A praying community with a family feeling

Many of you reading this article will have seen invitations to Adoration, or as this experience is affectionately called locally, Seven @ Sacred Heart (SASH).

Those who may be curious are perhaps wondering, ‘Isn’t it the same as going to Mass?’ From my experience some elements are similar and some elements create a prayer experience different from those I have had praying within the Mass.
When invited to adoration, I have been invited to pray, meditate, sing and discuss with fellow participants the word of God with a priest who supports us through these experiences.
I can happily say I find it wonderful and special being able to pray almost anywhere. But often I find it very special to pray in an atmosphere created through adoration. The ‘flow’ that is often created to move us spiritually through this experience can at times develop from the way we may feel after a really positive outcome from the discussions we have together as a
community while reflecting on the word of God. Therefore, it is my feeling that the most beautiful part about adoration (and even belonging to this community that is the Catholic Church) is that I feel inspired not only by the Lord I love but by the people who love him too.
To really affirm my feeling of belonging to a community with a family feeling, we gather after prayer for a very social closing through the gift of a meal or supper. I invite anyone and everyone who is exploring different ways of praying to consider joining us for adoration.

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Jessie Cairns

Jessie Cairns is part of the Pastoral Placement Program 2020.