This acclamation Let us adore forever the Most Blessed Sacrament, frequently on the lips of the PCPA, turns her heart and mind to the source and summit of her life and vocation – Jesus in the Holy Eucharist. The Mass, offered daily at 7 a.m. is the heart of our monastic life, and perpetual adoration of the Blessed Sacrament is likewise, the lifeblood of the community. The whole of the nun’s life tends toward prayer – the encounter with God and the journey of spousal discipleship with Him. The silence of the cloister, the rhythm of the liturgy of the hours and the unceasing vigil of adoration, all foster and engender our ‘abiding in God (Jn 15).’ This life of prayer, offered with and in Christ, thus benefits the whole Church and the entire world as it finds its roots and fulfillment in the redemption of Christ.
‘To the gift of Christ the Bridegroom, who on the Cross offered his body unreservedly, the nun responds in like terms… offering herself with Jesus Christ to the Father and cooperating with him in the work of redemption. Separation from the world thus gives a Eucharistic quality to the whole of cloistered life, since ‘besides its elements of sacrifice and expiation, [it assumes] the aspect of thanksgiving to the Father, by sharing in the thanksgiving of the beloved Son.’ ~ Verbi Sponsa
The Order of the Poor Clares of Perpetual Adoration are privileged to have Solemn Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament. Our adoration choir is within the main Chapel of the Shrine where we sustain a continuous vigil of adoration. Each Sister has an assigned hour each day, and a few nocturnal hour slots during the week. She is able to spend this time in personal prayer with the Lord and intercede for the needs of others. The Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament is open daily, and all are welcome to the public chapel to pray in Jesus’ Eucharistic Presence. As the Sisters change places at the beginning and end of their adoration time, we chant Our Lady’s Magnificat, joining her in her prayer of thanksgiving, following a tradition begun by our foundress, Mother Marie Ste. Claire. After the Magnificat, a prayer to Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament is read aloud, and silent prayer follows for the remainder of the hour.
The Liturgy of the Hours
The Liturgy of the Hours hold a primary place in our life of prayer and horarium. All of the hours of the Office are prayed together publicly and in common. The Apostolic Constitution on the Divine Office states: the Liturgy of the Hours is the means of sanctifying the day. By being immersed in the Church’s Liturgy in this way, we are joined with all of the mystical Body of Christ in praise and petition, in prayer with Christ and to Christ. The excellence of Christian prayer lies in this, that it shares in the very love of the only-begotten Son for the Father and in that prayer which the Son put into words in his earthly life and which still continues unceasingly in the name of the whole human race and for its salvation, throughout the universal Church and in all its members. – from the General Instruction of Liturgy of the Hours
Of all the spiritual reading available, Sacred Scripture remains the chief ‘food’ for the Franciscan life of prayer. As our Holy Father Francis received the call to follow Christ through the Gospels, so too, we seek to encounter the Living God through meditating daily on His Word. Our Holy Mother Clare in her rule gives us our form of life: The form of life of the Poor Sisters which the Blessed Francis established, is this: to observe the Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ, by living in obedience, without anything of ones own, and in chastity.
Devotion to Our Lady
The Mother of God is deeply loved and venerated by the Franciscan family, especially under her title the“Immaculate Conception.” Each day after chanting Midday Prayer we pray a community rosary, chiefly for our living and deceased benefactors, Mother Angelica’s intentions and the needs of EWTN. Our Lady of the Angels Monastery takes its name from the beloved Portiuncula “St. Mary of the Angels” which our Holy Father Francis rebuilt and where he died. His love for Our Blessed Mother has faithfully been passed on through the centuries and continues to renew our devotion to the Mother of God today.
“Hail, O Lady, holy Queen, Mary, holy Mother of God: you are the virgin made church and the one chosen by the most holy Father in heaven whom He consecrated with His most holy beloved Son and with the Holy Spirit the Paraclete, in whom there was and is all the fullness of grace and every good.
Hail, His Palace!
Hail, His Tabernacle!
Hail, His Home!
Hail, His Robe!
Hail, His Servant!
Hail, His Mother!
And, [hail] all you holy virtues which through the grace and light of the Holy Spirit are poured into the hearts of the faithful so that from their faithless state that you may make them faithful to God.” – Our Holy Father Francis