Eucharistic Adoration

Dear Friends in Christ,

St. John Vianney has been blessed for decades by having Eucharistic Adoration available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. This is a great blessing to our parish and to all who come day and night to pray before the Lord. Eucharistic Adoration is one of the greatest strengths and most treasured gifts of our parish. It is only in recent times that Perpetual Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament has been allowed outside certain convents and monasteries where Eucharistic Adoration is part of their spiritual regimen. For most Catholics and for most parishes, Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament in the monstrance took place within the devotion known as Forty Hours. This was a continuous period of Eucharistic Adoration for 40 hours in several different churches. The forty hours represented the time that Jesus’ body lay in the tomb. It was also a practice in some parishes to designate certain days (i.e., First Fridays) where there would be Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament for several hours of adoration followed by Benediction. There are liturgical guidelines and rubrics (so called because they are printed in red – rubrum) concerning the practice of Exposition and Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament.

The practice of praying before the Blessed Sacrament has been praised by popes and saints and has been cherished by many Catholics. It is a beautiful and powerful experience of prayer, opening hearts before the Lord, deepening the love for him, and increasing trust in God. For many, it is an opportunity to give God their innermost thoughts while, for others, it is a time of great consolation and peace. Some who come to adoration have a set routine of prayers (scripture reading, rosary, meditation, Liturgy of the Hours, spiritual reading) and others just spend the time in the most informal conversation of heart speaking to heart (cor ad cor loquetor). Over the last few years our adoration schedule has been severely tested by the interruption of construction, hurricanes, floods, artic freezes, and, most recently, the pandemic. During this time, the schedule of “adorers” has come under some strain. Additionally, some of our long-time “adorers” have moved away from the parish or are no longer able to come and offer their hour of adoration. It is now time for us to review this situation to see what we can do to improve it. The rubrics instruct that, for Eucharistic Adoration, during the exposition of the consecrated host in the monstrance, at least two people should be present. When the Blessed Sacrament is in the tabernacle, there is no regulation or rubric regarding the number of adorers. To have Eucharistic Adoration 24 hours a day, seven days a week, requires 336 people. Understandably, the late night and early morning hours (9:00 p.m. – 6:00 a.m.) are the most difficult to fill. Currently our schedule of adorers is out of date. From general observation, we see that some days are great and on other days we have empty slots or only one person present. Over the next few months, we will be working on the schedule to make sure we have a sufficient number of “adorers” at all hours of the day, every day.

On civil holidays and during emergencies (bad weather conditions etc.), Exposition is temporarily suspended. The Chapel remains open but the consecrated host is transferred to a small tabernacle and remains present in the Chapel for those who wish to pray. If you would like to commit to an hour of prayer each week all you have to do is contact the parish office. It is perfectly fine to have more than two people per hour and you do not have to “officially” commit or register in order to come and pray before the Blessed Sacrament. All are always welcome, but for us to continue to have Exposition and Adoration 24/7, we need to have a sufficient number of people to cover all 168 hours of the week. Would you consider offering an hour of prayer to the Lord for your family, our parish, and the needs of the world?

In pace Christi, Fr. Troy