Book Review – Manual for Eucharistic Adoration

 

From Tan Books:

Mother Teresa once said: “The time you spend with Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament is the best time you will spend on earth.” Mother Angelica and her Nuns, Poor Clares of Perpetual Adoration, devote their whole lives to prayer and thanksgiving at the Feet of Jesus in the Most Blessed Sacrament. So, it is fitting that the Poor Clares would compile this magnificent “Manual for Eucharistic Adoration” to teach us about this beautiful practice to assist and enrich our time spent in the presence of Our Eucharistic King.

I was fortunate enough to be sent a copy of this little gem. Do you ever find yourself with the burning desire to go to Adoration, but once there find yourself lacking in knowing what to do? Sure, first and foremost, one should pray and be there to spend time with Christ, but to truly and deeply make one’s prayer time in Adoration meaningful, one needs to understand what is truly there before their eyes. This manual can help you do just that.

This handy little book in its beautiful leather cover is divided in to two parts, “Preparing for Eucharistic Adoration” and “Aids in Eucharistic Adoration.” Open anywhere you desire and there is a masterful collection of reflections, historical treatise, and prayers of the saints. I decided to begin with preparation. With the first section dedicated to understanding Eucharistic Adoration and why it’s so important, where this devotion is found in Sacred Scripture, what benefits and fruits come from this, and ideas and practices of how to spend time with Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament, I was pulled in. With this reflection, I felt a deeper understanding grow of Adoration and why I should feel so grateful that my parish built this perpetual adoration chapel.

In the second section, the history buff in me was delighted to see teaching after teaching about Eucharistic Adoration from Scripture, Church Documents, and words of wisdom and inspiration from the Saints, especially those who had a great devotion to our Eucharistic Lord. Even better, to top all this off, there is a wonderful section of prayers (many I had never known about), rosary meditations (a ton of different prayers and meditations you can use your traditional rosary for, kind of like the Divine Mercy Chaplet does), and some additional hymns to keep your focus going.

This is one of the best additions to my prayer life that I have come across. Fully accessible and easy to read, there is definitely something in there for everyone. Do yourself a favor and pick up this little manual and see what it can do for you to enrich your time in adoration. You can order a copy here.

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