Eucharistic Adoration - Holy Hour
The Importance of Eucharistic Adoration
The importance of Eucharistic Adoration is shown in the fact that the Church has a ritual that regulates it: the Rite of Eucharistic Exposition and Benediction. This is an extension of the adoration of the Blessed Sacrament which occurs in every Mass: "Behold the Lamb of God, behold him who takes away the sins of the world. Blessed are those called to the supper of the Lamb." Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament flows from the sacrifice of the Mass and serves to deepen our hunger for Communion with Christ and the rest of the Church. The Rite concludes with the ordained minister blessing the faithful with the Blessed Sacrament.
Holy hours are the Roman Catholic devotional tradition of spending an hour in Eucharistic Adoration in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament. The bishops have created a variety of holy hours that focus our prayer to Jesus Christ on peace, life, vocations, and other topics that are at the heart of the life of the Church and the world.
Above from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) https://www.usccb.org/prayer-and-worship/prayers-and-devotions/eucharistic-devotion
Check the parish bulletin for upcoming Eucharistic Adoration - Holy Hours and our Mass Times link at the top of the page for all liturgies. Deacon Bill tries to offer one each month at St. Ann Church which includes a reflection based on any theme or intention for the evening. If you have any questions or a suggestion for a prayer intention for a upcoming Holy Hour, please contact him at [email protected].