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Our Lady Of Medjugorje (1981 to Present)
Messages from the Blessed Virgin given at Medjugorje for the world
Message of March 15, 1984: "Tonight also, dear children, I am grateful to you in a special way for being here. Unceasingly adore the Most Blessed Sacrament of the Altar. I am always present when the faithful are adoring. Special graces are then being received."

Message of September 25, 1995: "Dear Children! Today I invite you to fall in love with the Most Holy Sacrament of the Altar. Adore Him, little children, in your Parishes and in this way you will be united with the entire world. Jesus will become your friend and you will not talk of Him like someone whom you barely know. Unity with Him will be a joy for you and you will become witnesses to the love of Jesus that He has for every creature. Little children, when you adore Jesus you are also close to me. Thank you for having responded to my call."

Message of March 25, 2008: "Dear children! I call you to work on your personal conversion. You are still far from meeting with God in your heart. Therefore, spend all the more time in prayer and Adoration of Jesus in the Most Blessed Sacrament of the Altar, for Him to change you and to put into your hearts a living faith and a desire for eternal life. Everything is passing, little children, only God is not passing. I am with you and I encourage you with love. Thank you for having responded to my call.".


Sacred Heart of Jesus Audio Tape
"Every time we come before the Eucharistic Heart of Jesus He touches the heart of all humanity. The Eucharist is the heartbeat of evangelization."


From Pamphlet "The Value Of Sacrifice"
"Your sacrifice (of a holy Hour of adoration) will give God greater glory than the glory given Him by the shepherds and the three Wise Men. And God will honor you even more than the shepherds and the three Wise Men for all eternity for honoring His Son in the Blessed Sacrament with the humility of your sacrifice."


Fr. Jose Guadalupe Trevino
"Jesus is not on His Eucharistic throne to receive the adorations of the angels and to enjoy the company of the blessed. These He finds in heaven. But He is on His Eucharistic throne to receive your adorations, to listen to your confidences, and to console and alleviate your sorrows and trials." (From "The Holy Eucharist" book)

"Do not look for other excuses. Try it, and find out by your own experience. Do not wait until tomorrow. Today, go and spend a few moments with Jesus, whether He is within the tabernacle or exposed in the monstrance. Let your weary and wounded heart be penetrated by the peaceful atmosphere of the sanctuary and your soul be bathed in the light streaming forth from the Eucharistic Sun. And, tomorrow, I am sure, you will return." (From "The Holy Eucharist" book)

"Beloved souls, in suffering and in joy, go to Jesus hidden in the Sacred Host and let the sweetness of His loving gaze fill you." (From "The Holy Eucharist" book)

"Like the sick who expose their diseased bodies to the healing rays of the sun, expose miseries, no matter what they are, to the beams of light streaming forth from the Sacred Host." (From "The Holy Eucharist" book)

"Souls dedicated to perpetual adoration, who during the hours spent before the Sacred Host would like to imitate at least from afar the fervor of those who adore in heaven, be neither surprised nor scandalized by those weaknesses: fatigue, drowsiness, dryness of spirit, and that “I can’t” feeling. If you are tempted to see in it all a sign of deficient love, you are mistaken. Much to the contrary, your displeasure at them and your battle against them are proofs of love, because they are acts of sacrifice; and suffering is the proof and nourishment of love." (From "The Holy Eucharist" book)


Archbishop Charles Brown (1959 - Present)
Titular Archbishop Of The Holy See Of Aquileia and
Papal Nuncio To Ireland

"In my view the greatest challenge in our own age is the erosion of faith.   Eucharistic adoration can be seen as the antidote, the remedy, both personal and communal, to the weakening of faith.  We adore because we believe. ... In adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, we put these words into practice; “Lord, to whom shall we go, you have the words of eternal life”.  In adoration, we recognize that the Lord is here in our midst and that he is the Holy One of God. ... The beautiful experience of adoration increases our faith and it also increases our love.  There are so many fruits of Eucharistic adoration; vocations to the priesthood and religious life flourish when there is adoration.  Adoration should also lead us to a greater love of our brothers and sisters, especially those who are most forgotten, marginalized; the poor, the elderly, unborn children in their mothers’ womb. ... And finally adoration leads to joy. ... My brothers and sisters, how many saints in the history of the Church found their joy and their strength in Eucharistic adoration.  We need to follow the same path."

"The Lord does not abandon His Church; He has assured us:  'I am with you always, even until the end of time' (Mt 28:20).   That promise is fulfilled by His presence with us in the Eucharist.  Come, let us adore Him!"


