Q: Is there a way to share a prayer request with other adorers?
A: Yes! In the reight rear of the Day Chapel, there is a book in which to write your prayer requests. This book is always available so your needs or praises may be written down at any time, not just during Adoration hours.
Q: How do you keep from being distracted while adoring?
A: If you find your mind wandering during your holy hour, try some of the following suggestions:
Many adorers note that distractions decrease as their devotion increases.
- Choose a phrase to repeat, such as "Be still and know that I am God." (Ps 46:11)
- Say a Hail Mary.
- Visualize a box in which to place the distraction and close the lid.
- Change your position from kneeling to sitting, or vice-versa.
- Consider adoring during a later hour when the day is done and your next task is sleep.
- Ask the Holy Spirit for guidance.
Q: What is meant by "Real Presence"?
A: Catholics believe that through the consecration of the bread and wine which takes place during the Eucharistic prayer, the physical appearance of the bread and wine remains, but the substance of those elements become the Body and Blood of Christ or the “Real Presence” (transubstantiation). The key Scriptural passages that support this theology are John 6 and the Last Supperristic Adoration is the perfect place to contemplate this mystery.depictions (Mt. 26:26, Mk 14:22, Lk 22:14). “This saying is hard; who can accept it?” (Jn 6:60).
Q: Why can Jesus be left alone in thecle b Tabernaut not when exposed in a monstrance?
A: Jesus within the consecrated host is protected while in the locked Tabernacle. With exposition in a monstrance, the scheduled adorers act as guardians of the Blessed Sacrament. Knowing that the adorer has a responsibility in that protection helps him/her to be faithful for which they volunteered. Also, for many adorers, exposition provides a more intimate experience than praying before the Tabernacle.
Q: May I read while adoring?
A: Yes. Possible spiritual reading may include Sacred Scripture, the Liturgy of the Hours, publications such as the Magnificat, writings of the saints, the Catechism, Church documents, and Catholic topical books, especially those which carry the nihil obstat and the imprimatur (declarations that the contents hjave been found free of doctrinal or moral error).
Many adorers jot a few notes or journal while in Adoration. The general rule is to keep things simple to limit distraction from the true purpose of Adoration - to spend time in the presence of God.
Q: May I talk in the chapel during adoration?
A: Yes; silence is not required. You may especially talk, pray, or sing out loud if you are the only one there! However, if you are not the only adorer present, it is best to maintain a silent atmosphere so as to not disturb or distract from another’s prayer.
Q: Do I have to kneel the whole time?
A: While in prayer with the exposed Blessed Sacrament the correct posture is to kneel or to reverently sit. Occasionally you will see another prayer posture – that of full prostration. That means that a person lays face down before the Blessed Sacrament. It is an extreme expression of submission and supplication. However, it is not required or mandated.
Q: How should I enter the chapel when the Blessed Sacrament is exposed on the altar?
A: When you are entering a place where Exposition and Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament is happening, the correct posture is to enter the space, and before either kneeling or sitting, to genuflect on one knee. Some people kneel on both knees, some people bow their head all the way to the ground. These are examples of personal pious actions and not required.