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The Eucharist as Presence and Sacrament

Worship of the Eucharist Outside of Mass

Eucharistic Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament
reserved in the tabernacle or through exposition using
a monstrance, ostensorium or the ciborium.

Monstrance at Lanciano Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration is the adoration of Jesus Christ present in the Holy Eucharist. In the many Churches that have this adoration, the Eucharist is displayed in a special holder called a monstrance, and people come to pray and worship Jesus continually throughout the day and often the night. Christ’s great love for us was shown when he was crucified on the cross to pay the penalty for our sins and give us eternal life. He loves us without limit, and offers Himself to us in the Holy sacrament of the Eucharist. Can we not give Jesus a few minutes of love and adoration in return?

Introduction to Eucharistic Adoration

  * Eucharist, Worship and Custody - Fr. John A. Hardon, S. J.
The worship and custody of the Holy Eucharist, independently of Mass and Holy Communion, can be traced to post-apostolic times. St. Justin, writing in his Apology around the year 150, says that deacons were appointed to carry the Blessed Sacrament to those who were absent from the liturgy. The young St. Tarsisius was taken captive and put to death while carrying the consecrated Species on his person.

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  * The History of Eucharistic Adoration - Fr. John A. Hardon, S. J.

  * Basic Catholic Catechist Home Study Course on the Eucharist - Fr. John A. Hardon, S. J.

  * Eucharistic Devotion and the Real Presence - Fr. John A. Hardon, S. J.

  * Prayer and the Grace of God - Fr. John A. Hardon, S. J.
"Without prayer we will lose the divine life we possess, and more obviously, we shall not grow in the life we already have. In other words, no prayer, no salvation…we need to pray…because we have a fallen human nature…"

  * Catechism on the Real Presence - Exhortation to Promote the Cult of the Eucharist - Fr. John A. Hardon, S. J.

  * Catechism on the Real Presence - On the Doctrine and Worship of the Holy Eucharist - Fr. John A. Hardon, S. J.

  * The Holiness of God and Adoration - (Opus Sanctorum Angelorum)
"Having spoken of the holiness of God, and the participation of creatures in that holiness, we now come to the consideration of manís proper response to Godís holiness: adoration. Just as the concept of holiness is many-faceted, so also the concept of adoration. Adoration, in the first place, is creationís highest act of worship. It is giving to God what belongs to him alone, he who alone is holy. It is the supreme form of reverence, glory and honor. But adoration is also creationís attempt to reach out, with the help of Godís invitation and grace, to become holy in the presence of God. So we must now consider these two aspects of adoration: as an act of reverencing God, and as a means of sanctification for creatures."

  * The Greatest Need in the World Today - Forming the Eucharistic Faith and Love of Children - Fr. John A. Hardon, S. J.
"My plan for this very simple: Briefly summarize the Church's pedagogy of the Holy Eucharist over the centuries; Explain why parents and teachers should develop the Eucharistic faith and love of children from infancy to adulthood; Provide some guidelines to children on how to grow in their faith and love of Jesus in the Holy Eucharist."

  * The Children's Eucharistic Crusade Manual - Fr. Louis Guardiola, C.P.M.
This Manual is a twenty-first century adaptation of the Society of Jesus' Eucharistic Crusade manual of the twentieth century. The following reflections will follow the twenty centuries of teachings, definitions and traditions of our Catholic faith. This manual is designed to be used and adapted for Catholic grade schools, high schools, colleges, CCD and home schooling programs.…The classical Jesuit Eucharistic Crusade organized it's formation into four phases: First, Eucharistic Education. Second, Eucharistic Adoration. Thirdly, Eucharistic Communion. Fourth, Eucharistic Apostolate and Evangelization. We shall follow this order.

  * Teacher Guide - Lesson Plans for Teaching the Children's Eucharistic Crusade - Fr. Louis Guardiola, C.P.M.
34 lesson plans corresponding to the above Children's Eucharistic Crusade Manual.

  * Why Eucharistic Adoration? - Fr. Robert Goedert, O.P.
"…thousands of people from all across our country will testify that one hour each week with Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament is the most peaceful, the most satisfying hour of their whole week."

