Nocturnal Adoration Society

Eucharistic Adoration provides a fervent response to Christ’s invitation to keep prayerful vigil with Him; to deepen the experience of communion with Christ Eucharistic, as He continues His self-offering and saving influence; and to live more consciously and actively the full significance of the Eucharist as the Sacrament of charity and unity for the Church and the world.

The Nocturnal Adoration Society is an Apostolate of the Deanery II parishes in the Diocese of Arlington. These parishes include St. Mary’s, Blessed Sacrament, Good Shepherd, Holy Spirit, Annandale, Church of the Nativity, Queen of Apostles, St. Ambrose, St. Joseph,St. Lawrence, St. Louis, St. Michael, St. Raymond of Peñafort, St. Bernadette, and St. Rita.

At St. Mary’s, we incorporate both silent and vocal prayer in the church on the First Friday of each month, beginning with Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament at 9 p.m. Our vocal prayers follow the Little Office of the Blessed Sacrament, consisting of Psalms and beautiful Eucharistic meditations. The Holy Hours continue throughout the night, ending with Benediction at 7:30 a.m. on Saturday. Security is provided by Alexandria Police officers.

Contact the apostolate leader Helen Lynch at or by using this form.

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