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How Should I Pray During Adoration?

A caller asks Father Dave, “Are there certain prayers — or is there a certain way — that you’re supposed to pray during Adoration?”

Father Dave responds, “Now when you say ‘supposed to,’ I’m gonna mostly go with ‘No,’ on a ‘supposed to.’ This isn’t a must or a should. … What it is is ‘adoration.’ It is a loving prayer — even if it is just as simple as no words. If you think of a loved one — a parent or spouse or somebody that you love so much you’re okay just being in their presence or maybe occasionally saying you enjoy being in their presence. Sometimes, it’s just that. Now, if somebody does that every week for an hour or more, humanly, we might need a little more than that.”

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Christina shares some of her experience of going to Adoration, explaining that she generally doesn’t go with any sort of agenda. She just wants to spend time with God. “It’s really just a conversation when I go to Adoration between me and God and sharing what’s on my heart. And also sitting and adoring his presence in the Blessed Sacrament.”

Father Dave asks Christina to explain what she means for people who might struggle with the idea of adoring Christ’s presence in the Blessed Sacrament.

“There are a few things you could do … acts of reverence like kneeling or as St. Therese said, ‘I just tell Jesus that I love him.’ That’s something you can do as well … Just being present means a lot to God … and in that way, you are adoring him.”

Father Dave says that he doesn’t go into Adoration with a run-down, like on the show, but it’s generally a time for prayers of intercession and sharing others’ concerns with God. He tends to be a little more free-spirited during Adoration. (Original Air 10-24-17)

Photo credit: Father Liam McDonald elevates a monstrance during Eucharistic Adoration at the Quo Vadis Camp at Immaculate Conception Seminary in Huntington, N.Y. (CNS photo/Gregory A. Shemitz, Long Island Catholic)