At the encouragement of the pope, a movement began 30 years ago to create new chapels dedicated to the adoration of the Blessed Sacrament in parishes across the United States.
The movement resulted in over 7,000 parishes offering Eucharistic adoration today, comprising some 40 percent of the parishes in the United States, according to Real Presence Association Inc.
Although the flood of interest has crested over the years, the landscape of Catholic devotional practice in America has been reshaped by the thousands of chapels that still remain in use. Hundreds operate as perpetual adoration sites, where adoration occurs 24 hours a day, seven days a week, thanks to the people who sign up for one-hour visits.
Asked about the effects of increased devotion to the Eucharist, Carol Seydal of the Real Presence Association told Our Sunday Visitor that the fruits of prayer and contemplation before the Blessed Sacrament are inestimable.
Seydal’s association is the best source to locate adoration chapels in America and lists several thousand on their website (www.therealpresence.org).
Others involved in ministry are seeing the effects of adoration in ways that are dramatic, such as the increase in vocations for priests, nuns and other religious; subtle, such as strengthened sacramental participation; and even miraculous, such as cures for disease, psychological problems and doubts in the faith.
Power of adoration
Pope St. John Paul II is credited as the igniter of the renewal of Eucharistic devotion. At the 1993 International Eucharistic Congress in Seville, Spain, Pope John Paul said he hoped for “the establishment of perpetual Eucharistic adoration in all parishes and Christian communities throughout the world.”
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