From a reader:
My confessor strongly recommended I spend time in adoration. I’ve been hesitant because I’ve never done it before, but I decided to do it tonight after Mass. I just have one problem…
What exactly am I supposed to do during that time? I assume some sort of prayers, but I don’t know too many. Is it Improper to use my iPhone to assist me?
I am glad you will be giving this a try. Good for you.
I will also ask other readers to jump in on this issue of use of the iPhone to help the experience of Eucharistic Adoration. But I will also ask them to attend to my preliminary comments.
There are different ways to spend your time before the Blessed Sacrament.
Those who are not used to extended periods of silent or still prayer may want to use pre-set, traditional prayers and spiritual reading to help them get into it and then see where it takes them.
Those who are more accustomed or inclined to contemplation or meditation will perhaps not need to start in that way.
About using the iPhone or other electronic thing. As favorable as I am toward using new tech, gadgets could still be a distraction in themselves. Yes, people can use them to help them move out of the world, as it were, or provide texts or lists of people to pray for, etc. Also, they might be a distraction to others who may get the idea that you are “playing with a gizmo” or “not paying attention to Jesus” simply because you have one in your hand.
I would try your first experiences with adoration without such an aid, at least at first. Use a book, or take a note pad. Take a Rosary.
Perhaps people who are experienced with this could chime in with their tips and observations.
UPDATE: Fuller disclosure:
When I received an advance copy of the Holy Father’s new book, in PDF, I put it on my iPad and read it in the chapel. Seemed right.