Every Catholic man is called to adore his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ in the Sacrament of the Eucharist. Drawing close to Jesus Christ through the ancient practice of Adoration of the Eucharist helps a man be protected and engage in the Spiritual Combat and to receive powerful guidance and blessings from God. A man can adore Christ by simply coming into the presence of Jesus in the Tabernacle, by participating in the Liturgy of Eucharistic Adoration and by visiting Jesus in an Adoration Chapel (a place in a parish where the Body and Blood of Christ is present in a Monstrance for Adoration). 

Catholic Men Need to Pray in the Presence of Christ Jesus

The Perpetual Spiritual Combat – A Catholic man is called to persistently commits to “step into the breach” (Ezek 22:30) to be a protector, provider and leader for his family, his parish and for the Church. Persistent vigilance is essential in the Spiritual Combat as Satan relentlessly attacks men, knowing that if the man is corrupted, the family scatters and becomes easier to attack. Satan divides and conquers.

Prayer is absolutely essential for Catholic Men – As men engage in the life and death struggle with Satan, men must seek Christ through prayer (Latin precari, meaning “to beg”) for His help. Prayer is a vital and personal relationship with the living and true God (CCC 2558), the raising of one’s mind and heart to God and the requesting of good things from God. “Prayer is the life of the new heart.  It ought to animate us at every moment” (CCC 2697) and is a “vital necessity…if we do not allow the Spirit to lead us, we fall back into the slavery of sin” (CCC 2744).

Christ is Really Present in the Eucharist

What the Eucharist is – The Eucharist, (“thanksgiving”) is the central celebration of our faith.  Jesus transformed the Jewish Passover at the Last Supper into a life-giving act of worship (CCC 1323).  The “Eucharist is the source and summit” of a Catholic man’s life (CCC 1324). 

Christ is really Present in the Eucharist – In the most blessed Sacrament of the Eucharist “The body and blood, together with the soul and divinity of our Lord Jesus Christ, and therefore the whole Christ is truly, really, and substantially contained” (CC 1374). 

The Practice of Eucharistic Adoration

Men are Called to Adore Christ in the Eucharist – “Adoration” (Latin adorare, meaning to “formally call out to God in prayer”) “exalts the greatness of the Lord who made us…sets us free from evil” and is a “respectful silence in the presence of the “ever greater” God” (CCC 2628). “Because Christ himself is present in the sacrament of the altar, he is to be honored with the worship of adoration…To visit the Blessed Sacrament is…a proof of gratitude, an expression of love, and a duty of adoration toward Christ our Lord (CCC 1418).

The Ancient Catholic Practice of Eucharistic Adoration – “The Catholic Church has always offered and still offers to the sacrament of the Eucharist the cult of adoration, not only during Mass, but also outside of it, reserving the consecrated hosts with the utmost care, exposing them to the solemn veneration of the faithful, and carrying them in procession” (CCC 1378). Recent popes have all emphasized the need for men to draw closer to Christ in Eucharistic Adoration. 

The Liturgy for Exposition and Benediction of the Eucharist

The Liturgy of Eucharistic Adoration – The current form of the Liturgy (meaning “public work” of worship) of Eucharistic Adoration traces to the establishment of the Feast of Corpus Christi (Body of Christ) over 800 years ago.  The Liturgy can be for an extended period (40 Hour Vigils, Perpetual Adoration) and for shorter periods as in the traditional Holy Hour (inspired by Christ’s words in the Garden of Gethsemane: “So, could you not watch with Me one hour?” Matt 26:40). 

The 4 Parts of the Liturgy of Eucharist Adoration 

1) Exposition (“to expose”) – Once men are assembled, the priest may give a short introduction. O Salutaris Hostia (“O Saving Victim” written by St. Thomas Aquinas) is chanted as the veiled priest, accompanied by altar servers, carries the Blessed Sacrament of the Body of Christ from the Tabernacle to the monstrance (meaning “to show”) on the altar. Kneeling, the priest incenses the Blessed Sacrament. 

2) Adoration (“to pray to”) – After silent prayer, the priest may offer a reading from sacred scripture and a homily or begin silent prayer. Men, kneeling or sitting, spend time praying in the presence of Christ and going to Confession.  Sacred chant may be sung.

3) Benediction (“to bless”) – As the men kneel, the priest kneels before and incenses the Blessed Sacrament while Tantum Ergo (“Therefore So Great” written by St. Thomas Aquinas) is sung. After offering prayers, the priest puts on the humeral veil (an ancient act of respect for the Eucharist), faces the men and raises the monstrance, silently making the Sign of the Cross to bless the men present.

4) Reposition (“to replace”) – While men continue to kneel, the priest kneels before the Blessed Sacrament and leads the Divine Praises. As the priest replaces the Sacrament in the Tabernacle, men sing Holy God We Praise Thy Name (#519 Red Hymnal).  Men silently exit and go to dinner. 

7 Ways to Pray in the Presence of Christ Jesus

1) Give Thanks to God – Reflect on the truth that you are in the actual presence of the Son of God. Moved in awe, give thanks for those blessings that come to mind. Here are some blessings to meditate upon and give thanks to God: The Father, Son and Holy Spirit, Creation, Blessed Mother, Saint Joseph, All the Angels and Saints, your Guardian Angel, the Church, Scripture, the Sacraments, for God’s mercy and love for you, for how God has answered prayers, your parents, spouse, loved ones, children, friends, your talents, your vocation, material goods, pleasures, the country. 

2) For the Will of God – Reflect upon the blessings and uncertainties of your life. Ask Christ to help you to hear and know and do His will in your life. 

3) Examination of Conscience/Sacrament of Confession – As Christ to send the Holy Spirit to help you do a thorough Examination of Conscience (use an available guide) and pray for deep sorrow, repentance and contrition for your sins. Go to the Sacrament of Confession. 

4) Lectio Divina (Divine Reading) – 1) Slowly Read a short passage of Scripture; 2) Meditate on the passage, noting what comes to mind and heart; 3) Contemplate to hear what God is saying to you in the reading; 4) Pray, speaking and listening to God in conversation.  

5) Pray the Rosary or Other Prayers – Draw closer to the life of Christ by mediating on the Mysteries of the Rosary.  Other prayers include the Divine Office (daily Psalms), Prayer to St. Michael, etc.

6) Present Petitions to Christ – Offer your petitions and ask for Graces, consistent with His Will. 

  • Healing – For those suffering from mental or physical illness, deformities, wounds or dying. 

  • Protection – From Satan, temptation to sin, evil men, natural disasters, the end of wars, terrorism, etc.

  • Holy Causes – For vocations, the end of Abortion, the sanctity of marriage, the many souls who are in mortal sin, conversion of the non-believers and those who believe falsely, souls in Purgatory, etc.

  • Holy Desires – to be a better son, brother, father, or husband, for a stronger marriage, for a spouse, children, for family to return to the Church, the conversion of souls, to forgive others, etc.

  • Temporal needs – for yourself and others: a necessity like a job, food, clothing, shelter, etc. 

  • Guidance – For help in making difficult decisions.

  • Holiness – For the help in bearing your cross, to overcome a bad habit, to grow in the Fruits of the Spirit and to perform Spiritual and Corporal Works of Mercy.

  • Virtues – Theological Virtues (Faith, Hope and Charity); Cardinal Virtues (Prudence, Justice, Fortitude and Temperance); Evangelical Counsels (Obedience, Poverty, Chastity).

  • Peace and Joy – Heaven and the Beatific Vision, to be in His Presence. To be close to Him.

7) Simply Be in His Presence – Look at Him as He looks at you. Be quiet and listen.