Adoration is an amazing gift, privilege, and honestly it is oxygen for me. I think of when Jesus said to his apostles “could you not stay awake one hour?” That’s adoration. There is a chapel set aside for Jesus to be exposed for us to come sit with him. Pour out our hearts, souls, joys, fears, sorrows.
I cherish my weekly date with Jesus. It’s interesting because the parish I attend is the only one left in Amarillo that has 24/7 adoration chapel. but we too are starting to have gaps of needing people to cover these hours.
I grew up with adoration so its something I am very familiar with, but I know there are generations before and after me who didn’t grow up with this type of prayer and worship time. I am so grateful St. Thomas has adoration. yet I am concerned if more parishioners don’t realize what a gift we have then we will lose it. Some people feel they can’t dedicate an hour a week. Some feel they can’t do the late hours that might be open.
But why not?
How many hours a week do we twaddle away with TV, entertainment busy work, or even feeling frazzled because we don’t have enough hours in our day.
Every week I bring my schedule to Jesus in adoration and I tell him to show me what needs to be weeded out. I ask him to show me where I’m not focusing on Him, my family, the essentials of life.
He never lets me down. I love my hour with him. I have cried, laughed, closed my eyes, and rested my head. I have sat on the floor, knelt in the pew, and have been 100% me with him. I can’t count all the different oils I have used during my adoration hours to enlighten and connect my experience in such an amazing way. But probably my 2 favorite oils to use during adoration is Peace and Frankincense. Because that is why I go….to gather peace. I need that hour to sit still and feel peace and comfort in his love, his embrace, his wisdom.
It would be so sad if because of a lack of understanding about adoration and/or busyness that our chapel too would have to close. So my most recent prayers is that fellow parishioners “open their eyes Lord….help them to see your face….”
Have you ever experienced a holy hour with the Lord in front of the blessed sacrament? If so what was it like? If not, do you want to change that? Sit with that…..pray about it….write about it….share below about it!
Many blessings and hugs dear followers….family…friends…