Cardinal Luis Antonio G. Tagle (1957 - Present)
Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Manila, Phillipines and
Cardinal-Priest of San Felice da Cantalice a Centocelle

"(Spiritual) Worship is so intimately related to authentic (Eucharistic) Adoration that they could be considered as one...Adoration connotes being present, resting, and beholding. In adoration, we are present to Jesus whose sacrifice is ever present to us. Abiding in Him, we are assimilated more deeply into His self-giving...Let us adore Him for ourselves, for the poor, for the earth, for the Church and for the life of the world."


Kimberly Hahn (1957 to Present)
Catholic apologist and author
"And because Jesus is the Eucharist, keeping Him in the center allows all the rich doctrines of the Church to emanate from Him, just as the beautiful gold rays stream forth from the Host in the monstrance."


Archbishop Paul Stagg Coakley (1955 to Present)
Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
"The more we are touched by the Love of God in the Eucharist, the more we need to respond to this Love. (Eucharistic) Adoration leads to mission. The connection with vocations is clear, but there is also an impulse toward a more generous stewardship of all of our gifts."


Bishop Philip Egan (1955 to Present)
Bishop of Portsmouth, England
"It would be good ... for our parishes and communities to help everyone deepen their faith, by arranging periods of Eucharistic Adoration, and advertising times when the church is open for visits to the Blessed Sacrament."


Archbishop James Peter Sartain (1952 to Present)
Archbishop of the Archdioces of Seattle, Washington
"When we pray in His Eucharistic presence, He takes us beyond words, and our relationship with Him, our desire to give ourselves to Him, is deepened. It is for that reason that Eucharistic adoration flows from the Mass and leads us back to Mass. Jesus' abiding presence in the Blessed Sacrament is His way of drawing us continually into His presence.”


Bishop Dominique Marie Jean Rey (1952 to Present)
Bishop of Diocese of Frejus-Toulon, France
"The first condition for the new evangelization is adoration. We must regain the ability to adore Christ in the Most Holy Eucharist if we are to bring the men and women of the twenty-first century to faith in Jesus Christ. This is one of the key themes of the pontificate of Pope Benedict XVI."

"The Eucharist is the first missionary act of the Church. So if we want to be missionary towards a world in need of new saints and salvation, we have to be men and women of Eucharistic adoration... In adoration we receive the fire of love which enables us to share our conviction and have faith about the presence of God."


Cardinal Timothy Dolan (1950 to Present)
Archbishop of the Archdiocese of New York and
Cardinal-Priest of Our Lady of Guadalupe of Mount Mario

" 'Pray always!' the Good Book tells us, and Jesus exhorted us to make sure that our prayer was patient, persistent, and persevering. Eucharistic adoration accomplishes this. It tells the world that 'we can't give what we don't have,' and that, if we do not constantly turn to God in prayer for His grace and mercy, we're finished. The best thing people of faith can do is pray . . . I can't think of a better place to do that than before our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament."

"When the first disciples asked Jesus about following Him, He did not say, 'Come do a bunch of stuff with me.' Nope - He invited them to 'Come, stay with me!' Eucharistic adoration is a great way to answer that invitation."


Archbishop Samuel Joseph Aquila (1950 to Present)
Archbishop of the Archdioces of Denver, Colorado
"We should make haste to find the Lord. To find the light that leads to grace and truth, which no darkness can overcome. At the claim that God has become man, we should drop everything to pursue him—to find Christ, and, like the shepherds, to worship him."


Archbishop George Joseph Lucas (1949 to Present)
Archbishop of the Archdicese of Omaha, Nebraska
"The invitation to be with Jesus, to live as His disciples is being given to all of us. Increasingly, young Catholics are hearing the invitation in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament – and are finding the strength to respond in times of adoration before the Eucharistic Lord. It is a hopeful sign – to have those who will soon assume roles of leadership and service in the Church – to be leading us now in appreciation for the power of the presence of the risen Christ in the Eucharist."


Archbishop Leonard Paul Blair (1949 to Present)
Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Hartford, Conneticut
"Our RSVP (to Jesus' invitation to us in the Eucharist) can’t be put off forever...The Eucharistic mystery of Christ, the Bread of Life, invites us to faith and trust, a stumbling block for many, but the heavenly banquet of divine wisdom for those who believe and for those who adore."


Cardinal Raymond Burke (1948 to Present)
Prefect of the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura and
Cardinal-Deacon of S. Agata de' Goti

"All Catholics throughout the nation should take part in Eucharistic adoration and in the praying of the Rosary for the restoration of the respect for human life and for the safeguarding of the integrity of the family."


