Parishioners who are willing to commit personal time to adoring the Blessed Sacrament in the adoration chapel on a regular basis. Many rich blessings are bestowed on those who regularly adore Jesus, truly present in the Blessed Sacrament.
For every parish with Perpetual Adoration, and in particular, we as Corpus Christi, the Adoration chapel is and needs to be the heart of the parish. Outside of the Mass, Adoration is the most important thing we do. I am so grateful for Dave and Fran Grattan, and more recently, Joe Meller, along with the Captains and all the Adorers over the years who have done a great job in leading this ministry.
I am happy to introduce a more comprehensive and streamlined functionality for our Perpetual Adoration ministry called Adoration Pro. This new electronic process will keep the Committed Adorers always up to date and make it easy for us to see unattended hours. In addition, it will make it easy for anyone to sign up to become a Committed Adorer, which if you are not one yet, I encourage you to become one. You will be able to sign up through our website or in the chapel on the tablet. It will also help finding a substitute easier, which is important since, as I hope you know, we cannot leave Jesus unattended, ever. If you have any questions about it, please contact me or Kathleen Foley in the Parish Office.
- Through Him, With Him, In Him,
- Fr. Chad King
The Catechism, quoting Lumen Gentium, tells us that,
"The Eucharist is "the source and summit of the Christian life."
A Holy Hour is spending an hour devoted to prayer in the presence of the Holy Eucharist where Jesus Christ is truly present in His body, blood, soul, and divinity.
“The purpose of the Holy Hour is to encourage a deep personal encounter with Christ. The holy and glorious God is constantly inviting us to come to Him, to converse with Him, to ask for such things as we need and to experience what a blessing there is in fellowship with Him.”
We invite you to spend time in prayer in our adoration chapel at any time. We encourage you to commit to an hour, if possible, during one of the times listed below.
Enter through the gate from the 36th Street parking lot to the Prayer Garden. Follow the path to the last door.
Our Adoration Ministry needs two committed Adorers for each hour. We are very short of this goal. Hours that need an honor guard are:
|Monday||12:00am, 6:00am, 8:00am, 3:00pm, 10:00pm|
|Saturday||8:00am, 2:00pm, 4:00pm, 7:00pm, 10:00pm|
Common Questions About Perpetual Adoration
What is Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration?
Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration is when a parish sets aside a little room, or chapel, that is open seven days a week, 24 hours a day with permanent exposition of Jesus in the Most Blessed Sacrament.
Why is Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration necessary?
The more we limit the hours of Adoration, the more we limit the availability of Christ to His people. The more we expand the hours, the more we extend the opportunity to adorers. When a chapel is open all the time, then everyone in the parish can participate. Through Perpetual Adoration with exposition we proclaim to our parish and community that Jesus is here, truly present among us today. Pope John Paul II said, "Your faith will help you to realize that it is Jesus Himself who is present in the Blessed Sacrament, waiting for you and calling you to spend one special specific hour with Him each week."
Why is Exposition Necessary?
The difference between spending time with Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament exposed in a monstrance, rather than in the tabernacle, is the same as the difference between conversing with a friend face to face instead of having a closed door between you. Most adorers say that seeing Jesus under the appearance of the Sacred Host is much more conducive to intimacy than Him being hidden in a tabernacle. It helps adorers to be faithful to their scheduled hours, because they know that Jesus cannot be left alone in the Blessed Sacrament exposed in a monstrance. The scheduled adorers are guardians of the Blessed Sacrament, so their presence is necessary. Yet, the most compelling reason for exposition is because the Holy Spirit asks for it. During his Eucharistic discourse, Jesus made this unmistakably clear:
"Indeed, this is the will of My Heavenly Father, that everyone who looks upon the Son and believes in Him, shall have eternal life. Him I will raise up on the last day."
What are the benefits?
Each person that spends time in the presence of Jesus in the Most Blessed Sacrament grows in holiness. Communally, increased Mass attendance, conversions, the return of the fallen away Catholics and vocations to the priesthood and religious life are among the many fruits of Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration. Through our Holy Hours of prayer, Our Holy Father declared that we are contributing to "the radical transformation of the world," the "establishing of everlasting peace," and the coming of Christ's Kingdom on earth.
How can my Holy Hour change the world?
The Holy Eucharist is the mystery of our faith. Jesus said that faith can move mountains. One person coming before Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament represents all of humanity.
Every man, woman, and child on the face of the earth receives some new, wonderful effect of God's goodness, of God's mercy, of God's grace and of God's love, when they put their faith into action and come to visit Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament.
When you come before Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament, He appreciates this so deeply that you release the power of His love and graces to all of His children throughout the world.
Is this the mission of the laity?
Vatican II emphasized the importance of lay involvement in the mission of the Church. Perpetual Adoration is coordinated by the laity, in cooperation with the clergy.