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The Eucharist as Presence and Sacrament

Worship of the Eucharist Outside of Mass

Eucharistic Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament
reserved in the tabernacle or through exposition using
a monstrance, ostensorium or the ciborium.



Monstrance at Lanciano Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration is the adoration of Jesus Christ present in the Holy Eucharist. In the many Churches that have this adoration, the Eucharist is displayed in a special holder called a monstrance, and people come to pray and worship Jesus continually throughout the day and often the night. Christ’s great love for us was shown when he was crucified on the cross to pay the penalty for our sins and give us eternal life. He loves us without limit, and offers Himself to us in the Holy sacrament of the Eucharist. Can we not give Jesus a few minutes of love and adoration in return?
Lanciano  


Introduction to Eucharistic Adoration

  * Eucharist, Worship and Custody - Fr. John A. Hardon, S. J.
The worship and custody of the Holy Eucharist, independently of Mass and Holy Communion, can be traced to post-apostolic times. St. Justin, writing in his Apology around the year 150, says that deacons were appointed to carry the Blessed Sacrament to those who were absent from the liturgy. The young St. Tarsisius was taken captive and put to death while carrying the consecrated Species on his person.

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  * The History of Eucharistic Adoration - Fr. John A. Hardon, S. J.

  * Basic Catholic Catechist Home Study Course on the Eucharist - Fr. John A. Hardon, S. J.

  * Eucharistic Devotion and the Real Presence - Fr. John A. Hardon, S. J.

  * Prayer and the Grace of God - Fr. John A. Hardon, S. J.
"Without prayer we will lose the divine life we possess, and more obviously, we shall not grow in the life we already have. In other words, no prayer, no salvation…we need to pray…because we have a fallen human nature…"

  * Catechism on the Real Presence - Exhortation to Promote the Cult of the Eucharist - Fr. John A. Hardon, S. J.

  * Catechism on the Real Presence - On the Doctrine and Worship of the Holy Eucharist - Fr. John A. Hardon, S. J.

  * The Holiness of God and Adoration - (Opus Sanctorum Angelorum)
"Having spoken of the holiness of God, and the participation of creatures in that holiness, we now come to the consideration of manís proper response to Godís holiness: adoration. Just as the concept of holiness is many-faceted, so also the concept of adoration. Adoration, in the first place, is creationís highest act of worship. It is giving to God what belongs to him alone, he who alone is holy. It is the supreme form of reverence, glory and honor. But adoration is also creationís attempt to reach out, with the help of Godís invitation and grace, to become holy in the presence of God. So we must now consider these two aspects of adoration: as an act of reverencing God, and as a means of sanctification for creatures."

  * The Greatest Need in the World Today - Forming the Eucharistic Faith and Love of Children - Fr. John A. Hardon, S. J.
"My plan for this conference...is very simple: Briefly summarize the Church's pedagogy of the Holy Eucharist over the centuries; Explain why parents and teachers should develop the Eucharistic faith and love of children from infancy to adulthood; Provide some guidelines to children on how to grow in their faith and love of Jesus in the Holy Eucharist."

  * Why Eucharistic Adoration? - Fr. Robert Goedert, O.P.
"…thousands of people from all across our country will testify that one hour each week with Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament is the most peaceful, the most satisfying hour of their whole week."

  * Devotion to the Holy Eucharist Advances Devotion to Jesus' Person - Fr. John A. Hardon, S.J.
"When we speak of the Holy Eucharist, we can mean the Eucharistic Liturgy or the Mass; we can mean Holy Communion as the sacrament of the Lord; or we can mean the Real Presence of Christ…we concentrate on the third of these aspects, namely, the Eucharist as the abiding presence of Jesus Christ on our altars after the Sacrifice of the Mass is over and between receptions of Holy Communion."

  * Institution of the Real Presence - Fr. John A. Hardon, S.J.
"…the Real Presence is logically prior to the Eucharist as Sacrifice and Communion. The reason is obvious. Christ must first be really present on earth in the Eucharist, before we can intelligently speak of His offering Himself in the Mass and coming to us in Communion."