Cardinal Peter Turkson (1948 to Present)
President of the Pontifical Council For Justice And Peace and
Cardinal-Priest of San Liborio

"We must pray before the Blessed Sacrament. This is what Christ wants us to do, to come before Him and listen, as He says His words, 'Come to me all you who are weary'."


Archbishop Charles Maung Bo (1948 to Present)
Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Yangon, Myanmar
"Until the Church cries out that Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament is worthy of perpetual adoration for all He has done for our salvation, it will continue to be defeated by it's enemies. I believe, the best, the surest and the most effective way of establishing everlasting peace on the face of the earth is through the great power of Perpetual Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament."


Bishop Joseph N. Perry (1948 to Present)
Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese Of Chicago
"As conscientious Catholics we are seeking to live authentically the Christian life. We are constantly searching for what more we can do to be close to God. For this reason we find Eucharistic Adoration valuable. Adoration before the Blessed Sacrament is a precious opportunity we have to be close to Christ and thereby discover sustenance and direction for our lives. You cannot be an adorer for long without noticing and others noticing change in your life. Eucharist is meant to not only sustain us as food from heaven but also to empower us to do great things for God and his Church."

"Spiritual practices require commitment and regularity if they are to transform us.  Spiritual practices like ... adoration before the Blessed Sacrament are journeys, not day trips into the realm of the sacred.  They are not hobbies or occasional exercises that depend on our moods or our latest interests.  They demand a personal discipline, a personal stick-to-itiveness."

"The late Bishop Fulton Sheen is known to have spent an hour a day before the Blessed Sacrament.  He believed this spiritual practice gave sustenance to his ministerial actions as priest and bishop.  So too for us, our adoration before the Blessed Eucharist is an action that reminds us about the combination of bringing together our faith practices and Catholic action that change our lives and ultimately transform the world."


Archbishop Antonio Mennini (1947 to Present)
Papal Nuncio to Great Britain and
Titular Archbishop of Ferentium

"Be convinced that the Lord is waiting for you to open your hearts to him in prayer. He wants to meet you personally and to enter into a dialogue with you. This conviction will fill you with an urgent desire to seek periods of silence in your daily life where you have the space to be drawn into union with God in prayer. In this regard I should like to commend to you the practice of Eucharistic Adoration... Adoration draws us away from external distractions into a growing communion with Jesus present in the Blessed Sacrament. Encourage your friends to join in this practice."


Archbishop Buti Tlhagale (1947 to Present)
Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Johannesburg, South Africa and
Apostolic Administrator of Klerksdorp, South Africa

"(Eucharistic) Adoration itself is an act of witnessing when one sees many gathered in silence before the Lord. Eucharistic adoration should become part and parcel of our way of being Church."

"Many have said that Eucharistic adoration promotes vocations to the priesthood and to religious life. Children, youth and adults should be taught to appreciate the beauty of silence in the presence of Jesus Christ."

"As custodians of the Eucharist, it is our privilege to promote Eucharistic adoration so that those who do so may savor the grace of healing that comes from the Lord himself."


Bishop Robert Morlino (1946 to Present)
Bishop of the Diocese of Madison, Wisconsin
"(Eucharistic adoration is) a beautiful service you render to the church and the diocese. The only greater thing you can do is Mass... Use this opportunity (Eucharistic adoration) to beg the Lord for sisters and priests for this diocese."

"There is a tight connection between Eucharistic Adoration and vocations."


Cardinal Antonio Canizares Llovera (1945- Present)
Prefect of the Congregation For Divine Worship And  The Discipline Of Sacraments and
Cardinal-Priest of S. Pancrazio

"It is equally urgent to promote Eucharistic Adoration: faced with the real presence of our Lord, we cannot but adore."

"I think that today, thru the practice of (Eucharistic) Adoration, we are living out a kind of second Pentecost."


Cardinal Robert Sarah (1945 to Present)
President of the Pontifical Council Cor Unum and
Cardinal-Deacon of San Giovanni Bosco in via Tuscolana

"The Church's life should centre around the Mystery of the Eucharist both in the liturgical celebration and Eucharistic Adoration. During the Synod of Bishops on the Eucharist in 2005, many Asian Bishops strongly proposed, at times insisting categorically to introduce perpetual Eucharistic Adoration in their dioceses and some of them stated that there where Eucharistic Adoration took place, greater reconciliation, peace and communion were experienced. This is possible because Jesus is present in the tabernacle as a magnetic pole 'attracting an ever greater number of souls enamored of Him, ready to wait patiently to hear His voice and, as it were, to sense the beating of His heart'."


