The Poor Clares of Perpetual Adoration constitute a part of the Second Order of St. Francis, dedicated especially to adoration of Our Lord Jesus Christ in the Most Blessed Sacrament, solemnly exposed.
“Your vocation is to be a seraph before the throne of God. You have no other work but praising and adoring before His Throne!”
Mother Angelica (Lesson -1989)
Our Order is a religious institute of the cloistered contemplative life, observing Papal enclosure, dedicated especially to adoration of Our Lord Jesus Christ in the Most Blessed Sacrament. We unite the Franciscan form of Gospel living with special dedication to Eucharistic adoration in a spirit of thanksgiving. Our vocation gives witness to all people of the primacy of God, His nearness and His love, for our profession dedicates us wholly to the Lord and His worship.
Adoro Te Devote
O Hidden God, devoutly I adore Thee,
Who truly art within the Forms before me;
To Thee my heart I give with bended knee,
As failing quite in contemplating Thee.
Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament is the HEART of our community and of our lives as adorers. Drawn by love of the Most Holy Sacrament of Christ's Body and Blood, we dedicate our entire lives to Eucharistic adoration.
In the Eucharist Jesus offers perfect worship to the Father; our adoration unites us with Him in His sacrifice of praise. In the name of the Church we extend throughout the day and night the adoration offered at Mass, as a public witness of faith and love, on behalf of all the People of God.
Our Eucharistic adoration hour is a time rich in blessings. Created to behold the Lord face to face, we now worship His Sacramental Presence with deep and reverent faith, and are transformed into God's very image, from glory to glory. This grace enables us to discover Him shining through all things, and to reflect the beauty of His love.
We have Jesus in the Most Blessed Sacrament, truly present, though hidden.
For in His Divine brightness our eyes would not be able to endure the splendor and glory of His Majesty!
Because of our weakness, He hides Himself under the Sacrament.
We truly love and adore Him whom the angels adore in Heaven;
but we as yet in faith, they by sight, and without a veil.
Eucharistic adoration in a spirit of thanksgiving was the special inspiration given to Mother Marie Claire, who was moved by the Gospel story of the ungrateful lepers to establish the ideal of perpetual thanksgiving in our Order. Faithful to this gift from our Foundress, we continually offer grateful praise as we rejoice in the Lord's Eucharistic Presence.
Place your mind before the mirror of eternity! Place your soul in the splendor of glory! Place your heart in the figure of the divine substance! And transform your whole being into the image of the Godhead itself through contemplation! So that you too may feel what His friends feel as they taste the hidden sweetness which God Himself has reserved from the beginning for those who love Him.
-- Holy Mother Clare to St. Agnes
The call to a life of contemplation is a precious gift of the Holy Spirit to us and to the Church. This call to taste the hidden sweetness which God reserves for those who love Him, draws us deeply into the mystery of Jesus and His redeeming work.