ONTARIO, CALIF. – Inside the House of Prayer, the Eucharist is exposed in a special holder called a monstrance, and increasing number of people of faith come to pray during the Holy Hour perpetually, twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week.
Since its inauguration on March 31, 2014, the devotees have increased in numbers, now reaching to more than 311 individuals, and it’s still growing.
The Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration experiences strength in Faith and Numbers
According to Pan Gama, council member of the House of Prayer, and Director of the Eucharistic Adoration, groups of local communities also volunteered to cover specific time slots every week. “This really helps us make certain that we have full coverage of the one hundred sixty-eight hours of prayer in every given week,” said Gama.
Gama reported that an average of 75 to 100 individuals visit the Blessed Sacrament daily. They are called the Vigil Adorers, from the Latin word vigilia, which means “devotional watching”. Gama further explained that since the Adoration is twenty-four hours, the people are staying awake, during customary hours of sleep, to be with God. The numbers show that more men spend time praying than women do. “This is a good sign that God invited the men back to him, and the men have responded,” said Gama.
More are Welcome to Join
Given the growth, Gama still encourages more people to become devotees to the Holy Hour of Eucharistic Adoration. His goal is to have four adorers per hour, to ensure that the hour is always covered with people. Some hours still need additional adorers. People are encouraged to fill the empty spaces. “ This is for good coverage – we cannot leave this place unattended, since people have life incidentals, vacations and other appointments, ” explained Gama.
The Importance of the Blessed Sacrament
The perpetual Eucharistic Adoration is the adoration of the omnipresence of Jesus Christ in the Holy Eucharist. It is the worship of the Eucharist outside of the Mass. According to the American Catholic Organization, the Eucharist Adoration provides people with the chance to be with Christ the Savior one-on-one, to have time spent alone with God, in His real physical form. It brings to Christ the people’s cares, concerns, prayers, hopes and thoughts… it is a special time respite from the hectic modern lives, to create a personal space in which to meet God.
As Pope Francis said, “ We need to be continually purified with prayer…the whole community in adoration, in prayer, in praise and thanksgiving…. so that we might grow in lives of adoration and listening to God.”
How to Pray at the House of Praye
Gama stated that the House of Prayer provides all people, even from different beliefs and traditions, with a holy and peaceful place conducive for a sincere dialogue with God. It is open to everyone as long as they provide respect and obedience to the rules and regulations.
Gama further stated that they encourage the people to pray following the A.T.O.R.P. guidelines. It is a step-by-step way of praying to God.
“First is you Adore God, A for Adoration. Then you express your Thanksgiving to God. Next is to do your Offering. This is followed by your Repentance, asking God for mercy and forgiveness. Then you can proceed with your Petitions,” said Gama.
After the ATORP, Gama added that it is important to take time to listen to God.
Building Family and Community with Prayers
Gama added that many people who pray are blessed to experience God in this place. They all have different unique experiences of God’s true presence, and as they leave, they take with them God’s inner peace, tranquility and graces, which are to be shared with their families and loved ones.
Given the news that religion is on the decline in America, the perpetual Vigil Adoration to the Blessed Sacrament inside the House of Prayer brings hope that faith and religion will remain a large part of society, and will flourish again as more communities adore and pray together.
“This is what the world needs today: A personal time devoted to God,” said Gama.
© 2014 Joe Quintana