Open Hours at Church of the Holy Cross are Wednesdays 1-2 am and 4-5 am, Fridays 5-6 am and Saturdays 9-10 pm. Prayer Partners are wanted for Mondays 8-9 am, 7-8 pm, Thursdays 11-12 pm and Saturdays 6-7 pm.
Perpetual Adoration is a lay apostolate, a stewardship of time and prayer, our Lord’s precious gift to us.
Perpetual Adoration is a continuous twenty four hour a day, 365 days a year exposition of our Eucharistic Lord. It is continuous prayer offered for the intentions of the parish and the diocese. It is a commitment by at least 168 individuals to spend one hour a week with our Lord in prayer and meditation. It is a positive response to Jesus’ outpouring of love and mercy. “Could you not spend one hour with Me?” Callers and Coordinators are also needed.
Vickie Quick, 620-663-8297
What to Do During Eucharistic Adoration
Jesus waits for us in the Adoration Chapel 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Consider making a visit with Him. You will never be more loved than when you are in the Presence of Our Savior. If you would like to commit to an hour each week, contact Vicki Quick. Not sure what to do while you are in there?
Fr. Benedict Groeschel points out in the book, "In the Presence of Our Lord : The History, Theology and Psychology of Eucharistic Devotion" that there are "four kinds of prayer most appropriate in the presence of the Eucharist, namely adoration and praise, thanksgiving, repentance and trusting intercession." Accordingly, here are suggestions for what to do during private Eucharistic adoration.
- 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 presents 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 ask God what He wishes for you to draw from that message. Practice the four Rs:
Read. Reflect on the passage you read. Relate the passage to your life. Resolve - make a resolution to change.
- 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. Therese of Lisieux, Catherine of Siena, Francis of Assisi, Thomas Aquinas, Peter Julian Eymard, Dorothy Day. Mother Teresa of Calcutta and Baroness Catherine de Hueck are just a few. Read about them and pray their prayers before the Blessed Sacrament.
- Pour out your heart to Christ and adore Him
Speak to Jesus, aware that you are in His presence, and tell Him all that comes to your mind. Listen for His response. Pray the prayer that St. Francis instructed his brothers to pray whenever they were before the Blessed Sacrament: "I adore You, O Christ, present here and in all the churches of the world, for by Your holy cross You have redeemed the world."
- Ask for forgiveness and intercede for others
Think of those who have hurt you and request a special blessing for them. Ask God to forgive you for all the times you have neglected or hurt someone else. Bring before the Blessed Sacrament all those who have asked you to pray for them. Ask the Lord to address their concerns.
- Pray the Rosary
Pope John Paul II reminds us, "...is not the enraptured gaze of Mary as she contemplated the face of the newborn Christ and cradled him in her arms that unparalleled model of love which should inspire us every time we receive Eucharistic communion?" (The Church and the Eucharist, 55) Ask Mary to join you as you gaze on Christ in the Eucharist 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. Sit quietly and enjoy being in each other's company. Instead of talking to the Lord, try listening to what He wants to tell you.