Perpetual adoration returns to Boston after 40-year absence

BOSTON (CNS) — New billboards featuring the Eucharist displayed in a monstrance aim to get the word out about the return of perpetual adoration to Boston after a 40-year absence. The two giant signboards tower over the streets in two Boston communities, Brighton and East Boston. The words under the image read “The Son’s rays for your soul.”

Cardinal Sean P. O’Malley of Boston was scheduled to celebrate Mass at St. Clement Eucharistic Shrine Aug. 15, the solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, to mark the start of adoration. From then on, the Eucharist will be exposed in a monstrance all day, every day, apart from regularly scheduled Mass times. Currently, the shrine offers adoration six hours or more daily.

Tim Van Damm, coordinator of the effort, said the grace at the already vibrant St. Clement community will be multiplied. “Anytime the Lord is present 24 hours a day, seven days a week, people are changed,” he said. “This is a way to build spiritually and bring people together in prayer.”

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