Adoration of the Exposed Corpus Christi
As mentioned in last week’s “Corner”, we had our first 24-hour Adoration in our new, secure Marian Adoration Chapel. I want to thank the many (some attending for several hours) that made the commitment to give glory to God with a dedicated hour of private prayer. This will be repeated every First Friday…Adoration of the Exposed Corpus Christi…beginning immediately after each First Friday 8:30 am Mass…right through to the beginning of Mass on the following Saturday morning. However, as I have shared with you, this is only the beginning, as we build awareness and commitment to the abundant grace and peace that flows out upon those who dedicate an hour, at least once a week…praying before the Real Presence of Jesus. Our parish goal is to quickly build a heightened desire by some 336 parishioners to cover (two for each hour) the 168 hours in each week.
To achieve this goal we need to build a team of enthusiastic parishioers who fully embrace and desire the great graces that will flow down upon our parish and the dedicated adorers. We will have a Priest Promoter who specializes in helping parishes inaugurate Perpetual Adoration Programs. Here is some information regarding this process:
- How many people are needed to have a Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration program in our parish? There are 168 hours in a week. Theoretically, all that is needed are 168 people willing to make one Holy Hour on a weekly basis. Realistically, however, it is necessary to have more than 200 in case of illness, vacations or other situations that may arise necessitiating a substitute.
- The importance of Captains and Coordinators: The Pope called upon the laity to be vigilant in seeing that Jesus is known, honored and loved in the Holy Eucharist. The key to the success of Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration is lay involvement. What is needed in each parish are lay persons who want Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration enough to be willing to take the responsibility to make it succeed.
- Definition/role of a Captain: A captain accepts overall responsibility for the entire program and he/she is responsible to the Pastor to ensure that all aspects are correctly observed accoring to Canon Law and the wishes of the Pastor.
- Definition/role of a Vice-Captain: Four vice-captains are selected who are responsible for each of the four time zones: morning, afternoon, evening and night. Each vice-captain is responsible for the six hours within their time zone. In addition to these responsibilities, the vice-captains would stand in as coordinator, when necessary, in addition to their normal weekly Holy Hour. The vice-captain will assist in all aspects or assume responsibility when necessary.
- Definition/role of a Coordinator: A coordinator is a leader who is responsible for one of the 24 hours of the day every day throughout the entire week and ensures that there is one adorer for each hour of the day, every day, throughout the week. He/she makes sure that his/her particular hour is always covered. The main duty of the coordinator is to continue to inspire and motivate adorers and solicit new adorers. A further responsibility is to find a replacement for an adorer in an emergency situation. In the event that the coordinator is unable to obtain a replacement, he/she should cover the hour in question. Each adorer of a specific hour is supplied with the phone numbers of other adorers and the coordinator.
- Definition/role of an Assistant Coordinator: Each coordinator should choose two reliable people who are able to assist whenever the coordinator goes out of town or cannot be reached to find replacements. The assistant coordinator is a back-up person who can be a big help to the coordinator.
- Team: The parishioners are divided into 24 teams corresponding to the 24 hours of the day. Each memeber of a particular team is scheduled for a different day of the week. Each coordinator is in charge of a team made up of those persons scheduled to make their Holy Hour at the same time of day, so that this specific hour is covered throughout the entire week by at least one member of the team.
- Definition/role of an Adorer: An adorer covers a specific hour during the day of the week. In case of illness, or other, every effort must be made to find a replacement before calling the coordinator. It is well to remember that a chain is only as strong as its weakest link. You form a link in an endless chain of adorers on behalf of the whole parish.
I will provide more information as soon as the Priest Promoter who specializes in this start-up process comes and preaches at all the weekend Masses, He will assist the interested lay members with a meeting wherein they select their captain, vice-captains and 24 coordinators (one for each hour of the day and night) and assistant coordinators. In the interim, if you are as enthusiastic about our Adoration Program as I am, please come by and let me know, or email me.
May you be blessed by His presence,