Perpetual Adoration

My parish has had perpetual adoration for 9 years. Before we started on average only 80 people attended Sunday Mass, now we have well over 200 attendees. The most remarkable change has been the increase in the level of faith.

Pope St. John Paul II, in his letter ‘On the Mystery & Worship of the Eucharist’ (1980), wrote: “The Church & the world have a great need for Eucharistic adoration...Let us be generous with our time of going to meet Him in adoration & contemplation  that is full of faith & ready to make reparation for the great faults & crimes of the world. May our adoration never cease.”

Over 3,000 parishes around the world currently have Perpetual Adoration. About 500 of these are in the Philippines and Mexico is witness to the fastest growing number of chapels with now over 200.  Both Cardinal Sin of the Archdiocese of Manila and Cardinal Vidal of the Archdiocese of Cebu have asked every parish to host Perpetual Adoration.

The United States has more than 1,500 chapels of Perpetual Adoration; South Korea, with a Catholic population of less than one percent, has 70, and the Republic of Ireland has 150.  Pope Francis, when Cardinal Bergoglio, had encouraged the establishment of over 50 chapels in Argentina.  In Australia there are four parishes with perpetual adoration in Perth, two in Brisbane, one in Melbourne and one in Coffs Harbour, NSW.

The faith of the laity and their hunger for prayer mean that people often make themselves available for Adoration. Vacant hours are advertised and committee members approach people to volunteer. Also, a smaller parish may combine with another.  

When asked ‘What will save the world?’ Mother Teresa replied; “My  answer is prayer. What we need is for every parish come before Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament in Holy Hours of prayer.”

Many pastors have reported that the incidence of crime in their area has declined since Perpetual Adoration began in their parish. Recently, a request for Perpetual Adoration came from a missionary in Guatemala. He was inspired to have Perpetual Adoration because of the church of San Marcus. Since beginning this time of Perpetual Adoration not a single priest or parishioner has been harmed during the war. In the four surrounding parishes, the priests had been killed & the villages wiped out.

I believe in the power of the Blessed Sacrament as it changes lives profoundly. That is why I promote Perpetual Adoration in my parish.

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