NEW YEAR ADORATION PRAYER for Friends of Jesus Truly Present:
"All praise, glory, and honor to You, Jesus, personally present and fully alive in the most Blessed Sacrament, where You welcome me with open arms and loving Heart and with words first spoken long ago: "Blest are they who have not seen and have believed!" Without seeing You with the senses, I believe in Your Presence, in the light of faith. Without seeing You, Jesus, I love You here in the Blessed Sacrament for Your Presence here tells me that, with all Your Heart, You love me. Day and night You wait [in Saint John's Blessed Sacrament Chapel] with burning love to welcome, embrace, and bless all who visit You, for Your delight is to dwell with the children of men, drawing close to us that we may draw close to You. By the power of Your Eucharistic Love, make me firm in my Catholic faith, and keep me obedient to Church teachings, which are truths inspired by the Holy Spirit imparted in Love for man's salvation. As You give Yourself completely to me, I give myself completely to You. Through the Immaculate Heart of Mary, I surrender to You my mind, my body, my heart, my will, and my liberty, for true freedom is loving You without reservation." Please increase my faith and love for You, truly Present, Jesus. Amen! ... (extracted from "Come to Me in the Blessed Sacrament")
Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration
Because of Christ’s love for His Church, we as Catholics have the true body, blood, soul and divinity of Jesus Christ in the Blessed Sacrament. To honor this miracle, we have Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament perpetually at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church.
Our Commitment: To show our gratitude and love toward Christ our Lord, St John's has Adoration of His True Presence 24 hours a day, 7 days a week (except during Masses), and everyone is welcome. Access code required after hours. Contact Karla Del Rosario for questions or to commit to an hour with Our Lord.
Time & Training Required: One hour attendance once a week for weekly members, or people willing to substitute for an occasional hour. Click on the link below to read the guidelines for members.
Adoration members have a desire to spend time with our Lord. It is important to be faithful to the pledged hour, making sure that it is always covered either by the member or a substitute. Promptness is also important.
St John's has designatied the 10:00 a.m. Saturday hour of Adoration each week for the Persecuted Christians.
There are many painful stories surfacing about the plight of Christians throughout the world. If you have been watching world events and wondered what action you could take on behalf of those persecuted, we offer this verse - Romans 15:30 - "I urge you, brothers and sisters, by our Lord Jesus Christ and by the love of the Spirit, to join me in the struggle by your prayers to God..."
We humbly ask that you join us in one hour of Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration for those persecuted that God might bring an end to the suffering and inhumanity currently found throughout the world, and replace it with a spirit of unity and peace to all people.
Fr. Ray has offered this prayer for us to pray:
O God, who in you inscrutable providence will that the Church be united to the sufferings of Your Son, grant, we pray, to your faithful who suffer for your name's sake a spirit of patience and charity, that they may be found true faithful witnesses to the promises you have made.
Through the prayers offered before your Most Blessed Sacrament, confirm your servants in the truth and grant to your faithful who suffer tribulation that, as they follow your Son in bearing their cross, they may, in every trial, give glory in the name of Christian they bear in being one with you through baptism.
We ask all of this through Christ our Lord. Amen.
If you are unable to physically attend Adoration, please consider offering up this prayer wherever you are the appointed time.
Frequently Asked Questions
When we spend time in Eucharistic Adoration, we sit in the real presence of Jesus Christ, fully present in mind, body, soul and divinity in the Eucharist. When we stop to think about this we may ask, "What does this really mean and how does this happen?"
The following is a list of frequently asked questions about the True Presence of Jesus in the Eucharist:
Why does Jesus give himself to us as food and drink?
Why is the Eucharist not only a meal but also a sacrifice?
When the bread and wine become the Body and Blood of Christ, why do they still look and taste like bread and wine?
Does the bread cease to be bread and the wine cease to be wine?
Is it fitting that Christ's Body and Blood become present in the Eucharist under the appearances of bread and wine?
Are the consecrated bread and wine "merely symbols"?
Do the consecrated bread and wine cease to be the Body and Blood of Christ when the Mass is over?
Why are some of the consecrated hosts reserved after the Mass?
What are appropriate signs of reverence with respect to the Body and Blood of Christ?
If a believer who is conscious of having committed a mortal sin eats and drinks the consecrated bread and wine, does he or she still receive the Body and Blood of Christ?
Does one receive the whole Christ if one receives Holy Communion under a single form?
Is Christ present during the celebration of the Eucharist in other ways in addition to his Real Presence in the Blessed Sacrament?
Why do we speak of the "Body of Christ" in more than one sense?
Why do we call the presence of Christ in the Eucharist a "mystery"?