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A substitute or replacement adorer is an individual we can turn to with regularity when, for some reason, a committed Adorer is unable to fulfill their scheduled adoration time slot for any given week. For example, if the committed Adorer, Bob Jones, falls ill and can not cover his regularly scheduled position, he can request a replacement from the pool of replacement/substitute Adorers. Replacement Eucharistic Adorers remain on-call for substitute requests and fills these vacancies as their schedule allows. It is expected that replacement Adorers serve at minimum, once per quarter.
A committed Eucharistic Adorer commits to pray in the Adoration Chapel with the Blessed Sacrament for a specific hour each week. An example would be a person who is committed to being present with our Lord every week at the same time and day, filling this time slot with regularity, for example, every Thursday at 9 am. Committed Eucharistic Adorers sign in upon arrival to the chapel each week and are expected to ask for a replacement when they are unable to fulfill their position.
When the Chapel opened in April 2016, we hoped to have enough committed Adorers to begin Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration. To make sure that all time slots are filled, we will begin taking sign-ups for Wednesday-Saturday, and then once those hours are filled, we will open up Monday-Tuesday, and then Saturday-Sunday.
In fact, we need people from all of the neighboring parishes to help us, since our Perpetual Adoration Chapel will serve the entire region. The more people that sign up to be an Adorer, the more quickly we will be able to expand to 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Yes, very enthusiastically.
He wants the Chapel to serve the entire region and has asked all who come to please pray for vocations.
The closest Perpetual Adoration chapels are located in Annapolis, Towson, and Westminster. Our chapel will serve Howard County, western Baltimore County, and surrounding areas.
There must be two Adorers for every hour: “Every effort should be made to ensure that there should be at least two people present. There must absolutely never be periods when the Blessed Sacrament is exposed, and there is no one present for adoration.
The Church requires two Adorers to ensure that the Blessed Sacrament receives the proper reverence and care that the Blessed Sacrament demands. Because it really is Jesus, the Church wants to make sure that the Blessed Sacrament is never left unattended during Eucharistic Adoration. Having two Adorers serves as a safety in case one Adorer is running late. Having two Adorers also provides a level of security and peace for those who have come to pray, knowing that there is always someone else present.
What if I sign up for an hour of Adoration each week, but I need to be away for business or vacation one week?
You can request a substitute in a simple and easy way through Adoration Pro. All officially scheduled Adorers will be enrolled in the system, which can send you reminders of your scheduled prayer time, as well as make it easy for you to request a substitute if you cannot make your regularly scheduled hour.
During regular daytime and early evening hours, the Chapel will be open and accessible through the Church’s Narthex for anyone to come and pray, including the scheduled Adorers, so no key or passcode are necessary.
The chapel is open daily from 7:00 am to 8:00 pm for all visitors.
Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament in the monstrance is available from 9:00 am Wednesday through 8:00 am Saturday.
However, we want parishioners and visitors to be able to spend time with Jesus and pray as often as they would like, as the need arises, and at hours that work with their schedules.
After-hours access to the Chapel is available from 8:00 pm – 7:00 am.
To balance ease of after-hours access and the need for security, OLPH is using an electronic system called VIZpin that turns your cell phone into the key needed to gain entry after-hours.
A restroom will be located in the new Narthex adjacent to the Chapel and will be available at all times.
Some of our families with young children have asked about setting aside “family-friendly” hours of prayer when parents could pray, together with their children. We will work with interested families to determine the best days and times to set aside something regular and consistent for them.
Your style and method of prayer depend on you and your own relationship with the Lord. One hundred people will pray in one hundred different ways. But there are some basic elements that every “holy hour” has in common. The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has provided basic teachings on prayer and meditation as well as sample holy hours available to help you find the best way to connect more deeply with Jesus in your time of prayer.