St. Jude The Apostle commemorates Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration March 25

March 30, 2014

St. Jude the Apostle Parish celebrated the completion of its second and the commencement of its third year of Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration March 25, the Feast of the Annunciation, and marked this occasion with the announcement of the program's new name, Adoremus Jesum, which means, in Latin, Come let us adore Jesus.

Adoration of Jesus Christ exposed in the Blessed Sacrament is an ancient practice of the Catholic Church which has in recent years seen a significant resurgence across the country and the world. Pope Francis testifies to the importance of Eucharistic Adoration in his life: "What I really prefer is adoration in the evening, even when I get distracted and think of other things, or even fall asleep praying. In the evening then, between 7 and 8 o’clock, I stay in front of the Blessed Sacrament for an hour in adoration."

For more than 10 years, St. Jude's had a program of Eucharistic Adoration meeting several hours a week, which three years ago was substantially expanded, and then in 2012 established as Perpetual Adoration 24/7.

Hundreds of people now come regularly every week to the Adoration Chapel to spend time in prayer from 6 a.m. Monday morning through noon, Saturday, and from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday. Some are assigned to specific hours; others as frequent or occasional visitors. The number of visits per month now averages well over 5,000, and the chapel ledger in which adorers record their thanksgiving for blessings and favors granted abounds with testimonies.

One does not have to be a member of St. Jude's to come to the Adoration Chapel. All are welcome at any time. Anyone wishing to sign up for a specific hour of adoration, however, or who wants to come to the chapel between the hours of 7 p.m. and 7 a.m. should call 302-703-2419 to discuss arrangements.

St. Jude’s is on the northbound side of Route 1, just north of the intersection with Route 9 at Five Points.