We are all called to become Saints and to adore God!
Jesus is God. He is adorable. Adoration is the highest form of worship due to God alone.
What does formation of adorers mean?
- Formation is a noun meaning the action of forming or process of being formed.
- Synonyms of this word are emergence, coming into being, genesis, and development.
- Opposite antonyms are destruction, disappearance, and dissolution.
- Leading people by example, word and deed to become adorers of God.
- Forming people to love, honour God above all and to give the divine worship due to God alone.
- Developing people to becoming better adorers
- Inspiring adorers to spend more time adoring and being enfolded in His Eucharistic embrace
- Enabling adorers to be able make progress in contemplative prayer through holy hours
- Improving and growing as passionate lovers of the Blessed Sacrament
- Leading souls to the school of silence in His Eucharistic Presence where He transforms us
- Start forming as young as possible: https://eucharisticadorationcanada.com/we-will-help-you/adoration-for-children-youth-young-adults/
- Invite seniors who have more time to spend in prayer and desire to meet and know our Lord.
HOW ARE ADORERS FORMED?
By adoring – “Just do it!” We learn how to adore by beginning to adore.
- “He is there. He will do it. If we only come to Him!”
- Our Lady is working in her powerful way to try to bring people to adore her Son and Lord in the Eucharist.
- God and Our Blessed Mother call and form Eucharistic adorers
- We learn by example – seeing priests and others adoring, forms and inspires others
- Jesus Himself will speak to hearts and minds!
- Spend as much time as you can before the Blessed Sacrament and He will fill you with His strength and His power – St. Teresa of Calcutta
- Pastors and parishes should provide opportunities for exposition of the Blessed Sacrament with time for silent adoration
- Start by scheduling a Eucharistic adoration sign-up weekend at your parish
- On this weekend, people will be invited sign-up for a weekly holy hour
- If they have never spent time in adoration previously, they are in for a real treat.
- Then the Father, Son and Holy Spirit will form adorers, through Mary.
- They will teach adorers personally and directly during silent adoration.
- We will provide suggested (but not mandatory) simple and basic Eucharistic catechesis & pre-evangelization bulletin inserts, homiletics, (and sample sermons upon request) to better prepare for your Adoration sign-up weekend in order to maximize the response and results.
- We will help you to form people into adorers by letting them know the benefits of making a weekly holy hour, the many reasons for making a holy hour according to scripture and the Church teachings, and how to make a holy hour
- Give new adorers a photocopy of our Adorer Welcome Info kit, before the exposition starts or increases.
- Open the adoration chapel and sit back and see people coming in droves
- Ongoing example, preaching, encouragement, education, thanks to adorers
- Pastors and coordinators should continue to encourage people in making weekly and even daily holy hours before Jesus in the Monstrance or the Tabernacle.
- Use our parish and adoration coordinator resources and extra resources
- Put regular weekly Eucharistic quotes in the bulletin. We will provide you with a database of hundreds of quotes – have a bulletin section called: “Benefits of Eucharistic Adoration”
Spend time before the Blessed Sacrament
- Through this, we grow as lovers of the Blessed Sacrament
- Praying holy hours: https://eucharisticadorationcanada.com/start-holy-hours/
Grow in Personal Prayer
- Praying for the gift of prayer (asking the Lord, Mary, Holy Spirit to guide you)
- Spontaneous prayers “Jesus I love and adore You”.
- Pray silently at the Consecration at Mass: “My Lord and my God!” “My God I believe, I adore, I hope and I love Thee. I ask pardon for all those that do not believe, do not adore, do not hope and do not love Thee.” (See approved Fatima prayers given by the holy angel to the visionaries).
Provide and read literature on prayer and how to make a holy hour etc:
- Have good Eucharistic books, prayer books and literature at the adoration site
- St. Peter Julian Eymard is know as the Apostle of the Eucharist. His Eymard Library series is an excellent resource for ongoing formation of adorers:
- Purchase a copy of the set for your adoration chapel library.
