What is Eucharistic Exposition, Adoration, Benediction and Reposition?
Adoration of the Holy Eucharist may be celebrated in several ways.
Catholics often have 'unfamiliar' words to describe many things.
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The following document contains prayers and songs you can say during the Holy Hour as well as a basic explanation for Exposition, Adoration, Benediction, the ritual, when celebrated by a bishop, priest, or deacon, with altar server(s) and congregation, in the main body of a church.
This document was prepared by the Adoremus Society for the Renewal of the Sacred Liturdy, their website is www.adoremus.org
WHAT DO I DO DURING A HOLY HOUR?
A holy hour is an exercise of love, not a project to be accomplished.
Fr. Benedict Groeschel points out in his book, In the Presence of Our Lord: The History, Theology, and Psychology of Eucharistic Devotion, that there are “four kinds of prayer most appropriate in the presence of the Eucharist, namely adoration and praise, thanksgiving, repentance, trusting and intercession.”
You can say the Rosary, read a spiritual book, read some prayers (you can download some prayer samples here), or you can just do nothing and simply rest with the Lord.
What happens as we contemplate the presence of Christ in the Blessed Sacrament?
When we contemplate Christ present in the Blessed Sacrament we are given the opportunity to thank him for his passion, death, and glorious resurrection, the marvelous saving act that brought about our redemption. Christ draws near to us, more intimate with us than we are with ourselves. He strengthens our share in his divine life, the life that transforms us into his likeness and, in the Spirit, he gives us access to the Father.
As Pope John Paul II reflected in his recent encyclical letter:
"It is pleasant to spend time with him, to lie close to his breast like the Beloved Disciple (cf. Jn 13:25) and to feel the infinite love present in his heart. If in our time Christians must be dis-tinguished above all by the ‘art of prayer,’ how can we not feel a renewed need to spend time in spiritual converse, in silent adoration, in heartfelt love before Christ present in the Most Holy Sacrament? How often, dear brother and sisters, have I experienced this, and drawn from it strength, consolation and support!"
“I look at Him and He looks at me”,
A man answered when Saint John Vianney
asked what he was doing in front of the Blessed Sacrament for hours each day.