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Ordination Mass Preview: Eucharistic Adoration

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Apart from the Mass, the strongest form of prayer, many Catholics take part in another form of prayer called Eucharistic adoration.

Reverend Monsignor Joseph Goering, Diocese of Fargo Vicar General says of adoration, "It's just being able to say to the Lord, 'Here I am. I want to hear your voice. I want to love you. I want to be loved.'"

Eucharistic adoration within the Catholic Church dates back centuries.

"(It's) the time of prayer where we are with the Lord in the Blessed Sacrament in the host, which as Catholics we believe that the bread and wine at Mass are transformed into the body and blood of Christ," says Msgr. Goering.

Most times, it is simply an hour each week for the faithful to adore the one closest to their hearts. Why an hour?

Goering explains, "Scripturally, there's the, in the time of the agony in the garden where Jesus went back, and his apostles were asleep, and he said, 'Could you not stay awake one hour with me?'"

It is in that hour, though, that many find true transformation. "It's a time to just build a relationship and to be able to hear deeper with your heart a lot of times what He's wanting you to do in life and what he wants you to do as his servant," says Marilyn Loegering.

Loegering has been attending adoration for nearly 30 years. "That is a tremendous experience of sitting there in our Lord's presence," she says.

She sees people come and go each day from the Our Lady of Guadalupe Adoration Chapel at the Cathedral of St. Mary, finding times in their schedules to flee from distractions.

"Silence in this busy, noisy world opens your heart and your mind up to the real things that have meaning, not the surface things," says Loegering.

Msgr. Goering says the best part is, there is no one right way to spend time in adoration. Some people will read and meditate upon Scripture. Some will pray the rosary. Others will sit in silence. "Here's what's on my mind. Here's what's worrying me. Here's what I'm thanking you for," he adds.

Though, he understands there are many that do not understand. He says, "Some people might say, 'Why? Why waste your time with God period?' Say well, cause He's central. He loves us. We want to love Him back, and adoration just flows out of that."

Goering explains it is a direct connection to faith and believing in God and God's existence. He says God left us this precious gift.

For Loegering and other Catholics, it is about developing a deep love and friendship. "If you want to have a close friend, do you just walk by and never talk to him? Well, here's where you want the best friendship there is," she says.

She adds that Eucharistic adoration is a friendship with Jesus that will continue for centuries to come. "It's open to anybody and everybody. It isn't, it could even be other faiths if they want to just come and see what things are," explains Loegering.

The adoration chapel at the Cathedral of St. Mary has adoration 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Organizers are always looking for more people to take an hour. You can call the cathedral to get signed up.

Most churches in the Diocese of Fargo also have times of adoration. You can find the churches and their times on the Diocese of Fargo's website: fargodiocese.org.

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