  * Devotion to the Holy Eucharist Advances Devotion to Jesus' Person - Fr. John A. Hardon, S.J.
"When we speak of the Holy Eucharist, we can mean the Eucharistic Liturgy or the Mass; we can mean Holy Communion as the sacrament of the Lord; or we can mean the Real Presence of Christ…we concentrate on the third of these aspects, namely, the Eucharist as the abiding presence of Jesus Christ on our altars after the Sacrifice of the Mass is over and between receptions of Holy Communion."

  * Institution of the Real Presence - Fr. John A. Hardon, S.J.
"…the Real Presence is logically prior to the Eucharist as Sacrifice and Communion. The reason is obvious. Christ must first be really present on earth in the Eucharist, before we can intelligently speak of His offering Himself in the Mass and coming to us in Communion."

  * Perpetual Adoration as a Necessary Antidote to Abortion - Fr. John A. Hardon, S.J.
"As we reflected on the power of the Eucharist to achieve miracles, we kept insisting that these miracles will be performed by Our Lord only if we believe."

  * How to Pray a Holy Hour - Tom Hoopes (The Gregorian Institute at Benedictine College)
There are 3 rules and 60 minutes of excellent structured suggestions of how to spend an hour in the presence of Jesus exposed in the Blessed Sacrament or reserved in a tabernacle.

  * The Holy Hour - Fr. John A. Hardon, S.J.
One method is based on the four word aspiration and prayer, Adoro Te Rex Gloriae, I adore Thee, King of Glory. The idea is to divide one's holy hour into four quarters: "You spend the first in adoration; you spend the second in thanks; you spend the third quarter in reparation; and finally you spend the last quarter in giving something to God."

  * Holy Hour of Eucharistic Adoration
A good introduction to a holy hour of adoration (Franciscan Friars of Marytown).

  * Eucharistic Holy Hour
This booklet…has been prepared for the purpose of offering the Roman Catholic faithful a suitable compilation of prayers and hymns to be used either individually or as a congregation for Holy Hour devotions.

  * Eucharistic Adoration: The Development of a Devotion
The custom of honouring the Eucharistic presence of Christ our Lord by paying "Visits" to the Blessed Sacrament may be quoted as one of the most conspicuous examples of development in the devotional practice of the Catholic Church.

  * An Appeal from My Sacred Heart - (For Those Who Hurt).

  * The Eucharist: A Sacrament to be Adored
On the occasion of the 750th anniversary of the first celebration of the feast of Corpus Christi, the Holy Father wrote a letter to Bishop Albert Houssiau of Liege, Belgium.

Adoration of Our Lord Reserved in the Monstrance
  * Pope John Paul II Recalls and Encourages National Eucharistic Devotion
Excerpts taken from the talk that Pope John Paul II gave at Phoenix Park during his historic three-day visit to Ireland, from September 29 to October 1, 1979.

  * The Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration Handbook
Decrees, Statutes, and Practical Guide (PEA International Headquarters).

  * Quotes on the Most Blessed Sacrament

  * His Presence That Is … Real. - by Fr. P.J. McHugh (PEA Newsletter)
"PEA gives tone to a parish - a feeling of reverence and awe, a feeling that in this chapel, the Lord is at home. Eucharist is the heart of the parish."

  * No Wonder They Call It The Real Presence (Lives Changed by Christ in Eucharistic Adoration) - by David Pearson.
Have you ever wondered about the story behind some of the people who make an hour of adoration in your church or chapel week after week? Aside from the one or two line petitions we all get to read, no one has undertaken the task to give an in-depth look into their lives until now. David Pearson has taken nine people, interviewed them and given us a book that not only captures our attention but unexpectedly surprises us by what these adorers have to say. Best of all, is the invaluable insight we get about the God Who made us that is brought to light as a result of his inquiries. Here is one of those true stories about a man named Mal - an inspiring interview with an astonishing adorer excerpted from David Pearson's book.

