Perpetual Adoration


Love of Jesus in the Eucharist...

testimony of perpetual adoration - ARCHBISHOP PAUL MARTIN SM

Come and See...

testimony of perpetual adoration - MATT O'CONNELL

It is right...

testimony of perpetual adoration - JAY REFORIAL

Are You really there Jesus?

testimony of perpetual adoration - Phillip Bell

During the last year I have had wonderful opportunities to delve into the treasures of the Catholic Church, to rediscover the ‘genius’ of Catholicism, and grow in my personal relationship with Jesus Christ.  As Catholic Christians we are greatly blessed to have the traditions, beauty, wisdom and communion of a 2,000 year old church, which offers “the source & summit” of Christian life (the Eucharist) to us on a daily basis.


One of the treasures that I have ‘rediscovered’ this year is Eucharistic Adoration.  For most of my Catholic life – which began at infant baptism, I had not experienced ‘adoration’.  I remember twelve years ago visiting the Community of the Beatitudes in Leithfield, as part of the preparation for attending World Youth Day in Sydney in 2008.  We were ‘plunged’ into a time of Eucharistic Adoration (a time of prayer in front of the Blessed Sacrament – Jesus, exposed on the altar) in their chapel.  I didn’t know what was happening, or what to do.  Was this really my first experience of this, at the age of 28?  Why had I not been exposed to this treasure before?


I think this was the time I really started to understand that Jesus is truly present in the Eucharist.  It is Him we receive at communion, not bread and wine.  I understand now that we all need to have that moment.  Imagine if all Catholics truly believed and understood this ‘truth’ of the Church; Jesus is truly present in the Eucharist.


Recently I signed up again to the roster for the Perpetual Adoration Chapel at St Gregory’s in Bishopdale.  I had given an hour of my week for a time when the chapel first started, but life took over when our family unit began to expand.  Presently I go every Sunday morning from 5am-6am, and one thing that has surprised me is how not hard it is, and how quickly the hour goes. 


I spend an hour alone with Jesus.  I read a little.  I pray a little. I kneel, I sit, I walk around.  Sometimes I close my eyes and nod off.  I ask Jesus to help me understand what God’s plan is for my life.  I tell him I am sorry for my sins and ask for his help to not sin again. I talk to him, sometimes aloud, sometimes in my head.  I ask for his blessings on my wife and children.  Sometimes I ask, ‘are You really there?’, and wait for a beaded and scarred man in a robe with a halo to appear beside me. 


I know, that even though I am alone in that chapel, I never feel alone.  I feel no anxiety, I feel peace and I feel loved.  My wife tells me that I am somehow different; my faith, Jesus, Catholicism, is leading my life more visibly.  Even though I sometimes still ask ‘are you there?’, I can see that He must be there, looking back at me and loving me.   


Phillip Bell

Give it a go...

testimony of perpetual adoration - CATH SHAW

My favourite place...

testimony of perpetual adoration - VIPPIN VARGHESE

Listening to the Voice of the Good Shepherd

testimony of perpetual adoration

I signed up for adoration after a friend encouraged me. In turn I
encouraged my husband to sign up as well, so praise the Lord we did and therefore became committed to a few hours a week. Over the year my few hours have increased, yet so too has my spiritual growth and personal relationship with Christ.
Furthermore what I do at adoration has changed as well; from going along with an arm’s length of prayers to pray from the minute I got there to the minute I left, to just sitting in the presence of Christ silently reflecting. Although prayers are very good, it is hard to hear the voice of our Lord when you talk too much. Therefore one year on I am able to hear Christ speak in the depths of my heart, to initiate dialogue if required. The
Gospel on Sunday May 11th was ‘Jesus the Good Shepherd’, part of which said “The one who enters by the gate is the shepherd of the sheep. The gatekeeper opens the gate for him, and the sheep hear his voice. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. When he has brought out all his own, he goes ahead of them, and the sheep follow him because they know his voice.” (John 10:2-4 – NRSV). We know we are the sheep so isn’t it our desire to hear the voice of the shepherd? I believe a good way to experience Christ in this way is giving Him one hour of your time, to adore His presence in the Monstrance.

When I am before the Eucharist, I am struck with awe and wonder. I come broken and bruised. I bring Him my pain and longing, and He responds with peace and healing. It’s incredible that He wants unworthy little me to be with perfect almighty Him for all eternity. How can I not want to love Him, be close to Him, and commune with the faithful in heaven and on earth. The Eucharist is the real presence of Christ - once you ‘get it,’ this procession we call life has meaning, hope and purpose.
Surrendering to Christ
Adoration Testimony
Recently I decided to spend most of the night in the Adoration chapel praying for the protection of NZ prolife issues. The time passed quite quickly it didn't drag at all. I felt a real stillness and peace resting in the divine presence. I didn't need to keep asking for this or that. The Lord knows my heart. I was inspired by how many come in to spend time with The Lord. Our city has a treasure in this chapel. It will bear fruit. July 2019
Adoration Overnight
Adoration Testimony
To commit myself to spend one hour a week in the presence of Jesus was one of the best commitments I have made of recent times. A time of stillness, contemplation, peace and reflection has made a difference to my life. I have grown more in closeness to Jesus. I feel more at peace in my life.
Finding Peace
Adoration Testimony
Adoration for me has been a time of drawing closer to Our Lord in a completely different way from anything else I have experienced. It has been direct, intense and very personal to the extent of finding myself often unaware of other adorers. Jesus says to me "This is where I want you". I can't explain it any other way.
Drawing Closer to Christ
Adoration Testimony
There has been a lot of things happen this year where I think God has been leading me to the point of participating in perpetual adoration. I have found that in the time I have started adoration things are happening in my life that I thought I would never do. God has been answering questions I didn't know I had and giving me peace about things I keep bugging Him about. I am at peace knowing that in his time he will answer those prayers and desires I have that I deeply want to be sorted out now.
All in God's Time
Adoration Testimony

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