Mondays and first Fridays 9am–3pm –
“Could you not watch with me for an hour?” (Matt 26:40)
When Father Carl or any priest says the words of consecration, we know that the bread and wine become the very body, blood, soul, and divinity of Jesus Christ!
What a gift we have been given!
Knowing this helps us understand why the Eucharist is treated with such respect and love. With this knowledge, we can appreciate that Jesus in the Eucharist needs a beautiful resting place, so we honor him by placing the consecrated hosts not consumed at Mass into the tabernacle. We teach our children to look for the “red light” next to the tabernacle and then to genuflect towards it when they enter and leave a Catholic church as a way of honoring Jesus.
But have you ever considered spending some time with Jesus in the Eucharist?
Time spent in front of the Eucharistic Presence is often referred to as Adoration. It can be spent in prayer or in quiet contemplation. Here at St. Jane’s we are blessed to have a chapel where Jesus waits quietly and patiently. The chapel is open from 9am-3pm Monday thru Friday and is a beautiful, quiet spot for conversation with Jesus. All are welcome to come and sit for a few minutes or for longer. Jesus loves the company and we can receive an abundance of Grace in his presence.
Can you offer Jesus an hour?
On Mondays and every First Friday, we remove Jesus from the Tabernacle and place him in a Monstrance (from the Latin monstrare, meaning “to show”) for Eucharistic Adoration. The Monstrance is placed on the altar and helps to focus our attention on Jesus while we pray. When Jesus is exposed like this, He should never be left alone. There is a group at St. Jane Frances who commits to keeping Jesus company each hour so that we can adore him. They sign up and promise to be in the chapel for their hour. This is a gift to the community, because it allows others to “drop in” on Jesus when they can. Would you be willing to offer an hour a month? There is always a need for people to cover hours. Your commitment can be once a month or once a week—whatever works for you. Perhaps you can even offer to be a substitute for others. Contact the parish office, and we will help get you signed up.
5 Tips to Help with Adoration:
- Be Patient
- Bring your Bible
- Pray the Rosary
- Play Worship Music (with headphones)
- Be okay with Silence