Adoration

“Our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament has His hands full of graces, and He is ready to bestow them on anyone who asks for them.” 

– St. Peter of Alcantara  

Come spend time with our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament in our 24hr Perpetual adoration chapel! You can look at open hours and sign up here. Please email adoration@stjohns-excelsior.org with any questions. All are welcome to come pray at any time even if you’re not scheduled.

Where is the adoration chapel?
Watch the video above to see how to get to the adoration chapel.

What do I do once I’m in the chapel?
Once you enter the chapel you can choose a chair on either side. Before sitting down, you can do a simple genuflection (one knee), or, since the Blessed Sacrament is exposed, a double genuflection (both knees), as a sign of reverence and adoration.

What do I DO during adoration?
Here’s some resources to help you get started:

Adoration website too confusing?
If you would like to sign-up for a regular weekly hour of adoration, but have trouble navigating the adoration website we use for scheduling, simply send an email to Monica at mbenda@stjohns-excelsior.org.

Common Questions & Concerns

“People are looking at me.”
People may glance at you as you walk in the door and sit down, but they won’t be staring at you while you are praying. To borrow a line from Planet Fitness – the adoration chapel is a judgement-free zone. This is a time for you to be with the Lord, and for others in the chapel to be with the Lord. You won’t look stupid or do something wrong – you’ve already won just by being there!

“I can’t sit still and in silence for an hour.”
Oftentimes the thing we resist the most, is what we need the most. Silence and just being still is one of those things. Start with 15 minutes in the chapel. Then increase that time to 30 minutes. Then work up to a full hour. God will give you the grace – trust in Him.

“I don’t hear anything from God.”
Be patient. When we first start praying, and entering into a period of silence, a lot of unrest, worries, and distractions can arise in our hearts. Persevere. It can take time to recognize God’s voice. Ask Him for the grace to recognize it.

“I don’t belong here.”
This is a lie. You don’t have to be ‘holy enough’ to spend time in adoration. You don’t have to have it all together. You don’t have to know how to pray. God created you by name, and wants nothing more than to spend time with you. You belong in his presence just as much as anyone else in the world.

Contact:
Parish Office
adoration@stjohns-excelsior.org
952-474-8868

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