  * What is Eucharistic Adoration? - Most Reverend David A. Zubik, Bishop of Pittsburgh
A Question and Answer Brochure.

  * Perpetual Adoration as a Necessary Antidote to Abortion - Fr. John A. Hardon, S.J.
"As we reflected on the power of the Eucharist to achieve miracles, we kept insisting that these miracles will be performed by Our Lord only if we believe."

  * How to Pray a Holy Hour - Tom Hoopes (National Catholic Register)
There are 3 rules and 60 minutes of excellent structured suggestions of how to spend an hour in the presence of Jesus exposed in the Blessed Sacrament or reserved in a tabernacle.

  * The Holy Hour - Fr. John A. Hardon, S.J.
One method is based on the four word aspiration and prayer, Adoro Te Rex Gloriae, I adore Thee, King of Glory. The idea is to divide one's holy hour into four quarters: "You spend the first in adoration; you spend the second in thanks; you spend the third quarter in reparation; and finally you spend the last quarter in giving something to God."

  * Holy Hour of Eucharistic Adoration
A good introduction to a holy hour of adoration (Franciscan Friars of Marytown).

  * Eucharistic Holy Hour
This booklet…has been prepared for the purpose of offering the Roman Catholic faithful a suitable compilation of prayers and hymns to be used either individually or as a congregation for Holy Hour devotions.

  * An Appeal from My Sacred Heart - (For Those Who Hurt).

  * The Eucharist: A Sacrament to be Adored
On the occasion of the 750th anniversary of the first celebration of the feast of Corpus Christi, the Holy Father wrote a letter to Bishop Albert Houssiau of Liege, Belgium.

Adoration of Our Lord Reserved in the Monstrance
  * Pope John Paul II Recalls and Encourages National Eucharistic Devotion
Excerpts taken from the talk that Pope John Paul II gave at Phoenix Park during his historic three-day visit to Ireland, from September 29 to October 1, 1979.

  * The Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration Handbook
Decrees, Statutes, and Practical Guide (PEA International Headquarters).

  * Quotes on the Most Blessed Sacrament

  * His Presence That Is … Real. - by Fr. P.J. McHugh (PEA Newsletter)
"PEA gives tone to a parish - a feeling of reverence and awe, a feeling that in this chapel, the Lord is at home. Eucharist is the heart of the parish."

  * No Wonder They Call It The Real Presence (Lives Changed by Christ in Eucharistic Adoration) - by David Pearson.
Have you ever wondered about the story behind some of the people who make an hour of adoration in your church or chapel week after week? Aside from the one or two line petitions we all get to read, no one has undertaken the task to give an in-depth look into their lives until now. David Pearson has taken nine people, interviewed them and given us a book that not only captures our attention but unexpectedly surprises us by what these adorers have to say. Best of all, is the invaluable insight we get about the God Who made us that is brought to light as a result of his inquiries. Here is one of those true stories about a man named Mal - an inspiring interview with an astonishing adorer excerpted from David Pearson's book.

  * Eucharistic Adoration Is Perfect Reparation - Stephen Oraze.
"We can draw down God's Merciful Love on the whole world...through perpetual Eucharistic adoration..."

  * Tabernacle   (Alt)

  * Monstrance   (Alt)

  * Ostensorium   (Alt)

  * Ciborium   (Alt)



Adoration for the Young

  * Eucharist for Children

Adoration for the Young
* The Real Presence - An elementary understanding of Jesus in the Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist - by Lee Ann Schoofs
"The Eucharist is a sacrament giving us the real body, blood, soul and divinity of Jesus, the Son of God. Although it does not look like the body and blood of Jesus we see on a crucifix, His Real Presence is hidden within the appearance of a small white consecrated host (altar bread). This is a great mystery, something we cannot fully understand."

