History of Perpetual Adoration
Although the Real Presence has been recognized since the time of the Apostles, evidence shows perpetual adoration may have begun in the sixth century in the Cathedral of Lugo, Spain. By the twelfth century, St. Thomas á Becket is known to have prayed for King Henry II before the “majesty of the Body of Christ,” and by the sixteenth century, the devotion known as Forty Hours had developed. In nineteenth-century France, perpetual adoration developed in communities of contemplative nuns, and the devotion eventually spread to many parishes throughout the world.
Immaculate Heart of Mary Perpetual Adoration Chapel at St. Aloysius Catholic Church started in August 15, 2011. In practice, parishioners of St Aloysius and other parishes in the surrounding vicinity volunteer as Adorers to spend one hour adoring Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament both during the day and throughout the night, twenty-four hours, seven days a week. The Chapel is located at 118 9th Avenue NE, a short walk across the street from the main St. Aloysius Church building.
To see Jesus visibly present under the appearance of the consecrated Host is much more conducive to intimacy than when it is hidden away in the tabernacle. Moreover, it adds extra responsibility on the Adorers to be truly faithful and dedicated to the holy hours they are scheduled. The suggested norm for having Jesus exposed in the Monstrance is at least two Adorers present, and He must never be left alone.
Could not these words of our Lord apply today: “Indeed, this is the will of My Father, that anyone who looks upon the Son, and believes in Him, shall have eternal life. Him I will raise up on the last day.”