"The Church and the world have a great need of Eucharistic worship. Jesus waits for us in this Sacrament of love. Let us be generous with our time in going to meet him in adoration and in contemplation that is full of faith and ready to make reparation for the great faults and crimes of the world. May our adoration never cease." (St. John Paul II, Dominicae cenae 24)
The development of prayer before the reserved Blessed Sacrament owes its origins not only to the Church’s faith regarding the nature of the Eucharist, but also to a concept of prayer rooted in the Old Testament that came to flourish in Christian spirituality by the fourth century – compositio loci – the “placing” of oneself in the presence of God.
Eucharistic worship, therefore, consists in our active participation in the Mass, culminating in the reception of Holy Communion, and in our public and private adoration of the Lord in the Blessed Sacrament. Both are distinct, yet complementary, forms of worship.
Visiting the Blessed Sacrament, whether reserved in a tabernacle or exposed in a monstrance, should draw the faithful deeper into the Paschal Mystery and foster “the right dispositions for celebrating the memorial of the Lord with fitting devotion and for receiving frequently the heavenly Bread which the Father has provided for us” (Holy Communion and Worship of the Eucharist outside Mass, 80).
The Church encourages both private visits to the Lord in the tabernacle and times (either fixed or continuous) of solemn and public exposition and adoration. In this way, the faithful are able to come as individuals or in groups to pray for personal/world needs, to grow closer to the Lord, and to increase in faith, hope and charity.
Many parishes throughout the Diocese of Arlington host Eucharistic Adoration. Please use the parish finder to locate one near you.