A Note from Fr. Gary -
Three weeks ago in this space I described the schedule (revised at St. Thomas and St. Joseph) for Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. I also described the refurbishing that has been done in the Adoration Chapel at St. Thomas. This past Tuesday evening we were able to resume Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament in our refurbished chapel.
I want to thank all those who were involved in this magnificent renewal of the physical space of our chapel. Those involved in the design and the work on the chapel were: Nancy Borja, Lora Rollins, Isabella Rollins, Carolyn Simms, Christine Bolger, Greg Dayton, Ted Meany, Fr. Brian Thompson, Lorrie Conway, Joe Myers, Denise Myers, Ryan LaFave, David Simms, Paul & Ellen Varsek, Alan Boelke, and Adalee & Randy Huge. These folks gave generously of their time and talent to re-create the space in our Adoration Chapel. In particular, I want to thank Adalee and Randy for their beautiful work.
As I said several weeks ago, I encourage parishioners from all three of our communities to visit the refurbished chapel, as well as to sign up for an hour of adoration either at St. Thomas,
St. Joseph, or Our Lady Star of the Sea.
As a reminder of our schedule for Adoration: St. Joseph on Mondays, starting at the end of the 8:30am Mass, and concluding at 9:00pm; St. Thomas starting Tuesday evening after Mass, and concluding on Saturday morning before the 8:30am Mass; Our Lady Star of the Sea, on Wednesdays from 6:30pm to 7:30pm, and on First Fridays starting after the 8:30am Mass until 4:00pm.
This time before the Lord can be a time of deep communion with Christ who comes to us with his love and mercy. St. John Paul II wrote in his encyclical on the relationship of the Eucharist to the Church, “…the gaze of the Church is constantly turned to her Lord, present in the Sacrament of the Altar, in which she discovers the full manifestation of his boundless love” (The Church and the Eucharist, #1).
For those who pray before the Blessed Sacrament, the question is often, “What do I do during Adoration?” In his book, In The Presence of our Lord: The History, Theology, and Psychology of Eucharistic Devotion, Fr. Benedict Groeschel describes “four kinds of prayer most appropriate in the presence of the Eucharist, namely adoration and praise, thanksgiving, repentance, and trusting intercession.”
Here are some suggestions on what to do during Eucharistic Adoration from a pamphlet produced by Our Sunday Visitor on Eucharistic Adoration: Pray the Psalms or the Liturgy of the Hours; Recite the Jesus Prayer (Repeating the prayer, “Lord Jesus, have mercy on me a sinner”); Meditate on a scripture passage; Read the life of a saint and pray with him or her; pour out your heart to the Lord in adoration as St. Francis instructed his brothers to pray whenever they were before the Blessed Sacrament (“I adore you, O Christ, present here and in all the churches of the world, for by your holy cross you have redeemed the world.”); Ask for forgiveness and intercede for others; Pray the Rosary; Sit quietly and simply “be” in the presence of God.
Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament always flows from the Sacred Liturgy, the Eucharistic Celebration, and leads us back to the saving action of Jesus. Pope Benedict XVI said “Adoration is essentially an embrace with Jesus in which I say to him: ‘I am yours, and I ask you, please stay with me always.” Amen!
Fr. Gary Lazzeroni