Adoration during the Pandemic
Adoration is returning to the chapel!
Since we came back from lockdown last summer, we have been having Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament in both the main church and the Adoration chapel. If you have never experienced Adoration before, it is a form of prayer that involves taking a consecrated Host from Mass and placing it on the altar in a gold vessel called a monstrance. It is a powerful way to remain in loving communion with Jesus even long after Mass has ended!
Having Adoration in our church these past several months was a blessing in so many ways. Now as life at HNOJ returns to normalcy and other events look to use the church space, we will return to having Adoration almost exclusively in the Adoration Chapel, beginning on May 3. The schedule will remain the same. Since we are still following social distancing protocols, we ask you to be attentive to the six-person capacity in the chapel. However, since most hours have only one or two adorers, there should not be any issue for you to come and adore Our Lord at these times!
**Adoration on Tuesday evenings from 7-9 p.m. will remain in the main church as an opportunity for more people to participate. Please come and bring your family and friends, even if you can stay for only a few minutes!
The Adoration hours will be (all in the Adoration chapel unless otherwise noted):
- Monday 10 a.m.-2 p.m. and 6-10 p.m.
- Tuesday 10 a.m.-2 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. (in the main church)
- Wednesday 6-10 p.m.
- Thursday 6-10 p.m.
- Friday 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
We are also in need of committed adorers at some of these hours. If you would like to sign up as a committed adorer or as a substitute, please visit hnoj.weadorehim.com to set up an account!
Our Lord’s constant Presence with us in the Eucharist is one of our parish’s greatest treasures. I hope you are able to take some time out of your busy day to spend a silent moment with Him!
In Christ Jesus,
That one hour in the Adoration Chapel is my time to thank God, honor Him, listen to Him, and to ask Him for forgiveness, guidance and strength. The fuller your life is, the more you need that quiet hour with God.
-- Kris Parod, parishioner at Holy Name of Jesus
What is Eucharistic Adoration?
Eucharistic Adoration is an opportunity: an opportunity to find an oasis of peace in the midst of a hectic world, an opportunity for silence in the midst of ceaseless noise, an opportunity for reflection in the midst of never-ending tasks of daily life. Most of all, it is an opportunity to spend time with Jesus, and to get to know him as a friend; a friend who delights simply in time spend with those he loves.
God wants to be close to us. The Eucharist is the miracle of this closeness in our lives. The goal of adoration is to help us appreciate this miracle in a deeper way, so that we enter more deeply into the wonder of the Mass, and allow it to transform our lives.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Why are we having Adoration in the church now?
Adoring Jesus in our main church allows for social distancing and easy sanitation. But it also shows the beautiful link between Adoration and the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, which takes place on the same altar!
How will sanitation work?
Upon arriving, you will pick up a small pink slip and bring it into the church with you. Leave it on your pew when you leave so that our maintenance workers can sanitize at the end of the day. Obviously, please do not sit where you find one of these slips!
What if I can’t come for my hour?
The reduced Adoration times will allow us to have at least two adorers per hour, so that everyone will have backup. But you can also find a list of substitutes at hnoj.weadorehim.com.
What if I can’t come for one of the scheduled hours?
We understand that the limited times may make it difficult for some to participate in Adoration. Hopefully, with a few hours in the daytime and in the evening, we will be able to accommodate as many people as possible! We will also be using the Adoration Chapel at limited capacity some evenings (see below).
Can I still come to Adoration even if I am not signed up for an hour?
Yes! We hope that all our parishioners feel encouraged to take advantage of this Treasure whenever they have the chance. Whether or not you have a scheduled hour, you are welcome to come and adore Our Lord for as long as your time allows.
Are we using the Adoration Chapel at all?
Yes! Our Lord will always be present in the tabernacle, day and night, for you to come and pray. The code for the chapel door will remain the same. We will also have the Blessed Sacrament exposed in the Adoration Chapel on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 6 to 10 p.m. for those who cannot make it to one of the other times. Adorers will be limited during these hours to maintain social distancing norms in the smaller space; we ask that no more than 6 persons be in the chapel at any given time.
What if I want to come to Adoration, but can’t sign up right now?
No worries! We have ensured that someone will always be with Our Lord. If you would like to come but can’t sign up, we hope you can come at your convenience and stay as long as you like! You do not need to be officially signed up in order to adore Him.
Adore: simply look at Jesus and recognize Him as God. Thank him for His love. Offer Him your heart along with all of its burdens.*
Look: at Him who looks at you with love. Pray: the rosary, the divine mercy chaplet or other devotions, intercede for others.
Read: the bible or other spiritual writings.
Listen: for God’s voice speaking to your heart. Rest: in God’s presence, and allow him to fill your soul with His peace.
Be: with Him, center your heart on Him, enjoy His presence.
*Upon entering and before leaving the Chapel, it is customary to genuflect on one or both knees, in reverence to Jesus.
- The desire to spend an hour with Jesus weekly on an ongoing basis
- Enjoy quiet prayer time
- Faithful to schedules
- Willing to communicate with the hourly coordinator
- Know in your heart that you were drawn here by the Holy Spirit. Jesus is patiently waiting for you to come before Him so that He can bless you, comfort you and give you hope. He wants you to have peace in your life and He wants to show you the way to the Father. His INVITATION is knocking at your door...open the doors to your heart and let Him...
- Come and visit Him in His Blessed Adoration Chapel and kneel before Him...Face-To-Face...and you will find peace in your life. Jesus will listen to your pleas, hopes and desires, and in His Divine Way, He will bless you with His grace, courage, strength and zeal for God's Word.