“…In this world I cannot see the Most High Son of God with my own eyes, except for His Most Holy Body and Blood.” — St. Francis of Assisi
Eucharistic Adoration is adoring or honoring Christ truly present before us in the Eucharist. In a Eucharistic adoration chapel, the Eucharist, placed in a monstrance, is exposed to be seen and adored. In St. Joseph’s Oratory, the monstrance is both secured in a tabernacle and exposed to those coming in to pray because the tabernacle is made of glass. During Eucharistic Adoration, in silence and in His Presence, we open ourselves to His Graces which flow from the Eucharist. The Lord draws us to Himself and gently transforms us.
Adoration is the first attitude of man acknowledging that he is a creature before his Creator. It exalts the greatness of the Lord who made us and the almighty power of the Savior who sets us free from evil. Adoration is homage of the spirit to the “King of Glory,” respectful silence in the presence of the “ever greater” God. Adoration of the thrice-holy and sovereign God of love blends with humility and gives assurance to our supplications. – Catechism of the Catholic Church
[Text below taken from: Eucharistic Adoration: Reflections in the Franciscan Tradition]
The fire of God’s love in our Franciscan tradition is most evidenced in St. Francis’ constant adoration. In every church he visited Francis prayed: “We adore You, Lord Jesus Christ, in all Your churches throughout the world, and we bless You, because by Your holy cross You have redeemed the world!” 1
St. Clare followed this intense desire for oneness with the sacrament of the Eucharist. As witnesses of Christ’s abiding presence, the Poor Ladies nurtured the feeble faith of commoners, nobles, and outcasts alike. Clare urged her companions to discover the fullness of love by basking in divine light and to become living icons of God. St. Clare of Assisi does not give us a set of prayers that she created, but in her writings we discover her spirituality and her path to God.
She invites us to gaze, consider, contemplate, and imitate Christ. Clare gazes on all of creation because it has the potential to speak to her of God. She considers the experiences of her life in the light of the Gospels. She contemplates the crucified and glorified Christ and opens herself to be transformed by the Divine One who loves her. She deeply desires to imitate the One she loves to become the image of the Word of Love.
Images of Clare portray her holding the monstrance of the Eucharist, lifting Christ up for all to see. She shows the Most High God to the world. Her vision of Christ is the “brilliance of eternal light / and the mirror without blemish.” 2 The purpose of her contemplative prayer is to draw as close as she can to God incarnate so that ultimately she can discover her own unity with God. Then, in her words, we can “taste the hidden sweetness that, from the beginning, God Himself has reserved for His lovers.” 3
Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration (2012-02-28). Eucharistic Adoration: Reflections in the Franciscan Tradition (pp. 5-7). Franciscan Media. Kindle Edition.
1. Francis of Assisi, “The Testament,” in The Saint, vol. 1 of Francis of Assisi: Early Documents, Regis J. Armstrong, o.f.m. cap., J.A. Wayne Hellmann, o.f.m. conv., and William Short, o.f.m., eds. (New York: New City, 1999), pp. 124– 125.
2. Clare of Assisi, “The Fourth Letter to Agnes of Prague,” in Clare of Assisi: Early Documents, Regis J. Armstrong, o.f.m. cap., ed. and trans. (St. Bonaventure, N.Y.: Franciscan Institute, 1993), p. 50. Hereafter referred to as CA:ED.
3. Clare of Assisi, “The Third Letter to Agnes of Prague,” CA:ED, p. 45.