* A Children's Holy Hour - Fr. Antoine Thomas (Congregation of St. John)
Learn from Fr. Antoine how to plan a children's Holy Hour. "Parents and teachers will welcome Fr. Antoine's instruction as a much-needed recourse in the spiritual education of their children and students."

* Monstrance Picture Craft for Children

Step 1: Read the Eucharistic miracle story of Bordeaux, France and the directions for the monstrance picture craft - (PDF: 2 pages / 8 kbytes)

Step 2: Decorate the monstrance picture and cut out the center - (PDF: 1 page / 40 Kbytes)

Step 3: Color the picture of Jesus - (PDF: 1 page / 16 kbytes)

* Children of the Eucharist - (World Apostolate of Fatima)
"Gather the children of the world before the tabernacles of the world for the families of the world…"

* Children's Holy Hours - (World Apostolate of Fatima)
"Let the little children come unto Me." They have print outs to help you prepare children's holy hours.

* New School Adoration Chapel - Immaculate Conception of Dardenne - (St. Louis Review)
MULTIMEDIA: "After an all-school Mass to celebrate the feast of All Saints, the students of Immaculate Conception School in Dardenne Prairie knelt in an honor guard as the Blessed Sacrament was taken by Msgr. Ted Wojcicki, parish pastor, to a new prayer room and eucharistic adoration chapel in the school. The children formed [a] line which stretched from the church through the school hallways to the chapel. Interviewed in this multimedia presentation are seventh-grade students Geoffrey Herr and Hannah Faust."

* My Visit With Jesus - A book for children during Eucharistic Adoration
A book for children and the child-like to help them come to Jesus in a personal way in Eucharistic Adoration. 21 meditations are written in letter format from the child to Jesus, or Jesus to His child. The focus is on the Real Presence of Jesus and the thoughts and concerns of children from reading age to pre-teen. It includes suggestions for parents, teachers and priests on how to use My Visit With Jesus for preschool age children, CCD classes and individual visits to adoration. Also includes Words to Know and Prayers for Children, and pages to write their own Private Letter to Jesus and places to design and draw their own holy card.

Imprimatur by Bishop Dennis Schnurr of Duluth, MN

To order, contact Helana Lehto at 218-727-1730 or email helana@charter.net.
Price is $6.99 each plus shipping. Call for quantity discounts.


My Visit With Jesus - A book for children during Eucharistic Adoration



Various Nomenclatures Given to Committed Hourly Adoration Before the Blessed Sacrament Either Exposed or in the Tabernacle

  * Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration (PEA)   (Alt)

Adoration of the Eucharist
* Nocturnal Adoration

* Forty Hours   (Alt)

* Holy Hour

* First Friday

* Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament   (Alt)




Benediction with Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament: A Eucharistic Devotion

  * Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament - Fr. John A. Hardon, S. J.

Benediction
  * Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament - Fr. William Saunders (EWTN).

  * Catholic Encyclopedia: Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament

  * Benediction - Paul Turner.

  * Benedictions and Holy Hours



Processions with Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament: A Sacred Function

  * Processions - Fr. John A. Hardon, S. J.

* Corpus Christi

* Corpus Christi: The Body and Blood of Christ - Michael and Carole Breslin.
An excellent article that gives information about the establishment of the Feast of Corpus Christi, a Eucharistic Procession on the Feast of Corpus Christi, readings and prayers for the Corpus Christi procession, and notes for Corpus Christi organizers: altar preparers, ushers, altar servers, and organist.

* Catholic Encylopedia: Feast of Corpus Christi

* Official Web Sites of Lourdes

* Procession of the Blessed Sacrament at Lourdes

* Solemnity of Corpus Christi Celebrated at St. Anthony of Padua - (St. Louis Review)
MULTIMEDIA: A traditional Corpus Christi procession held by Franciscans who administer to the St. Anthony of Padua parish in South St. Louis.





How to Start Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration in Your Church

Listed below is information on where to go and who to contact for whatever you need to assist you in the establishment of Eucharistic Adoration in your parish. The list contains a PEA Manual, Sign-Up Sunday and educational materials, Eucharistic Priest Speakers and even where to get a free wooden monstrance should you need one.

Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration Manual
Sacred Heart of Jesus

Now Available!!!  Free for Personal Use!!!  
The Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration Manual

Always pray for God's help and guidance before you open any PEA chapel. Then read The Real Presence Eucharistic Education and Adoration Association PEA Manual. This book is to be used as a guide to take you step by step through all the components that will help you to bring up and maintain a successful Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration chapel. Browse through and use the manual at your leisure either online or at home for free!


The succeeding book, brochures and monstrance poster
may be ordered from:

Eternal Life
P.O. Box 787
Bardstown, KY 40004-0787
E-mail: orders@lifeeternal.org
Internet: www.lifeeternal.org
Fax: 502-348-2224
Visa and Mastercard orders call:  1-800-842-2871


New Book by Fr. John A. Hardon, S.J.

With Us Today: On the Real Presence of Jesus Christ in the Eucharist
With Us Today, On the Real Presence of Jesus Christ in the Eucharist
"[Fr. Hardon]...concisely explains the teaching of the Church about transubstantiation, Eucharistic adoration, the nature of the sacraments, and the Eucharist's character as Sacrifice, Communion, and Presence.

After teaching what the Eucharist is, Fr. Hardon explores what the Eucharist does. He beautifully explains how our devotion to the Holy Eucharist transforms all aspects of our relationship with our Lord."

"Whether we are members of a domestic family of parents and children, or members of the clergy, or members of consecrated life, the future of all family life depends on a deep and clear faith in the Real Presence. This book will help us better understand what we believe about the Holy Eucharist and why Christ gave us the Real Presence."

An excellent book that may be used to prepare Eucharistic lesson plans.

Brochures

The Eucharist and Sanctity
   The Eucharist as the Real Presence is the Touchstone of Sanctity
       by Fr. John A. Hardon, S.J. (Eternal Life)

        Part 1:  The Eucharist and Sanctity - I Believe
        Part 2:  The Eucharist and Sanctity - What Do We Believe?
        Part 3:  The Eucharist and Sanctity - Why Do We Believe?
        Part 4:  The Eucharist and Sanctity - How To Believe?

A Eucharistic Retreat
   Origin of the Holy Eucharist, A Model of Faith, A Model of Humility.
       by Fr. John A. Hardon, S.J. (Eternal Life)

       A Eucharistic Retreat


For a list of additional brochures to choose from, visit the Eucharistic Adoration Resources section.

Poster

"Millennium Monstrance"   17" x 11"   (45cm x 28cm)
   Design by Jed Gibbons for and used with permission from
       St. John Cantius, 825 N Carpenter Street, Chicago, Illinois  60622

Bright and colorful, sure to attract people to adoration! Display these posters in your parish to announce the arrival of PEA or to let people know you already have PEA in your parish. These posters may also be placed in your home or wherever you or others would enjoy looking at one.
Millennium Monstrance Poster
       Visit Eucharistic Adorers Society


To Schedule a Priest Speaker,
call 630-932-7796 or
send email to
qcs@therealpresence.org

 

For parishes that cannot afford a Monstrance
Free Wooden Monstrance

 

Additional Eucharistic Adoration Resources
Brochures Books Videos Audios Periodicals Prayer Cards




Links

  * Worship of the Eucharist Outside of Mass - Eucharistic Adoration (Part 1)
* Worship of the Eucharist Outside of Mass - Eucharistic Adoration (Part 2)
* Eucharistic Resources - Books, Videos, Audios and Periodicals
* Eucharistic Adoration - Other Topics
* PEA - Organization Addresses
* Religious Orders - Some with Eucharistic Adoration
* Church Documents on Worship of the Eucharist Outside of Mass


Links Index





The photograph of the Francis Cardinal George, O.M.I. holding a Monstrance
is provided courtesy of The Catholic New World.

Copyright © 2006 by The Catholic New World
Used with permission.



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