“How Should I Show Reference to Jesus in the Holy Eucharist?” (Special Podcast Highlight)

Patrick Madrid explores a crucial topic with caller Ron from Staples, Minnesota: the proper way to show reverence to Jesus in the Holy Eucharist


Ron’s Journey: Ron, a longtime listener and first-time caller, shared his increased participation in Eucharistic adoration thanks to the Eucharistic revival. He’s noticed various reactions during these ceremonies and wanted Patrick’s take on how to best show reverence.


Patrick’s Insightful Response: Patrick emphasized that reverence for Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament can’t be overdone. Jesus desires to receive everything we can give, and we owe him every ounce of veneration possible. 


  • Kneeling Tradition: In the Latin rite, kneeling during the consecration has been a tradition for over 1,500 years. However, some people with physical limitations might not be able to kneel, which is understandable.


  • Eastern Rite Practices: On the flip side, the Eastern Churches stand as a sign of respect. Both forms are valid expressions of reverence.


  • Different Expressions: Patrick pointed out that during Eucharistic adoration, you’ll see different expressions of reverence—some people kneeling, others standing, and some even lifting their hands in praise. Every person is on a different point in their faith journey. All these acts, though different, should stem from a place of love and respect for Jesus.


  • Assume Good Faith: Because of the variety of practices post-Vatican II, Patrick encouraged us to assume good faith in others’ expressions of reverence. The fact that they’re present and worshiping is a testament to their love for Jesus.


  • Liturgical Guidelines: Patrick pointed out that in the U.S., the Bishops Conference states that kneeling is the proper posture during consecration. It should be the way we give worship to Jesus in this moment at Mass.


While the ways of showing reverence might vary, the important thing is that people are coming to adore Jesus and showing him respect in their way


Key Takeaway: “Assume good faith and recognize that diverse expressions of reverence all stem from a deep love for Jesus in the Holy Eucharist.” 


Will you visit Jesus in adoration soon? He loves you and desires to spend time with you!

Patrick Madrid is an acclaimed public speaker and has authored or edited 26 books, which have sold over a million copies worldwide, including foreign-language editions. He hosts The Patrick Madrid Show daily on Relevant Radio.