There are many things we can do during Eucharistic Adoration, but to make the time most effective there are certain things we should do. Fr. Josh puts forth some simple guidelines you can use to help you improve your relationship with God in the Blessed Sacrament.
We ought to kneel before the Lord, but if kneeling starts to become painful and distracts us from focusing on God, making us focus on our pain instead, we should sit or lie prostrate. As Fr. Josh says, we want to be comfortable enough to remain focused on the Lord, but not so comfortable that our thoughts start to drift off.
Adoration is a liturgical act that can bring our hearts closer to God when done right. Listen to his voice by reading the Bible. Then share your heart.
Remember the Pirate’s Prayer: ARRR – acknowledge, relate, receive, respond. Acknowledge that you are in the presence of the Lord. Relate with the Lord through your own life. Receive the blessings he is offering to you. Then respond by making some resolution to bring God into your life as you leave Adoration.
Another helpful guide for Adoration is the Rosary, especially if you incorporate lectio divina into it as you pray. Using these five steps while praying a Rosary in Adoration is time well-spent:
- Read the Scripture verses associated with each mystery
- Meditate on each mystery
- Pray each decade
- Contemplate by simply sitting in the presence of the Lord
- Resolve to invite God into your life in a deeper way as you leave Adoration.
For more great guidelines and advice on how to make Adoration a more powerful part of you life, keep an eye out for Fr. Josh’s upcoming book, Pocket Guide to Adoration.
Meet Fr. Josh Johnson
While Fr. Josh was raised Catholic, he didn’t like the Church growing up. Then, one day in adoration, he fell in love with Jesus and received the call to become a priest.
Now, Fr. Josh is the pastor for Our Lady of the Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Louisiana, and he is a presenter in three of Ascension’s programs: Altaration, YOU: Life, Love, and the Theology of the Body, and The 99 as well as the author of Broken and Blessed: An Invitation to My Generation.