101 Days of Perpetual Adoration concludes on January 1, 2012

By Alison Rebello

Leicester: By virtue of the length of time it might seem unreal, but a 101-day perpetual adoration is slowly but steadily gaining momentum at the Mother of God Church here.  The perpetual adoration of the Blessed Sacrament began with a Holy Mass celebrated by His Excellency Bishop George Njarlakatt (Diocese of Mandya in Karnataka) on September 23, 2011 and will conclude on January 1, 2012.

The 24 hour adoration continues at the Presbytery with dedicated teams praying, contemplating and paying obeisance on a daily basis. While many Malayalees are making an effort to be part of this divine fellowship, a sizeable number of English parishioners are also leading the pack, informed Organizer and Parish Priest Fr Paul Nellikulam.

“Now in its third year, it all began in 2009 with just 50 days of adoration. In 2010 it went on for 100 days but was held in many churches and concluded with a weeklong adoration to mark the silver jubilee celebration of Jesus Youth. And this year we have had the support of Peter Boben a lay missionary from Divine Retreat Centre for the first 45 days who made all arrangements for the smooth conduct of this adoration. Currently it is being supervised by Victor of the Jesus Youth group from Cardiff,” Fr Paul added.  People from London and other places within the UK are coming to pray and seek blessings and this is being fully supported by members of Jesus Youth.

While shunning any form of publicity for this devotional service Fr Paul said “the idea was simply to give people some time to reflect upon their life and sanctify themselves by moving closer to God.” With over 400 Malayalee families in Leicester alone there is a dearth of people visiting church as they have all the necessities and luxuries in life which has made them complacent about the need for spiritual nourishment. So this adoration is a way of integrating the three elements of God, Family and Relationship with one another and bringing back more and more people into the mainstream faith.

Fr Paul feels that this sanctification process will give  a new  lease of life  to  many  people in   challenging circumstances in their personal and family life and also  prepare them  to  take a lead  role in evangelization.

When asked, Fr Paul resisted the fact that there could be similar plans to organise perpetual adoration nationwide. He made it clear saying “it is not for me to comment on such a grand scale but it will certainly be a good idea if more priests could rise to the challenge and organise it in different places.”

This perpetual adoration will conclude with a concelebrated Holy Mass led by Fr Soji Olickal on Jan 1, 2012 at 3pm. For anyone who wants to join them please contact Mother of God RC Church (Nottingham Diocese) Greencoat Road, Leicester, LE3 6NZ or ring 0116 287 5232 for more information.