Why College Students are Rediscovering Adoration
Have you heard? Here you can buy college essays. There’s a new trend on Catholic campuses and it’s transforming lives. Students are rediscovering Eucharistic Adoration, a timeless Church tradition. There’s nothing difficult about it:
Just take some time for prayer in front of Jesus.’ Glorify Him.’ Beseech Him.’ Come to a deeper understanding of Him as you contemplate His tremendous sacrifice for you and all mankind.’ Love Him.
Could you not watch one hour with Me?’ That question alone justifies the time that we spend with our Lord.’ But there are other benefits:
- Experience God&’s grace, inviting you to a genuine, personal encounter with Christ truly present in the Eucharist and helping you stay faithful to Him.
- Find peace in the love Christ showers upon you. Take a break from your hectic schedule, put your soul at rest, and build the strength that you need to succeed in college and life.
- Work out relationship problems and other troubles with Christ, who shares both your joys and your sorrows by His sacrifice laid out before you.
- Root your studies, athletics, charitable and social justice work, and all endeavors in Christ by first pondering and sharing in His sacrifice.’ Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen put it best when he said, Neither theological knowledge nor social action alone is enough to keep us in love with Christ unless both are proceeded by a personal encounter with Him.
- Experience the greatest high of your college years, one that will transform you and bring you constant joy!
What is Eucharistic Adoration?
At Eucharistic Adoration, a priest or deacon places the Eucharist in the form of an unconsumed host into a monstrance, a “showcase” designed to allow the display and worship of Jesus in the Eucharist. Then, for a designated period of time, all are encouraged to visit Jesus to pray and worship. On a deeper level, Eucharistic Adoration is our response to Jesus&’ promise: And behold, I am with you always, until the end of the age. We worship in awe the Second Person of the Most Holy Trinity whose entire person, body, blood, soul, and divinity, is REALLY PRESENT. Perpetuated through the centuries, the Church has developed the devotion of adoring Christ, exposed for all to see, in the Most Blessed Sacrament.
How do I participate?
- Individual sessions of Adoration are typically for one hour at a time. Each one-hour session is called a Holy Hour. It&’s good to get into the habit of making at least one or two Holy Hours every week. By making this commitment, we gradually begin to want to spend more time with Jesus. If you&’ve never participated in Eucharistic Adoration before, it is good to start with just an hour. This, however, does not at all mean that visits for less than one hour are not acceptable. A visit can be 5, 15, or 30 minutes, or even just 30 seconds as you make your way to class. Jesus is there, ready and waiting to fill you with His love.
How do I get started?
- Eucharistic Adoration requires the permission and participation of the priest(s) responsible for your campus church or chapel.’ But faculty, staff, or students often organize the program, especially by scheduling at least one person to be present with the Eucharist at all times that Christ is displayed.’ Contact your campus ministry about participating in Adoration or getting it started.’ For advice and resources, contact the Association of Students at Catholic Colleges (ASCC).