EUCHARISTIC ADORATION AT ST. FRANCIS'

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Oh sacrament
most holy!


Oh sacrament divine!


All praise and all thanksgiving

be every moment Thine.

adoration

Come to me,

all you who

are weary and

overburdened,

and I will give

you rest.   


Matthew 11:28

 


Adoration with exposition of the Blessed Sacrament takes place every Friday here at Saint Francis, Maidstone between
7:00am and 4:00pm and 6:00pm to 10:00pm, with the exception of Good Friday. The Blessed Sacrament is reposed during the morning mass at 10:30am and again during the evening mass at 8:00pm.

Please note: The church is currently closed on Friday between 4:00 and 6:00pm for weekly cleaning and so the Blessed Sacrament is also reposed during this time.  

Everyone is welcome to come into the church during the time of exposition and to stay as little or as long as they are able. You do not have to join the Adoration Team, a group of parishioners who have signed up for a regular weekly hour of adoration, and you will not be pressured into doing so. All that we ask is that you arrive in and leave the church with reverence and in silence, especially if you are only staying for a short time.

 

Parish Adoration Team


We are still looking for more Adorers for the Adoration Team between 7 and 9 am and 2 and 4 pm in particular, as we need a minimum number of people in the church at any one time, both for the safety of the Adorers but also for the Blessed Sacrament.

We also would welcome a few volunteers to act as emergency adorers. The emergency adorers would be asked on a very occasional and if available basis, to come to the church to cover an hour where too few adorers are expected, for example due to sickness or holiday absence.

If you feel that you can commit to a weekly hour on a Friday, either on a regular or semi- regular basis, or if you have any questions concerning adoration, then please contact the Saint Francis Parish Adoration Committee on the email address at the top of this page.

If you have already joined the Adoration Team we thank you. If you are thinking of joining, you will find the guide below of interest.

 

EUCHARISTIC ADORATION - Guidelines for Adoration

 

 

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"We adore You O Lord Jesus Christ in this church and all your churches of the world

and we bless You,

for through your Holy Cross You have redeemed the world."


Adapted from a prayer by Saint Francis of Assisi

 

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What should I do during adoration?

“Adoration means entering the depths of our hearts in communion with the Lord, who makes himself bodily present in the Eucharist. In the monstrance, he always entrusts himself to us and asks us to be united with his Presence, with his risen Body.”
Pope Benedict XVI March 2nd 2006

Everybody will have their own way of adoring the Blessed Sacrament but traditionally adoration, contrition, thanksgiving and petition are the four key areas. The two sided sheet ‘An hour with Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament’ may be useful to you.  adoration

There is no set prescription and you may find using written prayers, reading scripture passages, meditations and spiritual books, or more structured prayer, such as reciting the Rosary or the Chaplet of Divine Mercy, helpful. Equally well, some people use their adoration time as a conversation with Jesus in their own words or they sit and look in adoration at the monstrance. Each time you take part in adoration of the Blessed Sacrament the experience and time will be different, just as any meeting with a good friend will be.

Resources for adoration

A number of resources which you may find useful during your period of adoration can be found on the table in the church porch and they include laminated cards giving suggestions for an hour of adoration (An hour with Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament) and sheets of prayers. We would ask that these are returned to the table for the next adorers as you leave the church.

A number of booklets to help with adoration are also on sale in the church repository.

If you have any questions about adoration or any suggestions for new resources, then please contact the Adoration Committee on the email address at the top of the page.

 

St Francis, Pray for us.

 

The St Francis Parish Adoration Committee

 

 




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