At St. Anthony's, Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament is available on Tuesday evenings. Mass is celebrated at 6:30 PM, then we say the 13 Tuesdays Novena to St. Anthony. Following recitation of the Novena, we have Adoration until 8 PM. Confession is available. Adoration is also available after the Noon Mass on First Fridays from 12:30 to 1:30 PM; on every First Friday-First Saturday after the 9 PM Mass (Sacred Heart of Jesus) until the Midnight Mass (Immaculate Heart of Mary) as part of the “Alliance of the Two Hearts” monthly devotion; and finally, the Young Adult Group “The Fresh Anointing” includes Adoration as part of its twice monthly meetings, on the 2nd and 4th Fridays of each month.
"Behold I am with you always, until the end of the age" (Matt 28:20). Eucharistic Adoration is a continuation of the commual worship of the Mass. Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament is an opportunity to come before Jesus physically present in the consecrated Host.
Adoration is a personal act of faith in this Presence, an act of love for the God who loved us even unto death on a cross. It is sitting before the Lord as the early disciples did, to listen to him, to learn his will for us, to allow our hearts to be transformed. It is placing ourselves and our loved ones before the radiance of his peaceful gaze to experience his healing, strengthening presence.
An hour spent in the presence of Jesus, praying directly before him, is truly a Holy Hour, a powerful means for advancing along the road to wholeness…to holiness. The more we allow him access to our hearts, the more he can transform our lives, no matter what our situations or circumstances.
During the Hour
A Holy Hour with Jesus may be spent praying familiar prayers, saying the Rosary, reading Scripture or spiritual books. We may be too weary to do any of these, and simply want to sit in his Presence and receive his love and peace.
Some people experience painful memories of hurt or past sins when they have been in adoration for awhile. This is a sign that the Lord is doing some deep purifying and healing. As our sins are made known to us, Jesus invites us to come to him in the Sacrament of Penance to be reconciled with the Father through the Spirit of Love.
Finally, it is natural to become tired, distracted or even bored during an hour of prayer. Yet every time that we find ourselves distracted and then turn our attention back to him, we make an act of love. Remember the first three friends Jesus invited to come and spend an hour with him? They fell asleep! Yet he built the Church upon their response to his mystery and presence.