Spending time in adoration of the Blessed Sacrament—a devotion that has been present in some form since the first century—is an important Catholic practice that honors the Real Presence of Christ in the Eucharist.
The Ave Guide to Eucharistic Adoration offers a rich array of prayers, devotions, meditations, and Church teachings to read during your quiet time with the Lord, whether you have fifteen minutes or an entire holy hour. The book includes elegant, vintage lithographs and engravings taken from traditional prayer books, psalters, and Bibles and presented in a contemporary design.
In Matthew’s Gospel, when Jesus goes to pray in the Garden of Gethsemane the night before his death, he asks his disciples to “remain here and keep watch with me . . . watch and pray” (26: 38, 41). This is what our Lord invites us to do during Eucharistic Adoration.
The Ave Guide to Eucharistic Adoration is perfect for someone new to the practice, as well as seasoned veterans looking for a unique way to pray during their time with the Lord. Because Eucharistic Adoration is considered an extension of the Mass, the book is organized around the four parts of the liturgy:
In addition to traditional prayers and devotions, the reflection material includes profiles and writings of saints, encyclicals, writings of the Church fathers, short Bible passages from the New American Bible (the translation used in the Mass), and explanations of Church teachings. Each reading is accompanied by questions for reflection and is designed for fifteen minutes of personal time before the Blessed Sacrament. Four readings make up an hour of adoration.
The Ave Guide to Eucharistic Adoration also includes helpful information on the history of the devotion, reflections on what the Church teaches about it, and general steps and options for making a Holy Hour based on the book’s contents.
Trim size: 5 x 7 inches
Imprint: Ave Maria Press
“An indispensable guide.”
“This guide does a great job of using the foundation of the Mass to draw us into deeper prayer through the gift of Adoration. The four themes drawn from the Mass help to remove any intimidation when approaching the altar for Adoration and lay out a clear plan without robbing the adorer of the space to receive grace, which is often a result of a hyperfocus on rubrics and schedules. This is an indispensable guide for making the most of your time in Adoration.”
Contributor to Word on Fire Catholic Ministries
“An essential guide to making a holy hour.”
“Filled with devotions and prompts for prayer, this essential guide to making a holy hour also presents a helpful history of how Eucharistic Adoration developed in the life of the Church. This resource for diving deeper into 'the Source and Summit' of our faith shouldn't be missed!”
Jackie and Bobby Angel
Catholic speakers, authors, and YouTubers
“An inspirational resource for all Catholics.”
“The Ave Guide to Eucharistic Adoration provides a catechetical and inspirational resource for all Catholics. Rooted in the long-standing tradition of our faith and the writings of the saints, this book will prove a valuable point of reflection and prayer for Christian discipleship as we seek to follow the example of Mary of Bethany by sitting at the feet of Jesus in the Most Holy Eucharist.”
Fr. Blake Britton
Author of Reclaiming Vatican II
“Be alone before the Lord.”
“When one first begins to adore the Eucharist, one is faced with a terrifying fear. You have nothing to do but be alone before the Lord. Of course, that's the point. But it often takes a bit of time to simply rejoice in the Presence of the Beloved. The Ave Guide to Eucharistic Adoration is not an apologetics for the adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. Rather, it is intended—in short segments—to exercise men and women to adore the Eucharistic Lord. This resource will form the faithful to desire to dwell with the Eucharistic Lord.”
Timothy P. O’Malley
Author of Becoming Eucharistic People
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