Adoring The Real And

Whole Presence Of

Our Lord, Jesus Christ

What Is Eucharistic Adoration?
At Mass, our gifts of bread and wine are transformed by "the efficacy of the Word of Christ and the actions of the Holy Spirit" into the body and blood, soul and divinity of our Lord, Jesus Christ (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1374-1375). Even after the Mass has ended, Christ remains REALLY and FULLY PRESENT for as long as the Eucharistic species of bread and wine remain. For this reason, the early Church began reserving the Eucharist to bring to the sick and others absent from Mass. As the Church's appreciation of this Eucharistic presence deepened over time, the faithful came to worship Christ present in the Sacrament that is reserved in the tabernacle at the end of Mass. This way of worshipping is called Eucharistic Adoration.



There are several forms of Eucharistic Adoration. One is the simple visit to the Blessed Sacrament. People come to the church to spend time before Christ in silent prayer, meditation, reading Scripture, praying the rosary, or just resting in the Lord's presence.

On the first Thursday of each month, another form of Eucharistic Adoration, known as the Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament , takes place at St. James. After morning Mass, the Blessed Sacrament is exposed in a monstrance on the altar until Benediction that evening.

Spending time before our Lord present in the Eucharist helps people to feel his infinite love, the love of Christ who "remains mysteriously in our midst as the one who loved us and gave himself up for us" (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1380). As Pope John Paul II has written:

"The Church and the world have a great need for Eucharistic worship. Jesus awaits us in this sacrament of love. Let us not refuse the time to go to meet him in adoration, in contemplation full of faith, and open to making amends for the serious offenses and crimes of the world. Let our adoration never cease."
( Dominicae cenae, 3)

Throughout church history, people have experienced tremendous graces in the presence of our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament.



Come and see for yourself. Jesus is waiting for YOU!






Exposition of The Blessed Sacrament


ea4_p "I am the living bread which came down from heaven; if anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever; and the bread which I shall give for the life of the world is my flesh."

John 6:51
Saint James Church (CHAPEL)
Elm Street, Rocky Hill, CT

First Thursday of Each Month 8:30 AM to 7:00 PM

For more information on the Eucharistic Adoration Committee contact Lori Riley @ 563-5230