St. Jude Adoration Chapel allows individuals to pray before Jesus present in a consecrated Eucharistic host in a quiet atmosphere, facilitating contemplative prayer.
The Catechismof the Catholic Church briefly explains the Catholic teaching regarding the Eucharist: “By the consecration of the bread and wine there takes place a change of the whole substance of the bread into the substance of the body of Christ our Lord and of the whole substance of the wine into the substance of his blood” (CCC 1376).
This means that while the appearance of bread and wine remains, the substance is changed (through the power of God) completely to the body and blood of Christ.
As a result, Catholics for many centuries have engaged in Eucharistic adoration, during which they spend time in prayer before a consecrated host displayed in a liturgical vessel called a monstrance.
This host is the Blessed Sacrament, the Real Presence of Jesus Christ, and praying in an adoration chapel is often explained as sitting or kneeling in front of Jesus himself.
If you ever feel drawn to spending extra time with Jesus, try to find a local adoration chapel and listen to God’s voice speak in your soul, please stop by the parish center to sign-up for a time slot and to receive the access code.