Welcome to Where God Dwells!
Thank you for being with Jesus here! We offer you the below prayer book to help you pray. These prayers are just to get you started, but remember prayer is always more listening than it is talking. So pray these prayers slowly from your heart, but then BE STILL and LISTEN and know that you are in the presence of Jesus Christ our Lord and God! He is right here; let Him hold you; and be still - listen to His heartbeat!
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"Be still and know that I am God!"
Explanation of Widows in Adoration Chapel
The windows were custom-built for us by the Robert McCausland Limited Company in Toronto. They are based on the book of Revelation and the scene is heaven where all the angels and saints are worshiping God forever. This is to remind us that when we are in the chapel we are never alone when we are worshiping God. We are part of the communion of saints and they worship God now and forever in heaven, and when we worship we join them! The saints that we put into our windows have to do with our parish and its mission.
Right now all the angels and saints fall down on their faces in adoration of the God of the whole universe, who humbles Himself before us. The saints see the face of God, and they make intercession for us and with us. In Hebrews 12:1, the author tells us: "Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us." They have already won the race, and they are praying for us to join them; may it one day be so! But for now we can join them in prayer and adoration; we are never alone!
The following prayers and reflections are an explanation of the Saints portrayed in these windows and their words to encourage us to follow Jesus Christ with all our heart, mind, soul and strength!
PRAYING WITH THE SAINTS IN THE CHAPEL WINDOWS
Ecclesia de Eucharistia
Pope St. John Paul II the Great
"The worship of the Eucharist outside of the Mass is of inestimable value for the life of the Church." This worship is strictly linked to the celebration of the Eucharistic Sacrifice. The presence of Christ under the sacred species reserved after Mass - a presence which lasts as long as the species of bread and of wine remain - derives from the celebration of the sacrifice and is directed towards communion, both sacramental and spiritual. It is the responsibility of Pastors to encourage, also by their personal witness, the practice of Eucharistic adoration, and exposition of the Blessed Sacrament in particular, as well as prayer of adoration before Christ present under the Eucharistic species.
It is pleasant to spend time with him, to lie close to his breast like the Beloved Disciple (cf. Jn 13:25) and to feel the infinite love present in his heart. If in our time Christians must be distinguished above all by the "art of prayer", how can we not feel a renewed need to spend time in spiritual converse, in silent adoration, in heartfelt love before Christ present in the Most Holy Sacrament? How often, dear brother and sisters, have I experienced this, and drawn from it strength, consolation and support!
This practice, repeatedly praised and recommended by the Magisterium, is supported by the example of many saints. Particularly outstanding in this regard was Saint Alphonsus Liguori, who wrote: "Of all devotions, that of adoring Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament is the greatest after the sacraments, the one dearest to God and the one most helpful to us." The Eucharist is a priceless treasure: by not only celebrating it but also by praying before it outside of Mass we are enabled to make contact with the very wellspring of grace. A Christian community desirous of contemplating the face of Christ in the spirit ... cannot fail also to develop this aspect of Eucharistic worship, which prolongs and increases the fruits of our communion in the body and blood of the Lord."
- paragraph 25