Spiritual Ministries

 

Eucharistic Adoration

“Behold I am with you always, until the end of the age” (Matt 28:20). Eucharistic Adoration is a continuation of the communal worship of the Mass. Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament is an opportunity to come before Jesus physically present in the consecrated Host.

St. Ambrose is blessed to offer parishioners and friends the opportunity to adore Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament every First Friday of the month from 9:30AM-3:30PM. Adorers are needed for every hour. Please sign up! But please also remember that the church is open daily for anyone to visit with Him. Parishes in the diocese with a perpetual adoration chapel included Queen of Apostles in Alexandria, St. Agnes in Arlington, and St. Michael's in Annandale. 

 

Why Adore?
Adoration is a personal act of faith in this Presence, an act of love for the God who loved us even unto death on a cross. It is sitting before the Lord as the early disciples did, to listen to him, to learn his will for us, to allow our hearts to be transformed. It is placing ourselves and our loved ones before the radiance of his peaceful gaze to experience his healing, strengthening presence.

An hour spent in the presence of Jesus, praying directly before him, is truly a Holy Hour, a powerful means for advancing along the road to wholeness…to holiness. The more we allow him access to our hearts, the more he can transform our lives, no matter what our situations or circumstances.

During the Hour
A Holy Hour with Jesus may be spent praying familiar prayers, saying the Rosary or the Divine Mercy Chaplet, reading Scripture or spiritual books. We may be too weary to do any of these, and simply want to sit in his Presence and receive his love and peace.

Some people experience painful memories of hurt or past sins when they have been in adoration for awhile. This is a sign that the Lord is doing some deep purifying and healing. As our sins are made known to us, Jesus invites us to come to him in the Sacrament of Penance to be reconciled with the Father through the Spirit of Love.

Finally, it is natural to become tired, distracted or even bored during an hour of prayer. Yet every time that we find ourselves distracted and then turn our attention back to him, we make an act of love. Remember the first three friends Jesus invited to come and spend an hour with him? They fell asleep! Yet he built the Church upon their response to his mystery and presence.

 

Legion of Mary

Open to all practicing Catholic members in the Parish who are 18 years or older.  This is a world-wide Apostolic organization of lay people.  It makes better Catholics through a program of prayer and service in union with the Holy Spirit as He operates through Mary, Mother of the Church.  Meetings are held in the Parish Hall library on  Saturdays at 10am. 

Contact: Larry Holmes; 703-648-1426

  

Prayer Team

Open to all Parishioners.  No meetings are involved.  Headed by a Prayer Coordinator who receives prayer intentions and notifies parishioners to pray for the intention.

You are also welcome to submit your prayer requests via email at stambroseprayer@gmail.com. In your message, please indicate if you'd like your special intentions to remain confidential or if you would like the persons name added to the list of the sick published in our weekly bulletin.

Do let us know if there is anything else we can do to support you, your family or friends during a difficult time.

Contact:  Magdalena Manzo; 703-560-1056 or malainemanzo@gmail.com