Ways to Adore Christ

01-14-2018Adoration

Pray the Psalms or the Liturgy of the Hours. Whether you are praising, giving thanks, asking for forgiveness or seeking an answer you'll find an appropriate psalm. The ancient prayer of the Church called the Liturgy of the Hours is an excellent way to pray through the Book of Psalms throughout the year.

Recite the "Jesus Prayer." Say "Lord Jesus, have mercy on me, a sinner"repeatedly as you quiet your heart and mind.

Meditate using Scripture. Choose a passage from the Bible. Read the words and ask God to let the passage speak to you. Pay special attention to anything that strikes you and askGod what he wishes for you to draw from that passage.

In the Garden of Gethsemane, before His crucifixion Jesus asked His Apostles, "Could you not keep watch with me for one hour." Spending one hour with Jesus thus became a tradition in the Church.

Read the life of a saint and pray with him or her. Most holy men and women have had a great devotion to Our Lord in the Eucharist. Thérése of Lisieux, Catherine of Siena, Francis of Assisi and Teresa of Calcutta are just a few.

Pour out your heart to Christ and adore him. Speak to Jesus and tell him all that comes to your mind. Listen for his response. St. Francis instructed his brothers to pray " I adore you, O Christ, present here and in all the churches of the world, for byyour holy cross you have redeemed the world."

Pray the rosary. Ask Mary to join you as you gaze on Christ in theEucharist and as you pray the Rosary.

Sit quietly and just "be" in the presence of God. Think of a visit to the Blessed Sacrament as coming to see your best friend. Instead of talking to the Lord, try listening to what he wants to tell you.

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