(Quote) Heather-705104 said:
Thank you! I don't know if she is embarrassed; she told me once that she was praying for me...
(Quote) Heather-705104 said:
Thank you! I don't know if she is embarrassed; she told me once that she was praying for me to let go of the anger I had towards her daughter and to let my kids go over to her house more. After that run in at church, I left and started going to another church. Her catholic daughter and my catholic ex are now married (no annulments)..... I think my new church does adoration, just need to find out about it.
I guess I feel weird just sitting there, not doing anything. It is something to get used to.....
Don't worry, there is no special thing you are required to do while in Adoration. It is a time for you to be with God through prayer and silence so as to give God an opportunity to get through to you.
In the "Spirit of Vatican II" priests and bishops did away with a lot of the practices that existed.
I know a lot of those old practices bordered on the superstitious and should have been done away with.
Some people turn anything into a superstitious practice. But those practices should not be done away simply because some people go off the rails.
Unfortunately, both were thrown out.
We were taught that with the Eucharist in the tabernacle, any visit could and should be treated as an act of adoration. So it was there and did not need special Adoration Chapels. Take note of the fact, that Adoration Chapels, too often hidden from view, took the place of the tabernacle in many churches. They are usually relatively small spaces so few people can adore at a time. Those were the days when Church doors were never locked.
In any case, in those olden days, the Presence of Christ in the Eucharist was emphasized in every parish by the old practice of 40 hours Adoration. It took place at least once per year in a parish. The parish in which I grew up had it twice a year; in the fall before Advent and in the spring after Easter. At one time in Rome, it took place monthly with a different Church used each month.
As our Parish practised it, it lasted more than 40 hrs. but no one was counting. It began with Mass at 9 AM on day one after which there was a procession with all the alter boys taking part taking the Blessed Sacrament in the Monstrance from the main alter around the Church where it was enthroned on the side altar. All during the period of Adoration, two altar boys were present on the side altar. The younger boys from the end of Mass until about 6 PM, the older boys until about 9 to 10 PM. Older High school boys or men in the parish until 9 Am the next day. The same cycle took place on day 2 and 3. It ended at 7 PM of day 3 with a procession around the church bringing the Blessed Sacrament back to the main altar followed by solemn Benediction.
In addition to the 40 Hrs, Benediction took place every Sunday evening. Every Friday evening, except Good Friday, we had the Stations of the Sorrowful Mother followed by Benediction. During Lent The Sorrowful Mother Novena was preceded by the Stations of the Cross. By the way, we were not a Servite parish. But it was common in Chicago for most parishes to have the Sorrowful Mother Novena every Friday.