Adoration and Benediction
Every Friday Adoration is held following the 12 noon Mass until 5pm.
The Rosary is prayed at 12:30pm and the Divine Mercy Chaplet is at 3pm.
First Friday – Adoration is held following the 12 noon Mass and 7pm Mass, and continues
throughout the night with Benediction at 8:45am Saturday.
A Holy Hour for Respect Life/Pro-Life is at 7am.
What exactly is proper conduct during Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament consist of?
Since Jesus Christ is truly present (body, blood, soul, and divinity) on the altar, silence and reverence is the general rule for proper conduct during Adoration. When you enter or leave the Adoration chapel, you should genuflect on two knees while making the Sign of the Cross. It is called a double genuflection and is a great sign of respect and love for the Lord.
What specific prayers are said? What should one be pondering and/or praying about?
You can say any prayers during Adoration. There are four kinds of prayer: Adoration, Contrition, Thanksgiving, and Supplication/Petition. It is a good idea to try to incorporate each kinds of prayer into your own personal prayers.
You can pray standard devotional prayers like the Rosary or the Divine Mercy Chaplet while in adoration. Or you can just sit and meditate on the life of Jesus Christ. You can read the Sacred Scriptures, to help with your meditation. It is also particulary fruitful to meditate on the Passion, Death, and Ressurection of Jesus. You can read about that in the each of the four Gospels.
How does one go about such prayer?
When you pray, you can talk to Jesus just like He is your best friend sitting next to you. Jesus is truly present there with you and He wants to be your best friend!
Can anyone go to Adoration? Or must one be a member of any special guild or anything?
Anyone can go to Adoration!