Last evening, we celebrated the Lord’s Supper, which was preceded by Jesus washing the feet of his disciples. Before Jesus was arrested, tortured, and put to death, he gave his disciples two great gifts: an example of humble service and a way to keep him present among them even when he was gone. With the washing of the feet, Jesus showed us that loving service is part of call of the faithful.  With the Institution of the Eucharist, the gifts of his Body and Blood, Jesus promised that he would always be with us.

As we commemorate the Passion of our Lord today and prepare to celebrate His glorious resurrection, please consider the following message from Fr. James Boric, rector of the Basilica of the Assumption. He offers a special invitation for all of us to serve and be in Christ’s presence in the Eucharist by becoming adorers for the soon-to-be-opened Perpetual Adoration Chapel.

Mother Teresa is the greatest evangelizer of the 20th Century.

Because of her tens of thousands of people came to know Christ and believe in the Eucharist! Guess what?

Mother Teresa spent one hour with Jesus in Eucharistic Adoration every day! She listened to Him…talked to Him…gazed at Him…cried with Him and fell in love with Him. Only after she spent time with Jesus…did she then GO OUT to the slums of Calcutta and bring others into a relationship with the Eucharistic Lord.

The Church in Calcutta grew tremendously because of Mother Teresa—despite the fact that it was materially poor. While there wasn’t much money in Calcutta, there was adoration!

Where there is adoration: souls are won. There is growth. Evangelization. It is in adoration that Jesus convicts us of His presence and equips us for the mission to then go OUT and to bring others to Him. This is why adoration is the source of all growth in the Church—even in the poorest and most hostile of nations.

But the converse is also true…

Where there is no adoration, the Church dies—even in the richest and most prosperous places of the world—like the United States of America! Our Church is dying in many places right now! But the solution is obvious…

Mother Teresa said: What will convert America and save the world? What we need is for every parish to come before Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament.

ADORATION WILL SAVE OUR COUNTRY—says the great saint of Calcutta!

And this is why we are working so hard to start up Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration at the Basilica of the Assumption in Baltimore.

Our Church will not grow because of human initiative. NO Bingo…dinners…fraternity…men’s groups…women’s groups…and sports leagues will suddenly cause people to convert and follow Christ and change their lives!

But if you fall in love with Jesus and tell people what you have experienced—that God is HERE—many souls will be won, many lives will change. And our Church will grow. And our country will prosper.

This is why St. John Paul II said that Eucharistic Adoration is of inestimable value AND the source of all growth in the Church.

And this is why he said, “It is the RESPONSIBILITY of Pastors to encourage the practice of Eucharistic Adoration.”

St. John Paul experienced Jesus in Adoration and had his life changed. As a result: He brought millions to Christ. Now it’s our turn…

Beginning May 31, 2021 the Basilica of the Assumption will launch Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration. This will be the first time Baltimore City has ever had perpetual adoration!

The Basilica will have security around the clock. At night, a security guard will walk you to your car. Everything is well lit and secure. Only scheduled adorers will get a code to access the adoration chapel.

In order to have Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration, there must be two (2) committed adorers before the Blessed Sacrament at all times.

Will you to please sign-up for an hour and pray for our City, our Country and our Church?

To sign up for Adoration at the Basilica of the Assumption go to https://adorationpro.org/baltimorebasilica and select “Weekly Commitment.”

You can check out this video of coming at night to the Basilica: https://vimeo.com/500538414

Full details—including information on signing up, daily intentions, and more—can be found here: https://www.americasfirstcathedral.org/adoration/

Contact Ana Farias at Ana.Farias@baltimorebasilica.org if you have any questions or need assistance to sign up!