Jesus stays with us day and night in the Blessed Sacrament, calling out to each one of us, “Come to me all you who are wary and fine life burdensome, and I will refresh you.”
"The purpose of the Holy Hour is to encourage deep personal encounter with Christ. The holy and glorious God is constantly inviting us to come to Him, to hold converse with Him, to ask for such things as we need and to experience what a blessing there is in fellowship with Him.”
- Venerable Archbishop Fulton Sheen
What is Eucharistic Adoration?
Simply stated it is the adoration of Jesus Christ who is truly present in the Holy Eucharist.
As Catholics, we believe the Eucharist is Jesus, truly present--Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity. At the moment of Consecration during the Mass, the gifts of bread and wine are transformed (transubstantiated). They are not only spiritually transformed, but are actually (substantially) changed. The elements retain the appearance of bread and wine, but are indeed the actual Body and Blood of Christ given for us to consume and to be transformed.
‘To be’ with Jesus
At St. Mark’s Catholic Community, we are truly blessed to have the opportunity to keep company with Jesus at any time in the beautiful Adoration Chapel. Jesus is there for us 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Pray, talk with him, read, or simply rest in His peace. The permanent exposition in the monstrance allows you to look at Him and He at you.
Testimonials from our community
I have been attending adoration at St. Mark's for about 18 years. When I was younger, it was a peaceful place to unwind at the end of a long evening. Now that I have children of my own, my time in adoration is the only peace and quiet that I get. Lately, life seems like it's flying by and I have no chance to stop and think. But once a week, God speaks to me and gives me my mission for the coming week. If it weren't for adoration, I'd be tossed about by the wind and waves, but the Eucharist is my lighthouse that keeps me moving in the right direction.
I have had a regular adoration hour for about a year now and am finding it to be the best hour of my week. The most recent example of what happens in a Holy Hour is that last night I let go of my usual routine of rosary and religious reading to simply rest and review with Jesus a particularly painful event that I had experienced earlier in the week. I felt the peace and presence of Our Lord very personally. The burden has not disappeared, but I feel the weight of it lifting as I am able to give it to Jesus. Thank you, St. Mark parishioners for providing and keeping this beautiful vigil.
Make the Time, It will Make a Difference
You are warmly invited to visit the St. Mark’s Perpetual Adoration Chapel at any time. If you are feeling the call to commit to an adoration hour, please consider a vacant hour or partnering with a solo adorer. Check the website www.stmarksboise.org/PerpetualAdoration for current openings and call Kathy Webster at 853-5888 to schedule your hour. Kathy can also answer any questions you may have about adoration.