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Perpetual Adoration Chapel

What is Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration?

Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration is the adoration of Jesus Christ present in the Holy Eucharist 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The Eucharist is displayed in a special holder called a monstrance. St. Patrick Parish is blessed to have an Adoration Chapel, located on the Hayes St. side of the church property.  The chapel, which was dedicated on November 1, 1995 and seats about 30 people, provides an atmosphere for quiet intimacy with the Lord.  It is open to all day and night and all are encouraged and invited to spend some time with our Lord before the Eucharist. St. Patrick’s is one of only 19 sites in Massachusetts offering Perpetual Adoration.

Perpetual Adoration means that our Lord is never left alone, that there must always be a least one adorer present. To accomplish this, at least 168 volunteers are needed to spend an hour before the Eucharist each week. See the Eucharist Adoration Ministry for more information.

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. Only a few can respond to the Lord’s invitation: “Could you not watch one hour with Me?” when we only have limited hours at a chapel or church. The more we expand the hours the more we extend the opportunities to adorers. Through Perpetual Adoration with the exposition we proclaim to our parish and community that Jesus is truly present among us today. Blessed John Paul II said, “Your faith will help you to realize that it is Jesus Himself who is in the Blessed Sacrament, waiting for you and calling you to spend one special specific hour with Him each week.”

Why is the exposition necessary?

The difference between spending time with Jesus’ Real Presence 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.” (John 6:40)

Is this the mission of the laity? What are the benefits?

Perpetual Adoration is coordinated by the laity in cooperation with the clergy, but today, more than ever, the laity is invited to take part in the life and mission of the Church. There is dependability on the prayer of the laity especially for the Holy Father, all clergy and religious, and those who suffer from poverty and natural disaster. The time we reserve as laity to pray before the Blessed Sacrament is essential for the Church to grow in holiness and for others to grow closer to Christ. As a Eucharistic adorer, our love and reverence for the Lord increases and He increases in us.

Who can come to adoration?

There are no restrictions as to who can come to Perpetual Adoration. Anyone can come at anytime.

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If you have a comment or question, please contact:  Lucy Prunier at 508-988-0338 or email: Luciana.prunier@gmail.com

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