Holy Hour of Exposition: Come pray, rest, be with Jesus
“Just as the sun is the source of all energy and warmth, so is the Eucharist the source of all grace and love.”
As Catholics, we know that the Eucharist is not a thing, but a person…the person of Jesus truly present in the bread and wine. Receiving Communion at Mass is our best opportunity to fully experience Christ in our parish community. Every week, we gather at table with our parish and become one collective body as we all share in Jesus’ sacrifice in a very real and tangible way.
Eucharistic Adoration outside the Celebration of Mass provides us with a chance to be with Jesus one on one. During Eucharistic Adoration, you can spend time with the Lord without having to say anything. We watch and wait, we remain in silence in his presence and open to the graces that flow from the Blessed Sacrament. While time spent in Eucharistic Adoration is private and personal, it should always be connected to the wider church community – it should lead from
and flow into the celebration of the Eucharist at Mass.
With the opening of the Holy Spirit Blessed Sacrament Chapel, we now have the opportunity for this very special kind of personal prayer. Eucharistic Adoration most often takes place in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament reserved in the tabernacle. The sanctuary lamp near the tabernacle assures us that Christ is present there. There are no special requirements to pray before Jesus present in the tabernacle. Our chapel is open Monday through Friday from 8 A.M. to 4 P.M. for anyone to come and wait with him. And with a special code obtained from the Liturgy Office, parishioners can come and pray outside these normal hours.
The Blessed Sacrament may also be exposed for Eucharistic Adoration. During exposition, the Consecrated Host is removed from the tabernacle and placed in a stand that holds the Eucharist in glass so it can be seen. Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament is a Liturgical Rite and has specific requirements to happen. When parishes establish regular periods of Exposition, the ministers follow a schedule for exposing and reposing the Sacrament as well as visiting the Sacrament, to ensure that the Eucharist is never left alone. These schedules are typically divided into one-hour times called Holy Hours.
Starting Tuesday, May 27, Holy Spirit Parish will conduct a Holy Hour of Exposition Monday through Friday from 7:30 A.M.-8:30 A.M. Already we have over 20 ministers who have committed to spend this hour with the Lord every week. As this ministry grows we will add more Holy Hours at different times so more can experience Exposition. To sign up for Holy Hour, or if you have any questions, contact Patty LaBerge or Katie Metzger (408-997-5115 or email@example.com).
Come spend time in conversation with God. Come and find rest. Come feel your friendship with Jesus and be transformed. He truly waits for each of us.