Bishop Paul J. Bradley (1945 to Present)
Bishop of the Diocese of Kalamazoo, Michigan
"I saw evidence in many parishes of a profound reverence for the Eucharist which in some parishes includes regular times for adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. The impact of a community united in prayer is powerful and far-reaching and contributes to the many fellowship activities that truly build parishes as families of faith."


Bishop John M. Quinn (1945 to Present)
Bishop of the Diocese of Winona, Minnesota
"When the Eucharist is powerful in our lives (as in Eucharistic Adoration) – where Jesus Christ's love is poured out and our lives our changed – that inner journey is different. What we're searching for is different, because the Eucharist fulfills those hungers, because Jesus Christ is here as a person, truly in love with each one of us, in all of our joys and all of our sorrows, and wants to be part of your life and mine – the inner journey."


Cardinal Marc Quellet (1944 to Present)
Prefect of the Congregation Of The Bishops and
Cardinal-Priest of Santa Maria in Traspontina

"Permit me to confide in you especially the ministry of Eucharistic adoration. I ask you to remain faithful, humble and patient, even if there is no encouragement given from those around you. Many have lost the sense of Eucharistic adoration, even among the priests, consecrated persons and theologians. Do not be discouraged by negative comments or disobliging remarks that could demobilize you. Keep your faith alive in the Resurrected Christ who is truly present with His Body and Blood. Continue to witness the love of the Church that kneels before her Lord and who rests at His feet, as Mary of Bethany did, to listen long and to adore in silence."

"Some people are afraid that the practice of Eucharistic adoration takes away from the celebration of the Pascal mystery and the social mission in the name of the Resurrected Lord. The contrary is true. Eucharistic adoration, even outside of the Mass, helps to keep the real sense of the Mass and revive the flame of the social engagement in the name of faith. I can see how the parishes that have adoration chapels are in general the most dynamic and apostolic."

"You will discover that the place ‘par excellence’ of Eucharistic adoration is the celebration, (of the Holy Mass) and that the engagement for culture and social solidarity is a part of the necessity for the Eucharist. If sometimes their reticence signifies that the Eucharist is not the base of a convivial repast in remembrance of Jesus and that adoration does not have a place, I invite them to ask themselves if their vision of the Eucharist is still Catholic. I am convinced that the missionary vigor and the social implication of Christians only have strength if they are rooted in the adoration of the living Christ, really present in the Holy Eucharist."

"Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament is awakening and developing all over the world, and this will help to restore the sacredness of the liturgical celebration of the Mass.... The renewal of adoration of the Blessed Sacrament...is a sign of the times, and a great sign of encouragement."

"The adoration of the Blessed Sacrament ... must not be belittled as a pious but now outdated custom.  It is a development of the living tradition, which felt the need to express faith in Christ’s real presence in the sacrament in this way."


Cardinal Mauro Piacenza (1944 to Present)
Penitentiary Major of the Apostolic Penitentiary at the Vatican and
Cardinal-Deacon of S. Paolo alle Tre Fontane

"We cannot overestimate the importance of adoring the Lord in the Most Blessed Sacrament, knowing that worship is the highest act of the People of God and an effective means toward promoting the sanctification of the Clergy, reparation for sin, and vocations to the Priesthood and to the Consecrated Life. With courage, we must ask the Lord to send forth new laborers into the harvest, and in every diocese there should be at least one church, chapel, or shrine set aside for perpetual adoration of the Eucharist, specifically for the intention of the promotion of new vocations and for the sanctification of the Clergy."

"Order (in the world) is restored above all by strongly affirming the primacy of the Risen Christ, present in the Eucharist. There is a great peaceful battle to be waged, which is that of Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration, so that the entire world can become part of a network of prayer. United to the holy Rosary, in which we reflect on the salvific mysteries of Christ together with Mary, this will generate and develop a movement of reparation and penetration."


Cardinal Jeane-Pierre Ricard (1944 to Present)
Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Bourdeaux-Bazas, France and
Cardinal-Priest of Sant’Agostino

"A rediscovery, or a discovery of Eucharistic adoration is reappearing today in Europe and indeed in other continents... It seems to allow a home (for internalizing contemplation of) Christ in the Eucharist.  Some have expanded their hunger for the Eucharist (while at) Eucharistic adoration.  By programming (an) hour of (Eucharistic) worship or by establishing a perpetual adoration (program), parishes felt they were worn by a new spiritual and apostolic dynamism.  Surprisingly, we now see (that) young people first go through Eucharistic adoration to discover (the) Mass.  This is a phenomenon not programmed, which arose when we did not expect (it) but which contributes significantly, at least for a number of people, enabling them (an) internalized, a personal approach of the Eucharist."