  * Eucharistic Adoration Is Perfect Reparation - Stephen Oraze.
"We can draw down God's Merciful Love on the whole world...through perpetual Eucharistic adoration..."

  * The Casual Catholic Culture - Father Rob Ketcham
This is an outstanding video from Father Rob Ketcham (, the chaplain of Saint John the Baptist Diocesan High School in New York, geared for high school students on up. He shares how we need to create, inspire, and encourage a culture of relationship with Jesus for all of our teachers, students, coaches, and parents.
"I go to the high school every day and I serve there and most of the faculty or staff are kind of like wrestling with the faith or some are away from the Church all together and most of the students in the school are away from the Church, theyíre from homes who donít go to Church every Sunday, you kidding me, if we have 10% of our school going to Mass on Sunday that would be awesome."
"I live in relationship with these people in the school every day, I love them. So after 4.5 years of living there I feel like I can share something of my experience."
Two huge game-changers:
  1. Visit our Lord in the Chapel

  2. Adoration
The Casual Catholic Culture Video

We need to help everyone to grow closer to Jesus in their walk of faith.

Our happiness depends on it.

  * Tabernacle   (Alt)

  * Monstrance   (Alt)

  * Ostensorium   (Alt)

  * Ciborium   (Alt)

Adoration for the Young

  * Eucharist for Children

Adoration for the Young
* The Real Presence - An elementary understanding of Jesus in the Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist - by Lee Ann Schoofs
"The Eucharist is a sacrament giving us the real body, blood, soul and divinity of Jesus, the Son of God. Although it does not look like the body and blood of Jesus we see on a crucifix, His Real Presence is hidden within the appearance of a small white consecrated host (altar bread). This is a great mystery, something we cannot fully understand."

* A Children's Holy Hour - Fr. Antoine Thomas (Congregation of St. John)
Learn from Fr. Antoine how to plan a children's Holy Hour. "Parents and teachers will welcome Fr. Antoine's instruction as a much-needed recourse in the spiritual education of their children and students."

* Guided Children's Adoration
Contains multiple detailed plans for guiding children through an hour of Eucharistic Adoration. Each set of plans includes everything a leader needs to direct the Eucharistic Holy Hour through the use of prayers, lines of scripture, songs, stories, praise, reflections and times of prayerful silence. You will also find activities to compliment the Holy Hour sessions that can be used outside Eucharistic Adoration.

* Monstrance Picture Craft for Children

Step 1: Read the Eucharistic miracle story of Bordeaux, France and the directions for the monstrance picture craft - (PDF: 2 pages / 8 kbytes)

Step 2: Decorate the monstrance picture and cut out the center - (PDF: 1 page / 40 Kbytes)

Step 3: Color the picture of Jesus - (PDF: 1 page / 16 kbytes)

* Children of the Eucharist - (World Apostolate of Fatima)
"Gather the children of the world before the tabernacles of the world for the families of the world…"

* Children's Holy Hours - (World Apostolate of Fatima)
"Let the little children come unto Me." They have print outs to help you prepare children's holy hours.

* New School Adoration Chapel - Immaculate Conception of Dardenne - (St. Louis Review)
MULTIMEDIA: "After an all-school Mass to celebrate the feast of All Saints, the students of Immaculate Conception School in Dardenne Prairie knelt in an honor guard as the Blessed Sacrament was taken by Msgr. Ted Wojcicki, parish pastor, to a new prayer room and eucharistic adoration chapel in the school. The children formed [a] line which stretched from the church through the school hallways to the chapel. Interviewed in this multimedia presentation are seventh-grade students Geoffrey Herr and Hannah Faust."

* My Visit With Jesus - A book for children during Eucharistic Adoration
A book for children and the child-like to help them come to Jesus in a personal way in Eucharistic Adoration. 21 meditations are written in letter format from the child to Jesus, or Jesus to His child. The focus is on the Real Presence of Jesus and the thoughts and concerns of children from reading age to pre-teen. It includes suggestions for parents, teachers and priests on how to use My Visit With Jesus for preschool age children, CCD classes and individual visits to adoration. Also includes Words to Know and Prayers for Children, and pages to write their own Private Letter to Jesus and places to design and draw their own holy card.

