Eucharistic Adoration


Eucharistic Adoration O come let us adore Him!


What is Eucharistic Adoration? It is being in the presence of Jesus Christ in the Blessed Sacrament. That's the real living Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity of Jesus Christ in the Consecrated Host. He may be exposed in the Monstrance on the Altar where you can see the Consecrated Host. Or, Reposed in the Tabernacle. We can tell He is present in the Tabernacle when the candle in the red glass Sanctuary Candle Holder is burning hanging from the wall on the left side of the Altar as in the Chapel or right next to the Tabernacle on the back wall as in the Church. 

Why do we Adore Jesus' Real Presence? Simply to be with Him, talk with Him, and to establish or continue a friendship with Jesus. It is a good time to clear away the clutter that sneaks into our hearts and find Jesus there again. It is a good time to praise Him, thank Him, or just be with Him... no words are needed.

How do we Adore Jesus' Real Presence? We "talk" to Jesus. We tell Him what is on our minds and in our hearts. We can tell Him how we are or have been feeling: happy, sad, angry... We can tell Him everything. Everyone adores a little differently. Some, to begin with, read from a spiritual book. Some read the Bible to start their conversation with Jesus. Some pray with the Rosary. While some meditate or contemplate. Some simply be with Him. What is important is that you spend time with Jesus. But don't forget to be silent so when He speaks to you, He will be "heard." He may place the answer within your thoughts. He may give you a response in the Bible, a verse you may happen upon. Or maybe not just now, but the answer may pop out at you later, in something you hear, see, or think. Maybe He will just be with you in silence, supporting you, and comforting you.  

What do we get from Adoring Jesus? Adoring Jesus is one pretty sure way to enrich your friendship with Him. Many people leave with a joyful smile, peace-filled heart, or a bit less sad if that is where they were at that time. 

If you haven't been to Adoration for a while or have never been, please come and be with Jesus. If you don't have a lot of time, that's ok. Some time is far better than no time. The more often you visit, the more enriched your times are spent in Adoration. You don't need to sign up, just come as you are, ready to be present with our God. Oh, and don't forget to thank Jesus. He appreciates that too. Looking forward to sharing Jesus with you in Adoration.

Where does Adoration take place? Eucharistic Adoration takes place in the Chapel on Thursdays, following the 8:15 a.m. Mass. The rosary and Divine Mercy Chaplet are prayed immediately after Father leaves the Sanctuary after Exposing Jesus and opening prayer. Adoration closes with prayer at 7:50 p.m., most often with Benediction, and ends at 8:00 p.m. 

If you would like more information about Eucharistic Adoration at St. John the Baptist, please call or text Leslie Wicker at 630-390-7258. If you are calling, please leave a message and I will return your call. Please be sure to include your name. Thank you and God Bless you!

For an interesting article about Adoration, go to: https://prayers4reparation.wordpress.com/2012/04/21/

Weekly Adoration is offered Thursdays following the 8:15 am Mass & Rosary, until 8 p.m. in the Chapel.