Experience the real presence of Jesus during Adoration
St. Mary is proud to offer all parishioners a chance to honor Our Lord through exposition of the Blessed Sacrament every week.
Time: Come spend an hour with Our Savior in the chapel. Adoration begins following the 9am Mass on Thursdays and ends before the 9am Mass on Fridays. We extend the hours for first Fridays of the month until Saturday at 9am. During lent, adoration continues until Stations of the Cross on Fridays at 7pm.
Contact Anne Green @ 734-562-2667 or email her at [email protected]
In the Garden, Jesus asked: “Could you not spend an hour with me?”
3 ways to experience the real presence of Jesus:
- We can receive Jesus in the eucharistic celebration
- We can adore Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament
- We can, through his gift of self, become more and more like Jesus in thought and word and deed
Why do we not take more advantage of this inestimable gift? Could it be that our faith is weak? Do we not believe that he hears us when we talk to him, when we share our lives with him? Let us work to strengthen our faith during our time at adoration.
3 ways to contemplate Christ at adoration:
- Thank Jesus for our blessings that day
- Bring Jesus our needs
- Ask Jesus to give us grace, that we might grow in union with him while we still live on this earth
St. Peter Julian Eymard, a French Catholic priest who lived during the 19th century, gives us some very good advice, particularly for times of adoration before the Blessed Sacrament: “Begin all your periods of adoration with an act of love, and you will open your soul deliciously to his divine action. It is because you begin with yourselves that you give up on the way … Love is the only door to the heart.”
In the year 2000, Pope St. John Paul II spoke to youths at the University of Rome Tor Vergata in Italy and included these words: “Dear friends, when you go back home, set the Eucharist at the center of your personal life and community life: love the Eucharist, adore the Eucharist and celebrate it, especially on Sundays, the Lord’s Day. Live the Eucharist by testifying to God’s love for every person … You yourselves must be fervent witnesses to Christ’s presence on the altar. Let the Eucharist mold your life and the life of the families you will form. Let it guide all life’s choices. May the Eucharist, the true and living presence of the love of the Trinity, inspire in you ideals of solidarity and may it lead you to live in communion with your brothers and sisters in every part of the world.”
May it be so in and through us. Let it begin with me.