How Can I Explain Adoration to a Protestant?

Posted By on August 3, 2019


Brenda, your question. Yeah, my question is:
I lived with–well I rent a room from a lady who’s a Protestant. She’s
ecstatic about the fact that there’s another Christian in the house, because
she is. She’s non-denominational, as far as the church; but she sees me going all the
time to adoration, because our perpetual adoration Chapel opened up the 1st of
February. And she sees me going all the time; how is the best way that I can
explain to her what adoration is and why we do it? Because I went to fill
in for somebody the other night, I got the eye-roll, but I’m like, “How do I
explain it to her?” We’ve already had the Immaculate Conception conversation, but…. I’ll tell you what I do, Brenda, is I kind of go the way the Church went in the first several
hundred years of the Christian era, because everything begins with the Real
Presence of Our Lord in the Eucharist when you consider adoration. You know,
because once you understand, for example, I start with 1 Corinthians–you could
start with John chapter 6, of course, “Unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and
drink his blood, you have no life in you–” but I get to 1st Corinthians 10:15-
17, where St. Paul says “The cup of blessing which we bless, is it not a
partaking of the blood of Christ?” So first you see here that Communion is, what?
Partaking in the blood of Christ. “And the bread which we break, is it not a
partaking of (“koinonías,” in Greek) the body of Christ?” So there
you have–okay, well, this communion is the partaking in the body and blood of the
Lord. Then you go to chapter 11:27- 29, “Whoever eats this bread or
drinks this cup unworthily eats and drinks damnation to themselves.” Why?
“Because they do not discern the body of the Lord.” So not only is it a
partaking in the body of the Lord, but there, plainly, it is the body of the Lord. And
that’s why it’s a partaking in the body the Lord. So once you see that, oh my
goodness, then it makes sense. Because as you probably know, adoration didn’t start
immediately in the Church. I mean, you can see, in the earliest Christian documents,
they would take, you know, the sacred host to those who were not present, and they
were careful not to let one crumb fall to the ground because of the belief in
the Real Presence; but adoration would actually come later. And it naturally
follows from the reality, “Hey, this is Jesus, and he doesn’t leave (as the
Lutherans teach) at the end of service.” Right? But there is a real transformation
that happens. We call it transubstantiation, where the bread and
wine don’t exist anymore. So once you see that–and that’s what you see in the
Scriptures there. In fact, if you back up to 1 Corinthians 11:27, “Whoever eats
the bread or drinks the cup
of the Lord unworthily shall be guilty of the body and the blood of the Lord,” there
you even have an indicator that Jesus is entirely present under either species;
because if you eat the bread or drink the cup unworthily,
you’re guilty of the body and blood of the Lord. So you have all sorts of
theology there; “Wow, he’s entirely present under both species, and if I don’t
recognize this and I receive, I eat and drink damnation to myself. Wow, Jesus is
really present there.” And as a result of that, what else can we do except get on
our knees and worship Him? Brenda, thank you so much for that question.

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