Weekly Adoration at OLL
Thursdays from 3 – 9 p.m.
First Fridays from 9 a.m. – 9 p.m.
If you have questions or need help signing up, contact Cory Lakatos at firstname.lastname@example.org or 616-399-1062 ext. 110.
How can I participate in Adoration?
- Drop by when it’s convenient for you: All are welcome to come to Adoration for any period of time, short or long, without signing up.
- Commit to a Holy Hour: We need parishioners to commit to each hour of Adoration (e.g. 5-6 p.m. every third Thursday, 10-11 a.m. every first Friday, 3-4 p.m. every Thursday, etc.). If you are unavailable a certain week, you can ask a sub to fill in for you. To commit to a Holy Hour, sign up online or in the narthex, or contact Cory Lakatos.
- Serve as a substitute: If you would like to be put on the list of subs, sign up online or in the narthex, or contact Cory Lakatos. You will be contacted ahead of time when there are open Holy Hours.
What is Adoration and why should I go?
During Adoration, the Eucharist is exposed on the altar, and we can pray in silence however we are led to by the Holy Spirit. Eucharistic Adoration helps us to acknowledge and reverence Christ’s real presence in the Blessed Sacrament, worship Jesus and grow closer to him, and participate more fully in the holy sacrifice of the Mass. “To visit the Blessed Sacrament is… a proof of gratitude, an expression of love, and a duty of adoration toward Christ our Lord” (St. Paul VI).
Why do this now at our parish?
In the best of times, Adoration is an essential devotion recommended to all Catholics. But these are not the best of times. In this season of pandemic, recession, political turmoil, and other sufferings, this is the time to turn to Christ in the Blessed Sacrament more than ever. In a special way, Adoration gives us the opportunity to intercede for our world, our parish, and ourselves. In Adoration, we make ourselves open to Christ’s peace and allow him to make us into the saints our community so desperately needs.
How do I go to Adoration and benefit from it?
- Adoration will usually take place in the chapel. On first Fridays, it will follow the 9 a.m. Mass. During Adoration, the chapel entrance will be open and the doors between the chapel and the narthex will be locked.
- COVID restrictions during Adoration will be the same as for Mass (social distancing, face masks, etc.). When you arrive, sign in and take a slip of paper to leave on your seat so the staff knows where to clean.
- Consider dividing your time before the Blessed Sacrament into three segments:
- Simply spend time with the Lord. This can take the form of contemplation, thanksgiving, spiritual reading, devotions like the Rosary and the Liturgy of the Hours, speaking to Jesus, and listening to him.
- Intercede for all of the people in your life. Pray for family, friends, coworkers, deceased loved ones, and others.
- Intercede for the whole world. This can include our community and nation, the poor, persecuted Christians, victims of wars and natural disasters, and the whole creation.
- Sign out when you leave. If you have committed to a Holy Hour, please do not leave early. If no one has arrived for the next hour when your hour is over, contact the parish office. If this happens after office hours, place the veil over the monstrance before you leave the chapel.