Cardinal Jean-Loius Tauran (1943 to Present)
President of the Pontifical Council For Interreligious Dialogue and
Cardinal-Deacon of Sant’Apollinare alle Terme Neroniane-Alessandrine

"It is before the Eucharist that man recognizes that he has need of the Other to give him new energies for life's combats. A world without (Eucharistic) adoration is a world that would be no more than the world of production, which would soon become unbreathable. A world without adoration is not only irreligious -- it is inhuman!"


Archbishop Joseph A. Di Noia (1943 to Present)
Assistant Secretary of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith
"During Eucharistic adoration, it is not only we who behold Christ, but it is also He who beholds us. When we adore the Blessed Sacrament, we are not just gazing at a beautiful but inert object. The contemplative mode of prayer that we learn during adoration presupposes that Christ returns our gaze."


Cardinal Angelo Scola (1941 to Present)
Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Milan, Italy and
Cardinal-Priest of Santi XII Apostoli

"During the Last Supper, the participants' awareness of the concrete presence of Christ asking for adoration, identified in the consecrated bread and wine (cf. Mk 14:22-24; Mt 26:26-28; I Cor 11:24-25; Lk 22:19-20), is imposing. It is therefore undeniable that the practice of Eucharistic Adoration, just as is done today in the Latin Church, has made more evident a fact that belongs to the essence of faith in the Eucharistic mystery."

"... one must decisively insist that both the consuming of the Eucharist and Eucharistic Adoration are always ecclesial acts. They cannot be conceived as an individual practice of piety. To adore Christ during Consecration and Communion and to adore him present in the Tabernacle implies to recognize oneself and to act as a member of his Ecclesial Body. In that way, the Eucharist is not an encounter that is finished in the act of consuming, but is a permanent encounter, just as the continuous coming of the Lord in his Church is also permanent in virtue of the Eucharistic presence.

In light of the ecclesial nature of Adoration, it is better understood why Christian piety has also united "reparation" for the sins of the world to Eucharistic Adoration: before the Lord, as members of his Body, we are all responsible for one another."


Cardinal George Pell (1941 to Present)
Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Sydney, Australia and
Cardinal-Priest of S. Maria Domenica Mazzarello

"The Eucharist is at the heart of our life as Catholics and adoration of the Blessed Sacrament continues to be a wonderful source of grace and support for all who seek to follow Christ faithfully....A revival in Eucharistic faith and devotion has gathered strength across the world over the last two decades. By word and example Pope John Paul II has vigorously promoted adoration of the Eucharist. Shortly after his election in 1978, he established perpetual adoration in Rome. His initiatives to promote Eucharistic adoration have been taken up by many lay people who have come to realize the centrality of the Real Presence in their daily life, prayer and active involvement nourished by contemplation."


Archbishop Denis Hart (1941 to Present)
Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Melbourne, Australia
"The uniquely Catholic devotion of Eucharistic adoration is the perfect spiritual antidote to the culture of our age.  When every other medium bombards us with the message ‘Look to yourself,’ Eucharistic adoration says: ‘Look beyond yourself. Fix your eyes on Christ!’

Adoration takes us outside of ourselves.  It reminds us that God is not principally ‘God within us,’ but ‘God beyond us.’  According to the Christian gospel, God spanned this great and mysterious ‘beyond-ness’ by coming to us in His Word made flesh.  This Word made flesh is present in the Eucharistic host, and it is upon him that we fix our adoring gaze."


Bishop Edward J. Slattery (1940 to Present)
Bishop of the Diocese of Tulsa, Oklahoma
"I think that there may be some people for whom Adoration may be considered a salutary devotion, but still on the periphery of Church life. I fear there may even be priests for whom things like Holy Hours and extended periods of Eucharistic Adoration are nothing more than quaint relics of a past piety or something which ought to take second place to the pursuit of social justice and the search to find the face of Jesus in the poor. Nothing, however, could be further from the truth!"

"When someone spends time with Our Lord in the Eucharist, he or she makes a conscious and deliberate choice to belong to Christ entirely for that period, since the believer cannot be present to Christ through the mind alone or through the senses alone. Since the believer has put aside every other activity, sacrificed every lesser good which might have been accomplished in that hour for the greater good of lingering a time with Jesus, that person has made a very clear accounting of what in his or her life belongs by right to Christ. It is everything."