On Sunday February 20th, 1994, Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration began at St. Mary Magdalene. Perpetual Adoration is a devotion in which the consecrated Eucharist remains exposed in the monstrance for veneration by the faithful. Adoration continues without interruption 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Our Lord continues to call us to come closer to Him. Adorers take that step by making the commitment and sacrifice of spending an hour in prayer each week with our Lord, truly present in the Eucharist. Some Adorers may only be able to come one or two times per month. They may wish to join a "Prayer Team" covering an hour; that way there will always have someone in attendance for that hour.
In our busy lives it is difficult or sometimes impossible to attend daily Mass or find time for prayer. Here is a devotion in which our Lord waits for us 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and is available for when we have time. He said to his disciples, ”Could you not watch one hour with me?
What is Perpetual Adoration?
Perpetual Adoration is a Eucharistic devotion whereby members of the Parish unite in taking hours of adoration before the Most Blessed Sacrament, both during the day and throughout the night, seven days a week.
Why is this so important?
Jesus waits for us to come and see Him; face to face. We show our love by making our relationship with Jesus a priority -- committing a time to visit Him every week and working our schedule around it. He calls us to a closer relationship through prayer ... Is there a better place to be than in His presence?
Why is exposition in the monstrance preferred?
To see Jesus visibly is much more conducive to intimacy than hidden away in the tabernacle. Knowing that He is exposed and waiting for us adds an extra responsibility on the adorers to be faithful to the hours they are scheduled, since the suggested norm for having Jesus exposed in the monstrance is that there should be at least two adorers present.
The way we let someone know we love them is through commitment to the relationship. When we do something that takes extra effort shows that we care. Commitment to a weekly hour -- same hour of the same day each week -- is a small sacrifice of our time in love for God and His Son, Jesus Christ.
A visit from time to time may meet a current need to be with Jesus, but the perpetual commitment is a sacrifice that furthers our relationship with God and love that he shares with us in His Son.
What spiritual benefits and graces can be attributed to the establishment of a parish Perpetual Adoration?
- Increase in Mass attendance and reception of the sacraments;
- Return of fallen-away Catholics
- 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 on Jesus -- the heart of the parish, present in the Blessed Sacrament.
Can we share an hour?
Perpetual adoration is a sacrifice of time and working our schedule around this time may be problematic. Do not let this impede your desire to commit and visit Him. You can be part of a Prayer Teams. This is where 2 or 3 adorers share the same hour, so at least one will always be there. The Adoration Team will work with you to get on a team.
What if I need a substitute?
If there is an adorer that also has your same schedule, you’ll just need to confirm that he/she will be present that day. If no one will be in the Chapel, contact your Divisional Leader and they will help arrange a substitute. The contact information for the Divisional Leader can be found next to the sign in book in the chapel. Your Divisional Leader is your primary contact for any needs you may experience with Adoration.
What happens if all hours are not covered?
The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) requires that we have at least one person (preferably 2) present at all times when "The Blessed Sacrament" is exposed in the monstrance. Without adorers committed to each hour, it may be necessary to have adoration ONLY at a designated schedule or adoration with Jesus reposed in the tabernacle.
How do I get into the Chapel?
You will need your personal coded keycard. This card identifies your entry by unlocking the door. Everyone is welcomed to the Chapel, but they must obtain their own "keycard."
What about Security?
The Keycard Access is a big part of security. We have this system to be proactive in providing reasonable and practical security. You are always the primary person responsible for your safety and security. Please be alert and aware of your surroundings at all times. It is important that you do not allow anyone to enter; they must use their own card.
When I enter the Chapel, is there anything I need to do?
Please record your attendance in the sign in book. Simply print your last name and check the column as an adorer, substitute or visitor. This is very important because this is how we know if the hours are being attended in compliance with the USCCB requirements, and tells us what hours need more adorers.
In the event of a sudden need to close the Chapel, it will be posted on our website at www.smmcc.org and Social Media. If you have any reason to believe the Chapel may be closed, please check the website.
Where is the Adoration Chapel?
As you enter the property from Woodruff road, veer right at the fork, parking spaces for adorers will be on the left side. Follow the sidewalk to the Adoration Chapel.
There are four parking places at the end of the sidewalk closest to the Chapel. These are designated as for “Perpetual Adoration Only.” You may use these parking spaces ONLY during your assigned hour. If you stay on campus after your hour, please move your car to the main parking lot so the next assigned adorer will be able to park and fulfill their hour of Adoration.
How do I get additional information or take part?
Hours of Need
1 pm & 5 pm
1 am, 2 am & 7pm
2 am & 3 am
1 am & 2 am
Offer a Holy Hour for a Special Intention.
Ofresca una Hora Santa por una intención especial.