Adoration of The Blessed Sacrament
All are welcome to worship in the chapel. The doors will remain unlocked during daylight business hours and everyone is encouraged to drop by and pray as part of their daily devotion
Adoration Chapel History
"Preparing the Way of The Lord"
Built in 1874, the chapel building is rich with history. Once a convent where nuns prayed and worshiped, it has also served as a school house where the nuns taught children about God. As a part of the campus where worshipers of God built the church, “preparing the way of the Lord” has always been central to the building’s purpose. How appropriate He will forever live within its walls.
The inspiration for the chapel design came from three major influences: the history of its historic building, the desire to carry the feel and messages of the main church into the chapel, and most importantly worship of the living God.
The design of the chapel is simple and clean so as to enhance the focus on the monstrance at the front. There is, quite simply, no other reason for the chapel than to worship Christ who is held in the monstrance, so naturally it serves as the focal point.
The color scheme of the main church served as inspiration for the chapel in order to provide continuity and visual union between the two buildings. The emphasis on the color blue was taken from Mary’s robes over the main altar of the church, so her presence would always be with her Son.
There were many reasons for the extensive use of limestone within the chapel. With the exterior structure composed of limestone rock, it was an obvious choice; however the theme actually has a deeper resonance. Jesus declared, “…and upon this rock I will build my church…” (Matthew 16:18), symbolized by the block of limestone which is the base of the altar.
The limestone pavers on the walls are mortared with powder saved from the shaping of the stones so as to cure them back into a single form, a metaphor for the one church built by God. The color of the limestone also replicates the wainscoting in the main church, and is intended to ease the transition from the main church to the chapel.
The trinity is depicted in the three rocks making up the back splash of the altar, and is reflected in the glass below. The glass is symbolic of the waters in which we are baptized in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. The three rocks on the altar are also evocative of the empty tomb from which Jesus rose, especially poignant in celebrating the living Christ among us. In the chapel He lives in front of the symbol of the tomb to be worshiped by all.
Perpetual Adoration Ministry Lead
Adoration Times Available
Sundays: 2:00 a.m. —3:00 a.m.
Sundays: 6:00 a.m.—7:00 a.m.
Tuesdays: 3:00 a.m. —4:00 a.m.
Saturdays: 3:00 a.m.—4:00 a.m.
What is Perpetual
A long held devotion of the Catholic Church, allows adorers to pray and worship in the presence of the living God.
“Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration is the adoration of Jesus Christ present in the Holy Eucharist. In the many Churches that have this adoration, the Eucharist is displayed in a special holder called a monstrance, and people come to pray and worship Jesus continually throughout the day and night. Christ’s great love for us was shown when he was crucified on the cross to pay the penalty for our sins and give us eternal life. He loves us without limit, and offers Himself to us in the Holy sacrament of the Eucharist. Can we not give Jesus a few minutes of love and adoration in return?”