All are welcome to adore our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament at a special Eucharistic Holy Hour from 6 to 7pm for the four deacons from the Archdiocese of Washington who will be ordained to the priesthood on June 16, including St. Matthew's parishioner Deacon Andrew Wakefield. The Sacrament of Reconciliation will be available in English and Spanish during the hour. View the flier.
Why Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament?
"In a world where there is so much noise, so much bewilderment, there is a need for silent adoration of Jesus concealed in the Host. . . . It is a source of comfort and light, particularly to those who are suffering.” (Pope Benedict XVI)
The U. S. Conference of Catholic Bishops made a video (click here to view) that includes short testimonies by area people on why they participate in Eucharistic Adoration. You may recognize the Adoration Chapel at St. Agnes in Arlington, VA, which offers Perpetual Adoration (24/7).
"Adoration is the first attitude of man acknowledging that he is a creature before his Creator. It exalts the greatness of the Lord who made us and the almighty power of the Savior who sets us free from evil. Adoration is homage of the spirit to the 'King of Glory,' respectful silence in the presence of the "ever greater" God. Adoration of the thrice-holy and sovereign God of love blends with humility and gives assurance to our supplications." (Catechism of the Catholic Church, no. 2628)