EXPOSITION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT is held in the Chapel of Our Lady Queen of the Americas on the first Thursday of each month from 7:30am to 8:45pm. ALL ARE INVITED and encouraged to come at any time, for any length of time, for this special devotion. It is a time of quiet personal adoration, prayer and meditation.
Our parish is most fortunate in having Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament each month, usually on the first Thursday. We remember His words on the morning before he was crucified “Can you not watch one hour with me?”. That is our invitation. Many people attend sometime during the day/evening for quiet personal adoration and prayer. In order to help ensure that we have two people with the Blessed Sacrament at all times, we invite parishioners to sign up for the same time each month. Most parishes with Exposition already have this program. Please contact Jim Paris firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
SCHEDULE: Mark your calendar for the first Thursday of each month!
One hour in His presence can provide much spiritual strength for the month.
INCLEMENT WEATHER: We will not have the devotion if school is canceled for students by the Wake County Public School System. Please monitor the radio, television or Internet for the school system status if the weather may be a consideration. NOTE: We will follow the Wake County School System and not Saint Raphael Catholic School for the decision.
The following is from “Why Eucharistic Adoration” written by Father Robert Goedert, O.P. and found on the web site www.therealpresence.org This web site contains much information and guidance concerning the Eucharist.
“Spending time with Jesus in adoration should not strike us as unusual. It is really a very natural human activity. When two people love each other, they want to spend time together to visit, to get to know each other better. You cannot love someone you do not know. Adoration of our Lord in the Eucharist is your chance to know Jesus better. One of the best aspects of Eucharistic adoration is this: how you spend your time with Jesus is entirely up to you. There is no one preaching to you, reading to you, telling you when to stand, sit, kneel, sing or whatever. You are on your own. In most adoration chapels there are books available, some holy hour books, to help you get started if you need them. Most of us do at times but you’re basically on your own. You spend your time with Jesus any way you want. You can pray your Rosary, you can read your Bible, or you can do some other spiritual reading. But I always say: remember, you are there to visit with your friend, Jesus. Talk with Him; tell Him your problems, your needs or your concerns. Tell Him about your joys, too. Chances are He doesn’t hear about those very often! Sometimes I think all Jesus hears from a lot of us is the complaints and the “gimmes”. Lord, gimme this and Lord gimme that. But most important, is to stop and listen, let Jesus do some of the talking. He’s been waiting for a chance to visit with you, but your life is so busy with work, family and school, your line is always busy. Jesus can’t get through to you. It’s time to give yourself a break. Take a little time out for a private visit with your best friend, Jesus. The whole purpose of our human existence is to live forever with the Blessed Trinity in heaven, to enjoy forever, the victory of Jesus over sin and death. We get a foretaste of that eternal happiness and peace when we visit and adore Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament.”
BLESSED SACRAMENT CHAPEL: The Eucharist is always present in the tabernacle in the Blessed Sacrament Chapel of our church. It is located to your left when you first enter the Atrium section of the Church from outside and is open from 7 am to 9 pm everyday. The chapel is a small, quiet, intimate place for you to visit.