Perpetual Adoration

The parish of Our Lady of Peace has faithfully adored Our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament since August 15, 1976.

For those who may not be familiar with Perpetual Adoration, the following information is provided.

What is Perpetual Adoration?

Perpetual Adoration is a Eucharistic devotion whereby the faithful agree to be present for a certain period, taking turns to adore the Most Blessed Sacrament, day and night, seven days a week.

What are some good reasons for establishing Perpetual Adoration?

To provide an easy, attractive, and practical way of rendering God adoration which is His due as our Creator, of giving Him thanks for our redemption, of making reparation for our sins and the sins of mankind; of petitioning the good God for the constant help we need. To show our gratitude to our Lord for remaining among us in our tabernacles, and to make at least some atonement for the many sacrileges, indifferences, and ingratitude which He receives in His Sacrament of Love.

What spiritual benefits and graces can be attributed to the establishment of a parish Perpetual Adoration program?

Typically reported benefits and graces to the parish include:an increase in Mass attendance and reception of the sacraments; return of fallen-away Catholics and increase in the number of conversions; increase in religions and priestly vocations; renewal of Catholic family life; spiritual level of the people is raised with a resulting desire and courage to spread the "good news" to others; a greater community spirit, centered as it is on the heart of the parish, Jesus' presence in the Blessed Sacrament.

How does one spend an hour before Jesus exposed in the Blessed Sacrament?

This hour Jesus wants you to spend with Him is spent any way you want. You may bring your own prayer books, use the books in the chapel, read the Bible, pray the rosary, or just sit and relax and enjoy the sweet peace that comes from simply being in the Presence of God. You may feel that you can't pray well. Don't let this discourage you. The mere fact that you take time out at a specific time each week to spend an hour with Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament pleases Him very much and is in itself a prayer of great faith. Please remember that Perpetual Adoration in a parish is not just for a day, a week, a month, or a year. Rather, it is for always. It is not temporary, but ongoing, lasting, permanent.

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