eucharistic Adoration


    "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"
                         -Pope John Paul II, Dominicae cenae, 24 February  1980                     

    Catholic Diocese of Arlington




    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.

    Eucharistic Adoration

    Many parishes throughout the diocese host eucharistic adoration. Please contact your parish for specific dates and times.  

    Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration

    Below is a listing of parishes with   perpetual eucharistic adoration: