Eucharistic Adoration

Adoration for Our Nation - A nationwide day of prayer Nov. 3

On election day Catholic churches across the country are opening their doors for Eucharistic Adoration. We are joining this effort to bring healing, hope and prayer to our nation through our Lord, Jesus. We are asking parishioners to sign up for one half to one hour of adoration between the hours of 8:00am and 6:00pm on Tuesday, November 3. To sign up for Adoration, please go to 60B0F4BABAC2CA3F49-adoration or for information contact Joe Dunham at 515-528-0288 or

Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament is held Tuesdays at St. Mary following 6:00pm Mass.   

All are invited and encouraged to participate with us.

At the center of this adoration is the consecrated host that we call Eucharist. The host on display is the body of Christ as it was consecrated during Mass. The Blessed Eucharist is displayed in the monstrance, a gold colored vessel with the Blessed host in the center of it. There are multiple lit candles on either side of the monstrance to signify the light of Christ. The Blessed host is incensed by the celebrant upon exposition and reposition to signify our prayers rising to heaven like the smoke of the incense.

During adoration, occasionally the liturgy of the hours are prayed, or possibly rosaries are prayed, possibly a homily or reflection is shared, but usually it is total silence. That silence gives those present the opportunity to ponder, to meditate or contemplate upon the meaning, the story of how what was formerly bread has become the real presence, the very body of Christ. Issues to be pondered upon during this silence include, how did this come to be, what is the meaning of this Eucharist for me or to me, how could I be loved this much, or what is God asking of me in my life.    The difficulty during this period of silent adoration is a racing mind that goes to everything except the Eucharist. That is common, that is to be expected and anticipated because of our human condition. We never have or never take the time to quiet ourselves and listen to what the Lord has to speak to us. In this form of powerful prayer, we are called to listen to what God has to speak to us rather than us asking of God as we usually do in prayer.

 In Mark 14:37, Jesus asks, "could you not keep watch with me for one hour"