“Could you not keep watch with me for one hour?”
ESPN has a series of sports movies that it calls “30 for 30”. Starting February 21, we will begin our own 30 for 30. On that day, we will extend Eucharistic Adoration in the church to 9 am – 5 pm and continue it each Wednesday in Lent.
Whenever the Eucharist is exposed, at least two people should be there (one is always required). So, our sign-up sheet in the church vestibule includes two people for every half hour during those eight hours (except for 12-12:30 for Mass). So, my quick Gonzaga math (!) tells me that 2 people times 15 half hours equals 30 people. That means we are asking for 30 people to commit for 30 minutes of Adoration during Lent. 30 for 30!
What we be even better, of course, is if all 30 people made a full hour of Adoration. Jesus desires that of us (e.g., Mt 26:40).
Parishes that have stepped up their hours of Adoration have received extraordinary graces. Dioceses that have grown Adoration in their parishes have experienced an increase in vocations particularly with the priesthood. For individuals, God gives many graces to those who adore Jesus in the Eucharist. So, I promise you that the Lord will reward our parish and each one of you for going 30 for 30! He is never outdone in generosity.
Below are some quotes and testimonies about Eucharistic Adoration from www.eucharisticadoration.ie.
I hope that 30 of us experience the graces of Adoration this Lent and write our own testimony one day!
May you know the peace of Christ,
“Indeed, this is the will of My Father, that everyone who looks upon the Son and believes in Him, will have eternal life. Him I will raise up on the last day” – John 6:40.
“I have a burning desire to be honored in the Blessed Sacrament” – Jesus said to St. Margaret Mary Alacoque.
“What we need in every parish, to come before Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament frequently in holy hours of prayer” – St. Teresa of Calcutta.
“The most efficacious way to grow in holiness, is time spent with Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament” – Pope Paul VI
“The Church and the world have a great need for Eucharistic worship. Jesus waits for us in the Sacrament of Love. Let us be generous with our time in going to meet Him in adoration and contemplation that is full of faith…May our adoration never cease” – St. John Paul II
“The zeal to carry evangelization to the ends of the earth comes from contemplation and adoration of the Lord Jesus” – Pope Francis
In recent times I had a feeling I wanted to do more than go to Mass each week. I felt in recent times, as if the Lord was calling me to do a little more. Then one Sunday a few months ago, a speaker from the Apostolate of Eucharistic Adoration was speaking at all the Masses in our Parish. During his talk he invited people to think in terms of a weekly commitment to Eucharistic Adoration.
Weekly Adoration for at least two days a week was about to begin in our Parish. There was emphasis on the need for commitment of an hour a week and that the spiritual benefits to individuals, families and the parish were enormous…since I have started weekly Adoration I look forward so much to my hour with the Lord. It is now, even after a short time, a real priority in my life. I continue to pray that other members of my family will follow. I keep telling them how much it means to me and that you have to experience it to appreciate it. – Angela
“…the most peaceful time of the week, my hour at Eucharistic Adoration” – Mary.
“I have been coming to weekly silent Adoration for a good while now. It just amazes me that anytime of the day, I can find Jesus here waiting for me. We are so fortunate to have such a treasure in our parish. Long may it last!”
“…Adoration…was the first time in years that I experienced peace in my life and I wanted more of this…It has made such a difference in my life…I am still very busy at various things but the hour in Adoration seems to help me to have a clearer head and do things more effectively and efficiently.
I now realize after all these years that the busier you are the more you need the Lord and one of the places to find Him is in the Adoration Chapel.”