Christ loves us and presents His heart to us as
the source of our redemption...
We are called not only to
meditate and contemplate on this mystery of Christ’s love;
we are called to take part in it. It is the mystery of the
Holy Eucharist, the center of our faith, the center of our
worship of Christ’s merciful love manifested in His Sacred
Heart, a mystery which is adored here night and day.
In the Holy Eucharist—this is also the meaning of
perpetual adoration—we enter the movement of love from
which all interior progress and all apostolic efficacy
—Pope John Paul II, Address at the Basilica of Montmartre
in 1980 (where the Sacred Heart of Jesus has been
perpetually adored in the Most Blessed Sacrament for more
than one hundred years)
Eucharistic adoration chapels in the Archdiocese of St. Paul
and contact information
Eucharistic Adoration Chapels Nationwide
Locate Eucharistic Adoration Chapels across the U.S. by city. Includes
Sponsored by the World Apostolate of Fatima.
Starts on First Friday with an 8:00 p.m. Mass of the Sacred Heart,
Eucharistic adoration continues all night, ends with a 4:00 a.m.
Mass of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
Location changes each month.
Eucharistic Adoration for the Sanctification of Priests and
Spiritual Maternity (Congregation for the Clergy, December 8,
Explanatory note to help increase the practice of continuous
Eucharistic adoration in dioceses for the benefit of priests and
priestly vocations (Congregation of Clergy, December 8, 2007)
The Real Presence Association: Eucharistic Adoration
Resources on Eucharistic adoration and Perpetual Adoration.
The Real Presence Association: Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration Organizations
Articles and audio programs on the Eucharist.
Catholic Ritual Makes Comeback In Minnesota
(News article on perpetual adoration chapels in the Archdiocese of St.
Paul and Minneapolis)
Associated Press, January 30, 2005
For more information on Eucharistic adoration
or perpetual Eucharistic adoration and to learn how to start adoration
in your parish, contact Peggy Powell at (763) 755-7706 or
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