Adoration of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament occurs twice a week at 6.30pm each Thursday night (Entry via the Pilgrim Walk on Cathedral Place)
and following 1pm Mass on Friday, from 1.30pm until 3.00pm. The Sacrament of Reconciliation is available during Adoration on Thursday nights.
Everyone is welcome to attend St Patrick’s Cathedral and spend time in prayer and adoration of the Lord.
What is adoration?
Adoration is an ancient tradition of the Church. As Catholics we believe that at the consecration during the Mass, the bread and wine cease to exist and in their place are the body and blood, soul and divinity of Jesus. This is the Eucharist. The Eucharist is not simply a symbol or a sign of Jesus - Jesus is really present under the appearance of bread and wine. At Mass we can be in communion with Jesus in the Eucharist. Outside of Mass, we can visit Jesus (who is present in the Eucharist). When we pray to Jesus who is before us in the Eucharist, we are adoring him. This is what adoration is.
The visit to the Blessed Sacrament... is a great treasure of the Catholic faith. It nourishes social love and gives us opportunities for adoration and thanksgiving, for reparation and supplication. Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament, Exposition and Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, Holy Hours and Eucharistic processions are likewise precious elements of your heritage - in full accord with the teaching of the Second Vatican Council.
Every act of reverence, every genuflection that you make before the Blessed Sacrament, is important because it is an act of faith in Christ, an act of love for Christ. And every sign of the Cross and gesture of respect made each time you pass a church is an act of faith.
May God preserve you in this faith - this holy Catholic faith - this faith in the Blessed Sacrament.
Pope John Paul II