- Use it for homiletics, catechetics, bulletin inserts and quotes.
- You can purchase copies of literature on How to Make a Holy Hour here: https://eucharisticadorationcanada.com/product-category/printed-materials/
Excepts from The Eymard Library, Volume I, The Real Presence:
LET US LOVE THE BLESSED SACRAMENT
- “Our Lord wants to instill in us a passionate love for Himself.” “Certainly, our Lord loves us passionately in the Eucharist; He loves us blindly without a thought for Himself, devoting Himself entirely for our good. We should love Him as He loves us.” pg. 180
- “Love the Eucharist passionately. Love our Lord in the Most Blessed Sacrament with all the adour with which people love one another in the world, but for supernatual motives.” pg. 181
- “To ensure success in this, begin by placing your mind under the influence of this passion. Foster with you the spirit of faith. Convince yourself invincibly of the truth of the Eucharist and of the reality of the love which our Lord shows you therin.” p. 182
- “Value highly the love and the Presence of Our Lord; contemplate them in an ecstasy of delight. You will thus add to your love a fuel that will feed its flame and ensure its constancy.”
- “Fix your mind on our Lord in the most Blessed Sacrament and ponder on His love. Let this thought take hold of you; let it enrapture you.”…
- “The heart leaps towards the Blessed Sacrament… the heart would burst its walls of flesh, if it could, to unite itself more intimately to our Lord.”
- “Look at the saints. Their love transports them, makes them suffer, sets them on fire; it is a fire that consumes them…”
- “Is there anyone in the world that you love? … transfer this love to our Lord… what we do for a creature is what we must do for God; with the difference, however, that we must love the Good God beyond all measures… more and more.”
- “We cannot consider the Blessed Sacrament attentively without concluding ‘I must love Him, and come to visit Him. I must not leave Him alone; He loves me too much!'”
- “But with the Eucharist, we must give ourselves; we must abide and live in our Lord! The Eucharist is the noblest aspiration of our heart.”
- “If you love the Eucharist passionately, you will habitually have our sacramental Lord in mind; you will find your happiness at His feet; and you will be constantly seeking His good pleasure. Come, let us all be taken up with our Lord… Let us forget ourselves and give ourselves to this good Saviour? Let us sacrifice ourselves a bit!” 186
THE EUCHARIST OUR WAY
- “Our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament is the unchanging way to holiness. He is the means as well as the model…. In the Blessed Sacrament Jesus is the model of every virtue…”
- “There is nothing so beautiful as Jesus in the Eucharist. But only the pious souls who have the habit of receiving Communion and of meditating are able to understand it… Few people think of His virtues, of the life or of the state of our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament. We treat Him like a statue; we live under the impression He is there merely to forgive our sins and listen to our prayers. This is a wrong viewpoint. Our Lord lives and acts in the Eucharist. Look at Him, study Him, and imitate Him. .. Men may show you the way of acquiring virtues, but no one other than our Lord can give them to you and see to the education of your soul. .. as we grow to know His voice better, and our hearts become more detached and more in sympathy with Him, our Lord reveals Himself in a clearer light and with an intimacy know only to those who love Him.” p. 192
- “All our virtues must come from the Eucharist. For instance, if you wish to practise humility; see how Jesus practises it in the Blessed Sacrament. Start with this…”
- Self-ebasement is a characteristic of Eucharistic holiness.
- Programs such as this Eucharistic Cenacle in Ottawa: http://www.blessedsacrament.ca/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/Eucharistic-Cenacle-Information-Pamphlet.pdf
- Videos on the Mystery of the Eucharist: http://www.blessedsacrament.ca/eucharistic-adoration/
We encourage you to act now, start adoring, invite people to adoration. Let them know that you go to adoration and where they can go. “I love making holy hours at X. Spending time with God is awesome! I would like to invite you there… Some people have even met their future spouses in adoration chapels!” Don’t procrastinate. Life is short and time is precious.