Imprimatur by Bishop Dennis Schnurr of Duluth, MN

To order, contact Helana Lehto at 218-727-1730 or email
Price is $6.99 each plus shipping. Call for quantity discounts.

My Visit With Jesus - A book for children during Eucharistic Adoration
* The Costly Cookie Chronicles: A Young Heart Discovers the Face of Christ
Written by Julie Kelly and illustrated by Kellie Ryan
Foreword by Fr. Donald Calloway, MIC

Eleven-year-old Clare wants to be a saint for Jesus, but there are a few things standing in her way: everything she says, does, and thinks. Well...not exactly, but almost. Clare finds surrendering her will to Jesus unbelievably hard, until a visiting priest shares an amazing secret during her church's parish mission. In this second book by Julie Kelly, Clare discovers the tender love of Mary, the transforming power of meditating on the life of Jesus through the rosary, and the joy of contemplating with Mary the face of Christ. In her delightfully candid way, Clare invites readers to walk the narrow road with her to Jesus through Mary.

To order, contact Julie Kelly at:

    Phone: 870-424-4706

The Costly Cookie Chronicles: A Young Heart Discovers the Face of Christ

Various Nomenclatures Given to Committed Hourly Adoration Before the Blessed Sacrament Either Exposed or in the Tabernacle

  * Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration (PEA)   (Alt)

Adoration of the Eucharist
* Nocturnal Adoration

* Forty Hours   (Alt)

* Holy Hour

* First Friday

* Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament   (Alt)

Benediction with Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament: A Eucharistic Devotion

  * Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament - Fr. John A. Hardon, S. J.

  * Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament - Fr. William Saunders (EWTN).

  * Catholic Encyclopedia: Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament

  * Eucharistic Benediction - Paul Turner.

  * Benedictions and Holy Hours

Processions with Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament: A Sacred Function

  * Processions - Fr. John A. Hardon, S. J.

* Corpus Christi

* Fete-Dieu du Teche Eucharistic Boat ProcessionEucharistic Boad Procession

The sixth annual Eucharistic Procession down Bayou Teche, in Louisiana, will take place on Saturday, August 15. The date is important for Roman Catholics as it is the Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Patroness of the Acadian people and of Acadiana.

Like the Church has done for centuries in time of plague and pandemic, we offer this year's procession in petition to the Holy Family for an end of the COVID pandemic. In a time of national unrest, riots and demonstrations, pandemic and racial tension, we as Catholics show that blacks and whites, young and old, can together exercise our religious freedom in worshipping our common God and beseech Him for health and peace.

In an abundance of caution, anyone who is ill or has a compromised immune system is asked to remain home and participate in the procession on-line at All participants 8 years or older (whether on boats or on shore) will be expected to wear face masks and observe social distancing (this includes priests, seminarians, and laity). Persons with health conditions prohibiting them from wearing a face mask are asked not to attend the event. A team of trained marshals will be on hand to assure implementation of safety precautions at all sites. Attendance at the Mass in French with Bishop Douglas Deshotel at St. Leo the Great Catholic Church in Leonville will be limited to approximately 315 persons. For those who are unable to enter inside the Church for the Mass, a PA system will be provided to hear Mass outside observing social distancing. At the end of Mass there will be a procession with the Blessed Sacrament and a statue of Mary and St. Joseph to the nearby boat landing. A double procession at 6-foot spacing will be enforced.

For more details, see the official press release and route map.

Complete information about this upcoming Eucharistic Procession is also available at the Fête-Dieu du Teche website as well as on their facebook page.

* Corpus Christi: The Body and Blood of Christ - Michael and Carole Breslin.
An excellent article that gives information about the establishment of the Feast of Corpus Christi, a Eucharistic Procession on the Feast of Corpus Christi, readings and prayers for the Corpus Christi procession, and notes for Corpus Christi organizers: altar preparers, ushers, altar servers, and organist.

