Why do men at St. John the Evangelist go to Eucharistic Adoration?

In ancient Pre-Pandemic Days, September, 2019, men keep watch with Our Lord in our beautiful parish Oratory.

St. John the Evangelist, Severna Park is offering overnight adoration again! We’ve lost some regular adorers. Parishioners who go regularly are the best advertisers, so some parish men have articulated why they go — and why YOU should go! (Here’s the link!)

These guys raise their families, go to work or college, help in the community, have favorite sports teams and are…imperfect. (Most of the lightly snarky comments are included):

“…I put before you the one great thing to love on earth: the Blessed Sacrament.” J.R.R. Tolkien

“When we go before the Blessed Sacrament, let us open our heart; our good God will open his. We shall go to Him; He will come to us; the one to ask, the Other to receive. It will be like a breath from one to another.” St. John Vianney

“For me, adoration is an opportunity to deepen my relationship with God. He is speaking to each of us all the time, but with our busy lives we often can’t hear him. Adoration affords me that silence that is necessary to open my heart and listen to his word. All relationships involve an amount of time spent together, and adoration is a perfect time to spend with our Lord. I truly feel his presence during that hour.”

I want a peace that the world can NOT give; I go to the One who can.

If you think nothing can overcome the world, come to the One who has.

I reflect (on everything) through adoration.

Real men KNEEL for the Lord. 

Come pray for sports to return, you know you have nothing better to do! (Hmmm…)

Meet up with an old friend, maybe make a couple new ones too.

He died for you the least you could do is give him an hour of your attention.

Adoration – time away from kids, work, and wife! What more could you ask for? (Hmmmm…)

Come for the peace and quiet, stay for the praying!

This is truly a place for miracles.

This is a place to discern spirits.

I know He’s the truth, that’s where I go.

Finally, extra points for the young man who sent in a Bible verse:

“Better is one day in your courts than a thousand elsewhere.” Psalm 84:10

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