Perpetual Adoration Chapel
by Kerin Buntin – Saint Louis de Montfort Parish Newsletter February 2013
Is God calling you by name? Are you looking for holy ground?” Outside the Adoration Chapel it says: “Be still and know that I am God” (Psalm 46:10). This Lent (February 13, 2013) is the perfect time to come into the Adoration Chapel to pray, light a candle and “BE STILL” so that you can hear God speaking to you in silence.
Have you ever heard the word triptych? It is from the Greek adjective τρίπτυχοs meaning “three-fold.”
In order to properly show reverence to the presence of our Lord in the blessed sacrament, a beautiful canvas horizon of the sky will soon rest permanently behind the monstrance. The sacred art triptych will replace the temporary white fabric panels.
The monstrance is the gold sacred vessel used for the exposition and adoration of the blessed sacrament, which holds the host that is consecrated each Sunday. With the reconfiguration and renovation of our prayerful, peaceful and welcoming perpetual adoration chapel in October 2010, the white fabric drapes were hung in the interim while discerning the work of sacred art suitable for the presence of the living God. The sky canvas painting is designed to enrich the spiritual life of the community. It was done in warm hues of simplicity meant to inspire a sense of the sacred. Through evangelization local artist, April Willy communicates the message of Christ with grace and sensitivity to nature by letting the earth speak to God’s holy people. In 2007, Pope Benedict XVI said “our earth speaks to us, and we must listen if we want to survive.”
Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta said: “Nowhere on earth are you more welcomed, nowhere on earth are you more loved, than by Jesus, living and truly present in the most blessed sacrament. The time you spend with Jesus will deepen your union with Him and make your soul everlasting more glorious and beautiful in heaven, and will bring about an everlasting peace on earth. When you look at the crucifix you understand how much Jesus loved you. When you look at the sacred host you understand how much Jesus loves you now.”
Maybe you are one of the scheduled adorers at SLDM praying for the last 16 years since the inception of the perpetual adoration chapel by Father Donald Eder. There are currently one hour slots available 24-7 for your own committed appointment with our Lord. As always, anyone can come into the chapel at any time to experience the healing power and presence of our Lord. It truly is holy ground. Jesus is waiting for YOU. Are you listening?