Homily by Pope Francis in Santa Marta, Friday, 20 October 2016

Noting that Paul spoke of plunging into the immense sea that is the person of Christ, Pope Francis asked “how can we know Christ, How can we understand His love that is beyond all knowledge?” (Eph. 3,14-21)…

“We cannot know the Lord without this habit of worship, to worship in silence, adoration… Allow me to say this, waste time in front of the Lord, in front of the mystery of Jesus Christ. Worship him. There in silence, the silence of adoration. He is the Saviour and I worship Him."...

"In order to enter into this bottomless and boundless sea that is the mystery of Jesus Christ, this thing is necessary…. worship the mystery, enter into the mystery and worship Him. “

From the address of his holiness Pope Francis to the young consecrated persons. Paul VI Audience Hall Thursday, 17 September 2015
“…The prayer of silent adoration: “You are the Lord”, is the opposite of that self-reflection of narcissism. Adoration. I want to close with this word. Be women and men of adoration. And pray for me. Thank you.”


Prayer for the Holy Sacrament

Mgr P. Hoogmartens

Lord Jesus,
To look at you fulfills us with great joy:
You show us the love of the Father,
Who is in all centuries

Lord Jesus,
To look at you makes us truly thankful:
You fulfill us with the Holy Spirit,
With your life in abundance 

Lord Jesus,
To look at you nourishes our heart:
It adores in the Eucharist
The gift of your Body and your Blood

Help us, Lord,
To cherish more and more your ever-presence
As the greatest treasure
That shines in our human existence.

Help us, Lord,
To go from You to the other people,
Not judging, but loving in truthfulness,
So as we may resemble to You more and more. 

Help us, Lord,
To  carry our cross that is part of life
And to find hope in it
As a steady anchor for our stormy soul.

So bless your people, o Lord,
And go with us the long way
So that we once may adore for ever
Your love and that of the Father and the Ghost.



Eucharistic exposition is a form of prayer where the Holy Sacrament is shown in a monstrance. It is an answer on the demand of Jesus: ‘ Couldn’t you men keep watch with me for one hour?’ (Matthew 26: 40). Through the personal presence of Jesus in the Host, we can relate on a very personal level to God. During each hour of the adoration, a special intention is proposed to pray for. But in the same time we can pray for our personal intentions.


Sunday 24 July 2022 we start with adoration in the Virga Jesse Basilica of Hasselt at 8 pm. The focus of the worship is prayer for new priests for our diocese. "Lord, give us laborers for the harvest."

Then He said to His disciples, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few. So ask the lord of the harvest to send laborers for his harvest.' (Matthew 9, 37-38)

In the Virga Jesse Basilica:

8 p.m. for HH Pope Francis

9 p.m. for Mgr Hoogmartens, Bishop of Hasselt

10 p.m. for vocations to the priesthood

11 p.m. for humble priests through the intercession of the H Pastor of Ars

12 p.m. for brilliant priests and good intellectual formation at the seminaries through the intercession of St. Jan Berchmans

1 a.m. that priests may show us the way to the total gift of ourselves, through the intercession of St. Damien of Molokai

2 a.m. For boundless evangelizers, through the intercession of St Francis Xavier

3 a.m. For priests and bishops who vigorously fight the lies, through the intercession of St Servatius of Maastricht, fighter against Arianism.

4 a.m. For priests who show us the Splendor of the Truth through the intercession of St. John Paul II

5 a.m. For priests who work tirelessly for the proclamation of the Gospel in our diocese through the intercession of St. Hubertus and Lambertus

6 a.m. For priests faithful to the Catholic Church through the intercession of St Ignatius of Antioch      

7 a.m. For ardent defenders of the Truth and the Catholic Church through the intercession of St. Dominic

8 a.m. For priests with a heart for every person, especially the poor, through the intercession of St Philip Neri

9 a.m. For priests who continue to testify to God's real presence in the Eucharist, through the intercession of St Godfried Coart, martyr of Gorcum, (Godfried van Melveren).

10 a.m. For priests who intercede for each child and show them the way to Paradise, through the intercession of St. Don Bosco

11 a.m. For priests who show us the way to the Sacrament of Confession, through the intercession of Blessed Valentinus van Hasselt


In the Cathedral:

2 pm For many priests for our diocese

3 pm For holy priests for our diocese

4 pm For many holy priests for our diocese


Anyone can participate in this adoration. Registration is not necessary, but is appreciated - especially for the nightly hours - via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.