Sunday, February 7, 2016

366 Project - Day 38 - "Holy Hour (Adoration)"

February 07, 2016 - "Holy Hour (Adoration)"

Today is my first official day of Eucharistic Adoration... my first official "Holy Hour".

Our church is blessed to have a Perpetual Adoration Chapel - a chapel that is open 24 hours a day - every day of the year. Weekday masses are held in the chapel each morning... but the other hours of the day the chapel is set up for Eucharistic Adoration - with the consecrated Eucharist in full view in a beautiful monstrance upon the altar.

There has to be someone in the chapel at all times - so some parishioners sign up for an assigned "Holy Hour" - one hour each and every week that they will be in the chapel, in part so that "someone" will be physically present... and in part so that there will never be an hour when someone is not "keeping watch with the Lord".

Well... though I've spent hours in the chapel before, today was my first "official" day as an Adorer. From now on - every single Sunday - I will spend one hour in the chapel immediately after attending mass... "keeping watch" and offering prayers.

I cannot begin to tell you how beautiful such an hour spent in prayer can be... how comforting it can make you feel to sit there in silence, in the presence of the Lord. It almost brings you to tears.

Actually it did bring me to tears. Happy tears. Comforting tears. Humbling tears.


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