How 32 Adorers Grew to More Than 4,600

"“Just come and spend time with Jesus, even if it’s only for a few minutes,” Deacon Lorenzo told the daily Massgoers of St. Mark’s. “We’re starting a prayer group: ‘Adorers of the Blessed Sacrament.’”

"The only requirement for membership was to have made their first holy Communion and to agree to come into the chapel at some time during adoration hours and pray.

"The parish already had scheduled adoration times every Monday following 8am Mass until 8pm.

"It was going to be expanded from after Mass until noon for the rest of the weekdays. Deacon Lorenzo made sure someone covered each hour, since Our Lord cannot be left alone in the monstrance, according to Church teaching. (The Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments stated in its instruction “Certain Matters to Be Observed or to Be Avoided Regarding the Most Holy Eucharist,” “The Most Holy Sacrament, when exposed, must never be left unattended even for the briefest space of time. It should therefore be arranged that at least some of the faithful always be present at fixed times, even if they take alternating turns” (Redemptionis Sacramentum, 138).

"Understanding that most people don’t want the commitment of an hour a week, he invited people to come for however long they could. …

Praise God! That is wonderful.

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