Adoration & Evening Prayer
ADORATION of the BLESSED SACRAMENT is offered WEDNESDAYS from 8:00-9:00 PM (with Evening Prayer & Benediction) TUESDAYS & THURSDAYS from 12:00-1:00 PM (silent prayer with simple reposition)
On Wednesday evenings during the Fall & Spring semesters, after our 6:00 PM fellowship dinner, campus ministry holds a Holy Hour of Eucharistic Adoration from 8:00-9:00 PM, including singing, Evening Prayer (or “Vespers”) and Benediction.
We also have times of Eucharistic Adoration on Tuesdays and Thursdays from noon until 1:00 pm. These are times of silent prayer, with students invited to be present for any or all of that time to prayerfully adore our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament.
What is Adoration?
As Catholics, we believe that Jesus meant what he said at the Last Supper when he took bread, gave thanks, blessed it, broke it, and said, “This is my Body.” We believe that Jesus is truly and substantially present in the Eucharist. Since the beginning of the Church, Christians have kept the Eucharist reserved outside of Mass so it could be taken to the sick in times of need. This reserved Eucharist also served as a focal point for prayer and worship outside of the liturgy of the Mass.
During Eucharistic Adoration, the Blessed Sacrament (the Eucharist) is taken from the tabernacle and displayed in a monstrance for the worship of the faithful.
Adoration is above all else a time of prayer and worship, where we give thanks to God, give him praise, and petition him for our needs. Adoration can be done in silence (as it is on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons in our chapel), include spoken prayers such as the rosary, the singing of hymns, or other prayers such as the Liturgy of the Hours.
During our Holy Hours on Wednesday evenings, we pray Evening Prayer (Vespers) from the Liturgy of the Hours as part of our time of Adoration.
Liturgy of the Hours
The Liturgy of the Hours is the daily prayer of the Church, consisting primarily of the psalms. It is also known as the Divine Office, the Breviary, or the Psalter.
The Liturgy of the Hours is:
- Liturgy: meaning it is an official, public prayer of the Church. When you pray the Liturgy of the Hours, you are praying not just as an individual, but corporately as part of the Mystical Body of Christ.
- Of the Hours: “hours” here means “time.” It is a way of sanctifying time, reminding us of eternal realities in the midst of our temporal concerns. Each office or “hour” corresponds with a general time of the day: Morning Prayer, Daytime Prayer, Evening Prayer, Night Prayer, and the Office of Readings (which can be prayed at any time during the day).
Evening Prayer, which we pray to conclude our time of Adoration on Wednesday nights, consists of psalms and canticles, a short scripture reading, a brief homily, the Canticle of Mary (Magnificat), intercessory petitions, the Lord’s Prayer (Our Father), and concludes with Benediction (a solemn blessing with the Eucharist).
If you are unfamiliar with the Liturgy of the Hours, don’t worry! We have books in our chapel to follow along and the page numbers are announced. You are also welcome to pray along with us in silence.