The Great Power of Perpetual Adoration
“The best, the surest, and the most effective way of establishing everlasting PEACE on the face of the earth is through the great power of
Perpetual Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament.” (Pope John Paul II)
The Holy Eucharist is the sacrament of God’s infinite generosity towards man. When we are generous in our response to Him in this sacrament of love, God pours out His infinite goodness upon all mankind. God will bless you, your family and the world ten times as much for this sacrifice because God cannot be outdone in generosity. Whatever we give to Him, He gives us back ten, a hundred times as much. Those who are generous and willing to make a sacrifice by taking one of the most difficult hours are the ones who bring down God’s blessings upon the earth like rain that pours forth from the heavens. This is why Pope John Paul II exclaimed: “Let us be generous in our time in going to meet him…” (Dominicae Cenae).
Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration is a Catholic devotion and is the adoration of Our Lord in the Most Blessed Sacrament twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. Catholics join together to provide around-the-clock adoration and prayer before the Blessed Sacrament which is continually exposed. Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration strengthens parish spiritual life.
Great consolation is to be derived from so much as a single hour spent with Christ when away from home and family.
In his first encyclical, The Redeemer of Man, Pope John Paul II states that our essential commitment in life is to preserve and advance constantly in Eucharistic life and piety, and to grow spiritually in the climate of the Eucharist. The Pope called upon the whole People of God to make Jesus loved in the Blessed Sacrament and to make the Eucharist the very center of each parish through adoration. The Holy Father himself began perpetual adoration of the Blessed Sacrament chapel of St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome on December 2, 1981.
Teach young people the value of Eucharistic Adoration
I urge priests, religious and lay people to continue and redouble their efforts to teach the younger generations the meaning and value of Eucharistic adoration and devotion. How will young people be able to know the Lord if they are not introduced to the mystery of His presence? Like the young Samuel, by learning the words of the prayer of the heart, they will be closer to the Lord, who will accompany them in their spiritual and human growth. The Eucharistic mystery is in fact the “summit of evangelization” (Lumen Gentium) for it is the most eminent testimony to Christ’s resurrection.
Twelve reasons from the teachings of the Church for wanting to spend one hour with Jesus in The Blessed Sacrament
- You are greatly needed!
“The Church and the world have a great need of Eucharistic Adoration.” (Pope John Paul II, Dominicae Cenae)
- This is a personal invitation to you from Jesus.
“Jesus waits for us in this Sacrament of Love.” (Pope John Paul II, Dominicae Canae)
- Jesus is counting on you because the Eucharist is the center of life.
“Every member of the Church must be vigilant in seeing that the sacrament of Love shall be at the center of the life of the people of God so that through all the manifestations of worship due Him shall be given back ‘love for love’ and truly become the life of our souls.” (Pope John Paul II, Redeemer of Man)
- Your hour with Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament will repair for evils of the world and bring about peace on earth.
“Let us be generous with our time in going to meet Jesus and ready to make reparation for the great evils of the world. Let your adoration never cease.” (Pope John Paul II, Dominicai Cenae)
- Day and night Jesus dwells in the Blessed Sacrament because you are the most important person in the world to Him!
“Christ is reserved in our churches as the spiritual center of the heart of the community, the universal Church and all humanity, since within the veil of the species, Christ is contained, the Invisible Heart of the Church, the Redeemer of the world, the center of all hearts, by Him all things are and of whom we exist.” (Pope Paul IV, Mysterium Fidei)
- Jesus wants you to do more than to go to Mass on Sunday.
“Our communal worship at Mass must go together with our personal worship of Jesus in Eucharistic adoration in order that our love may be complete.” (Pope John Paul II, Redeemer of Man)
- You grow spiritually with each moment you spend with Jesus!
“Our essential commitment in life is to preserve and advance constantly in Eucharistic life and Eucharistic piety and to grow spiritually in the climate of the Holy Eucharist.” (Pope John Paul II, Redeemer of Man)
- The best time you spend on earth is with Jesus, your Best Friend, in the Blessed Sacrament!
“How great is the value of conversation with Christ in the Blessed Sacrament, for there is nothing more consoling on earth, nothing more efficacious for advancing along the road of holiness!” (Pope Paul VI, Mysterium Fidei)
- Just as you can’t be exposed to the sun without receiving its rays, neither can you come to Jesus exposed in the Blessed Sacrament without receiving the Divine Rays of His Grace, His Love, His Peace.
“Christ is truly the Emmanuel, that is, God with us, day and night, His is in our midst. He dwells with us full of grace and truth. He restores morality, nourishes virtue, consoles the afflicted, strengthens the weak.” (Pope Paul VI, Mysterium Fidei)
- If Jesus were actually visible in church, everyone would run to welcome Him, but He remains hidden in the Sacred Host under the appearance of Bread, because He is calling us to faith, that we many come to Him in humility.
“The Blessed Sacrament is the ‘Living Heart’ of each of our churches and it is our very sweet duty to honor and adore the Blessed Host, which our eyes see, the Incarnate Word, Whom they cannon see.” (Pope Paul VI, Credo of the People of God)
- With transforming mercy, Jesus makes our heart one with His.
“He proposes His own example to those who come to Him, that all may learn to be like Himself, gentle and humble of heart, and to seek not their own interest but those of God.” (Pope Paul VI, Mysterium Fidei)
- If the Pope himself would give you a special invitation to visit him in the Vatican, this honor would be nothing in comparison to the honor and dignity that Jesus Himself bestows upon you with the Invitation of spending one hour with Him in the Blessed Sacrament.
“The Divine Eucharist bestows upon the Christian people the incomparable dignity.” (Pope Paul VI, Mysterium Fidei)
O God, help us to persevere in Prayer. Please grant our needs.
The Perpetual Chapel at Holy Spirit Catholic Church on Airport Road in Huntsville, Alabama is open seven days a week 24 hours a day. At least one person, preferably two or more are committed to cover each hour of the week each and every week of the year. You are welcome to make a visit to the Blessed Sacrament at any time. After hours, just knock on the door and the person in the Chapel will let you in. We always need and welcome new adorers.