The Eucharist,This Great Sacrament of Love
The Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration Chapel at the Consolata Shrine was blessed and inaugurated by the then Archbishop of Nairobi, His Grace Raphael Ndingi Mwana ‘a Nzeki on 28th January 2001, on the feast day of St. Thomas Aquinas, having been established earlier and opened on the 28th August 2000.
The Chapel operates continuously Twenty Four Hours, Seven Days a week in the presence of Jesus, except on the days prevented by the liturgical orders. Successive adorers undertake to make holy hours of prayer once a week. These Holy Hours continue day and night without ceasing. The Chapel can sit 40 adorers at any one time.
What is Eucharistic Adoration, and why Adore?
- Eucharistic Adoration is a prayer in the presence of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament.
- We Adore Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament.
- To express in the most concrete way our love for Jesus.
- Give Him thanks for the gift of Himself.
- Meet and worship Christ in a bodily way so as to share in the privilege of those who were close to Him 2000 years ago.
- Encounter Jesus and grow in intimate friendship with Him.
- To deepen our communion with the Trinity. It is also a way for people who are unable to receive Holy Communion to encounter Jesus in Spiritual Communion.
- In Eucharistic Adoration, we learn to place all our trust in the Sacred Eucharistic Heart of Jesus and this trust drives away our fears, our doubts and our sadness.
Adoration is the Gethsemane Hour
Jesus began this devotion of the Holy Hour of Reparation, when He entered the Garden of Gethsemane on Mount Olive. He said to His Apostles: “My soul is sorrowful even unto death. Stay here and watch with me.” Later He said to them: “Could you not watch one hour with me? Watch and pray, that you enter not into temptation.” (Matt: 26. 38, 40, 41.)
As Jesus spoke to His Apostles, so He pleads with us to stay and watch and pray with Him. His Sacred Heart is filled with sadness, because so many doubt Him, despise Him, insult Him, ridicule Him, spit upon Him, slap Him, accuse Him, and condemn Him. In the sacrament of His love, so many forget Him. Every mortal sin brings down the terrible scourges on His Sacred Body, presses the sharp thorns into His Sacred Head, and hammers the cruel nails into His Sacred Hands and feet. The ingratitude of mankind continually pierces His Sacred Heart. Our visit to Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament consoles Him for those who do not love Him and wins countless graces for many to be converted to Him.
Why commit to a specific Hour?
When people make commitment to specific hours, we ensure that a number of people ( 3 or 4 if possible) will be present in the Chapel before the Blessed Sacrament every hour it is exposed. It is really necessary for people to commit to a specific hour each week, for example Tuesday at 4 pm. In this way, it is possible to ensure that there are always people present before the exposed Blessed Sacrament. This commitment permits many other people to avail of adoration. If only for at least one hour. Jesus is very important enough to us in our life, that we should set aside at least one hour each week as individual, as a family or even as a group to be in His presence and to keep Him Company. It is simply a matter of putting first things first. “In everything you do, put God first, and He will direct you and crown your efforts with success.” (Proverbs 3: 6)
We need your support
Adoration Chapel at Consolata Shrine is operated with the kind support of the Parish Priest, with the assistance of Parishioners who volunteer their time to organize the activities in the Chapel; as well as to arrange the operations of the First Friday Devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, and the First Saturday Devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. We also have the Community Rosary before the Blessed Sacrament on the first Sunday after the 12pm Mass. We appeal to any of our parishioners who would wish to join our Apostolate to kindly contact the Convenor of Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration or the Coordinator at the Telephone number given below.
You have not left me alone; it is I who refuse a friend.
You have not left me without sympathy; it is I who refuse a friend.
You have not left me comfortless, it is I who refuse Your consolation.
You have not left me destitute; it is I who refuse help.
You have not left me without courage; it is I who refuse encouragement.
‘O Jesus in the Most Holy Sacrament of the Altar, may the whole world burn with love for You!’