The purpose of all Eucharistic devotions are to deepen one's faith and foster a
personal relationship with Jesus Christ. They vary in their practices and forms, but
all aim to honor and adore the real presence of Jesus in the Eucharist. Below are
some of the more common devotional practices around the Blessed Sacrament.
This devotion involves spending time in prayer and contemplation before the
consecrated Eucharistic host displayed in a monstrance or tabernacle. It can be
done individually or as a community
A specific period of time, typically one hour, spent in prayer and meditation before
the Blessed Sacrament. It is a time of deepening one's relationship with Jesus and
seeking His guidance and blessings in our everyday life.
Benediction is a liturgical ceremony in which the Blessed Sacrament is exposed
and then blessed with the monstrance in the form of the sign of the cross. It usually
concludes with a hymn and a prayer of thanksgiving.
On the feast of Corpus Christi, a procession is held in many Catholic
communities, during which the Blessed Sacrament is carried in a monstrance, and
the faithful follow in a procession, singing hymns and offering prayers.
This is a period of continuous prayer and adoration spread over three days in
honor of the forty hours that Jesus spent in the tomb. It involves a series of prayer
services and is often held in parishes or religious communities.