It is bare bones. There is no inspiring music or stirring messages, no group activities, no required prayers and certainly no technology. It’s just believers sitting or kneeling in silence for an hour at a time 24/7 in every season.
Those who pray here, called adorers, pray before the Blessed Sacrament (the Body, Blood, Soul & Divinity of Jesus Christ), the consecrated host from Mass placed in an ornate gold container called a monstrance.
They speak of praying directly to Jesus and Keep him company — hence the perpetual one-hour shifts that they sign up for in advance. They are the host for those that need to drop and in and are looking for Jesus.
Those who sign up to be Adorers are required to stay until the next Adorer — who signed up for the following hour — arrives. Most people sign up for an adoration hour in order to deepen their personal prayer, but as a scheduled adorer, the role goes beyond just showing up to spend time with Jesus: they are the host of that time period of adoration, making it possible for other people to stop in and encounter our Lord.
The adorers hospitality and compassion for the people that come into the chapel is the difference between people feeling welcome in the presence of our Lord and those same people feeling like an unwanted intruder who should take their difficulties elsewhere. Adorers are SO important!
Please note: Adorers are not expected to greet guests or interrupt their prayer but allow guests to be alone with Jesus. Their hospitality consists in a kind demeanor and at most, a smile or a wave.
Weather you become an adorer or you just drop by for a minute to enjoy the company of our Eucharistic Lord, become familiar with His voice, and learn to love Him more deeply. What a special gift!