Adoration is the first attitude of man acknowledging that he is a creature before his Creator. It exalts the greatness of the Lord who made us and the almighty power of the Savior who sets us free from evil. Adoration is homage of the spirit to the “King of Glory,” respectful silence in the presence of the “ever greater” God. Adoration of the thrice-holy and sovereign God of love blends with humility and gives assurance to our supplications. —Catechism of the Catholic Church, no. 2628
The visit to the Blessed Sacrament is a great treasure of the Catholic faith. It nourishes social love and gives us opportunities for adoration and thanksgiving, for reparation and supplication. Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament, Exposition an Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament Holy Hours and Eucharistic processions are likewise precious element of your heritage–in full accord with the teaching of the Second Vatican Council. (Pope St. John Paul the Great, Phoenix Park, Ireland 1979.)
Thanks to the commitment and devotion of many parishioners and others in the area, we are extremely blessed to have a Chapel for Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration. The Chapel is closed only during the Triduum and in inclement weather when it is dangerous to drive. You need a code to enter the Chapel from midnight to 6:00 a.m. For weather cancellation information, call 734-665-5040 and press 4. To sign up as a committed adorer or for more information, please contact Greg Stout (734-645-4060 or firstname.lastname@example.org).
All parishioners who have an assigned hour of adoration should pick up their adoration packets from the Adoration Chapel.
ALL COMMITTED ADORERS, SUBSTITUTES AND VISITORS, PLEASE REVIEW THE FOLLOWING GUIDELINES FROM THE SPIRITUAL LIFE COMMISSION.
Feel free to visit often and stay as long as you are able, and please be generous with your time if asked to be a substitute for one of the committed adorers. The perpetual presence of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament is a great blessing for us all and will require the ongoing support of our whole parish.
- The Adoration Chapel is located on the east side of the main church and is most easily accessed from Via Sacra Drive. It is the semi-circular building which has a separate handicap-accessible entrance. The Chapel contains a small bathroom, a vestibule at the entry and a phone provided to make outgoing calls only to find a substitute or in case of an emergency. All activity and noise once inside the Adoration Chapel entry should be kept to a minimum to avoid disturbing any others praying.
- The entry to the Adoration Chapel is lighted for easy access and security at all times. It is recommended that cars be locked when parked for your Adoration time and that purses or other personal belongings brought into the Chapel be kept near you. In the event of a security concern, feel free to call Domino’s Security at 930-4911, or if an emergency occurs call 911 directly.
- PLEASE SIGN IN when you arrive for your Adoration time. There will be a sign-in sheet with the names of the persons committed for Adoration with their hour, and a sheet for guests and substitutes, along with a space for their phone number and time of day.
- A page for PETITIONS is provided in the vestibule to the Adoration Chapel to list any particular prayer requests that you may wish others to join in prayer with you. These can be specific needs or general prayer requests. There is also a page to list FAVORS GRANTED or ANSWERED PRAYERS that you may wish to share with others.
- SILENCE is the general rule for the Adoration Chapel, including any communication between individuals praying in the Chapel. Anyone should be able to enter the Adoration Chapel, either at their committed time or as a guest, and find silence in the presence of Jesus. Open prayers such as a shared Rosary, charismatic prayer or musical instruments must never be allowed to disturb anyone who enters the Adoration Chapel. If there is a need for communication between individuals, you should go out into the vestibule and talk softly so as not to disturb any others in the Adoration Chapel.
- READING MATERIALS and Rosaries have been provided for your use while at the Adoration Chapel. Please do not remove these items from the Chapel so they can remain available for others. ALL MATERIALS FOR DISTRIBUTION MUST BE APPROVED BY THE SPIRITUAL LIFE COMMISSION. PLEASE DO NOT LEAVE SUCH ITEMS WITHOUT APPROVAL.
- Please do not bring any food or drink into the Adoration Chapel, including children’s treats.
- Parents are encouraged to bring their children to visit and pray before the Blessed Sacrament. The children should be instructed on proper behavior before entering the Adoration Chapel. Parents should determine the amount of time that their children can properly pray before Jesus in the Chapel without disturbing the prayers of others.