SACO---It had been opened 24 hours a day, seven days a week to offer a place for prayerful, silent reflection and to host perpetual adoration of the Eucharist, a continuous prayer before Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament.
The COVID-19 pandemic forced a temporary suspension of the activity at the Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration Chapel in Saco, but not the adoration itself.
“We’re grateful for all of the adorers who have continued to pray regularly throughout the coronavirus pandemic,” said Lucille Simard, a leader at the chapel. “To borrow from recent language, some may think of it as ‘distance’ praying, but Jesus does not. Even though we have been physically away from our chapel building, Jesus is still holding us and our prayers close in his heart.”
Adorers commit to as little as one hour a week to keep the 24/7 adoration going at the chapel, which is located in the convent adjacent to the former Notre Dame de Lourdes Church at 27 Thornton Avenue.
“Some adorers have talked about praying the actual hour that they were scheduled, even during the middle of the night,” said Virginia Calvo, another chapel leader. “It was very comforting to see the full parking lot at St. Philip Church in Lyman both times an outdoor adoration hour was held.”
Naturally, many adorers are looking for the chapel to reopen quickly.
“It may take a little longer as there are protocols to follow and we must be sure everyone will be safe. We are also assessing our population, making sure we know who is still able to commit to their hour each week,” said Simard.
The chapel is encouraging anyone who would like to start adoration on a regular weekly basis to reach out in an effort to ensure the schedule remains filled.
“For a while, ‘drop-ins’ may have to be discouraged so that we comply with ‘social distancing’ rules,” said Steven Plante, a chapel leader. “We pray that we will be back to our 24/7 chapel on a regular schedule soon.”
For help scheduling an hour of adoration, please call Priscilla at (207) 710-1913 or Lucille at (207) 284-7627.