Eucharistic adoration is the act of adoring the eucharistic presence of Christ. The Church believes that because “Christ himself, living and glorious, is present in a true, real, and substantial manner: his Body and his Blood, with his soul and his divinity” (CCC: 1413), the Most Blessed Sacrament is worthy of our adoration. To adore God is to acknowledge God “as God, as the Creator and Saviour, the Lord and Master of everything that exists, as infinite and merciful Love” (CCC: 2096-2097). “We can pray anywhere,” Cardinal Collins writes, “but there is no more fitting place to pray on earth than in the sacramental presence of the Lord. There we are profoundly struck with the awesome mystery of God’s grace.”
Frequently Asked Questions
To learn more about Eucharistic adoration, these resources may help:
- ➤Video: Fr. Robert Barron: Reflections on Eucharistic Adoration
- ➤Catechism of the Catholic Church: Eucharistic Adoration: 1322-1419.
- ➤Compendium of the Catechism of the Catholic Church: 271-294.
- ➤The Code of Canon Law: 934-944.
- ➤Sacramentum Caritatis: On the Eucharist As the Source and Summit of the Church’s life and Mission.
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Additional resource: ➤Adoration Prayer (booklet form)