* Catholic Encylopedia: Feast of Corpus Christi

* Official Web Sites of Lourdes

* Procession of the Blessed Sacrament at Lourdes

* Solemnity of Corpus Christi Celebrated at St. Anthony of Padua - (St. Louis Review)
MULTIMEDIA: A traditional Corpus Christi procession held by Franciscans who administer to the St. Anthony of Padua parish in South St. Louis.

How to Start Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration in Your Church

Listed below is information on where to go and who to contact for whatever you need to assist you in the establishment of Eucharistic Adoration in your parish. The list contains a PEA Manual, Sign-Up Sunday and educational materials, Eucharistic Priest Speakers and even where to get a free wooden monstrance should you need one.

Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration Manual
Sacred Heart of Jesus

Now Available!!!  Free for Personal Use!!!  
The Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration Manual

Always pray for God's help and guidance before you open any PEA chapel. Then read The Real Presence Eucharistic Education and Adoration Association PEA Manual. This book is to be used as a guide to take you step by step through all the components that will help you to bring up and maintain a successful Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration chapel. Browse through and use the manual at your leisure either online or at home for free!

The succeeding book, brochures and monstrance poster
may be ordered from:

Eternal Life
P.O. Box 787
Bardstown, KY 40004-0787
Fax: 502-348-2224
Visa and Mastercard orders call:  1-800-842-2871

New Book by Fr. John A. Hardon, S.J.

With Us Today: On the Real Presence of Jesus Christ in the Eucharist
With Us Today, On the Real Presence of Jesus Christ in the Eucharist
"[Fr. Hardon]...concisely explains the teaching of the Church about transubstantiation, Eucharistic adoration, the nature of the sacraments, and the Eucharist's character as Sacrifice, Communion, and Presence.

After teaching what the Eucharist is, Fr. Hardon explores what the Eucharist does. He beautifully explains how our devotion to the Holy Eucharist transforms all aspects of our relationship with our Lord."

"Whether we are members of a domestic family of parents and children, or members of the clergy, or members of consecrated life, the future of all family life depends on a deep and clear faith in the Real Presence. This book will help us better understand what we believe about the Holy Eucharist and why Christ gave us the Real Presence."

An excellent book that may be used to prepare Eucharistic lesson plans.


The Eucharist and Sanctity
   The Eucharist as the Real Presence is the Touchstone of Sanctity
       by Fr. John A. Hardon, S.J. (Eternal Life)

        Part 1:  The Eucharist and Sanctity - I Believe
        Part 2:  The Eucharist and Sanctity - What Do We Believe?
        Part 3:  The Eucharist and Sanctity - Why Do We Believe?
        Part 4:  The Eucharist and Sanctity - How To Believe?

A Eucharistic Retreat
   Origin of the Holy Eucharist, A Model of Faith, A Model of Humility.
       by Fr. John A. Hardon, S.J. (Eternal Life)

       A Eucharistic Retreat

For a list of additional brochures to choose from, visit the Eucharistic Adoration Resources section.


"Millennium Monstrance"   17" x 11"   (45cm x 28cm)
   Design by Jed Gibbons for and used with permission from
       St. John Cantius, 825 N Carpenter Street, Chicago, Illinois  60622

Bright and colorful, sure to attract people to adoration! Display these posters in your parish to announce the arrival of PEA or to let people know you already have PEA in your parish. These posters may also be placed in your home or wherever you or others would enjoy looking at one.
Millennium Monstrance Poster
       Visit Eucharistic Adorers Society

To Schedule a Priest Speaker,
call 630-932-7796 or
send email to


For parishes that cannot afford a Monstrance
Free Wooden Monstrance


Additional Eucharistic Adoration Resources
Brochures Books Videos Audios Periodicals Prayer Cards


  * Worship of the Eucharist Outside of Mass - Eucharistic Adoration (Part 1)
* Worship of the Eucharist Outside of Mass - Eucharistic Adoration (Part 2)
* Eucharistic Resources - Books, Videos, Audios and Periodicals
* Eucharistic Adoration - Other Topics
* PEA - Organization Addresses
* Religious Orders - Some with Eucharistic Adoration
* Church Documents on Worship of the Eucharist Outside of Mass

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