The Lumen Christi Eucharistic Adoration Chapel was blessed and opened for use by Bishop J. Kevin Boland on October 12, 2007.
Lumen Christi is Latin for "light of Christ." The name is especially appropriate for the new chapel, given its purpose. By providing a place for perpetual adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, it brings all those who visit into the Lord's illuminating presence. The name is apt for another reason as well: The interior of the chapel glows. The magnificent new monstrance, the artwork adorning the walls, and all the colors and furnishings were carefully crafted and chosen to capture, reflect and enhance the room's numerous sources of natural and artificial light.
More than 150 square feet of artistic glasswork are included in the skylight and three stained glass windows. These, along with three mosaics on the opposite wall, were designed and painted by local artist James Langley, then cut, welded and assembled by local artisan Carl Fougerousse. The windows represent scenes from the Lord's passion and resurrection, while the mosaics depict scenes from the life of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
Byron Stephens was the designing architect, assisted by Ed and Camille Krolikowski. Tony Phillips served as contractor for the project. Father Mark Ross, pastor, devoted many hours overseeing the long process of the new chapel's creation. He was also instrumental some years ago in the establishment of a perpetual adoration chapel at the Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist.
"We see this not as a beginning," Father Ross noted, "but as a continuation of the perpetual adoration that has gone on at the Cathedral." The Cathedral adoration chapel will remain open for limited hours each week, with both chapels drawing adorers from throughout Savannah deanery. All who come to adore will benefit from the bishop's final blessing of the evening. He prayed that God will give them "a constant deepening in faith and in grace," and "a more fruitful sharing in the memorial of our redemption."
What is Eucharistic Adoration?
"Could you not watch one hour with Me?" The words of Christ to His apostles in the Garden of Gethsemane are asked of us again today. Could we not spend time in prayer with Jesus, who is present to us in the Blessed Sacrament? In response to this invitation, St. James Church has made a commitment to Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration of Our Lord, exposed on the altar is a monstrance 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
At every Mass, the saving death of Christ, the sacrifice of the Cross, is made present again in a sacramental way. Jesus becomes truly present on the altar at the consecration, as ordinary bread and wine are changed into the Body and Blood of Christ. The priest offers Jesus once again to the Father, as the perfect sacrifice in atonement for our sins. The Eucharist is the greatest gift that Jesus gives to His Church. It is the gift of Himself - Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity - hidden under the appearance of bread and wine. It is nourishment for our souls, for the world.
Eucharistic Adoration is a continuation in a personal way of the communal worship of the Mass. Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament is an opportunity to come before Jesus physically present in the consecrated Host. Perpetual Adoration is an act of faith in this presence, an act of love for the God who loved us even unto death on a cross. It is sitting before our Lord as the early disciples did, to listen to Him, to learn His will for us, to allow our hearts to be transformed. It is gazing upon Him in whose image we were made. It is consoling the Heart of Jesus, wounded by our indifference and sin. It is placing ourselves and our loved ones before the radiance of His peaceful gaze to experience His healing, strengthening presence.
Jesus says to us in the Bible, "I am the vine and you are the branches. Whoever abides in Me and I in him shall bear much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing." (John 15:5) Jesus also bids us "Come to Me all of you all of you who are weary and find life burdensome, and I will refresh you." (Mt. 11:28) Our Lord will bless each of us, our families, our parish, and the whole world for the time we spend with Him in faith. He will console and encourage us, strengthen and heal us, inspire and guide us. Jesus explained to St. Faustina Kowalska that each person coming before Him in Adoration of The Blessed Sacrament represents all humanity, and that every person on earth experiences a new effect of His goodness, grace, love, and mercy for each Holy Hour made in His presence.
An hour spent in the presence of Jesus, praying directly before Him, is truly a Holy Hour. It is a powerful means for advancing along the road to holiness. As Mother Teresa said, "the time you spend with Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament is the best time you will spend on earth. Each moment that you spend with Jesus will deepen your union with Him and make your soul everlastingly more glorious and beautiful in Heaven, and will bring about everlasting peace on earth."
LUMEN CHRISTI CHAPEL ORIENTATION
1. Any interested person can call the church office at 912-355-1523. 2. The secretary will obtain the person's full name, parish affiliation, contact number, and additional information as specific day and/or time as well as need for a Spanish coordinator. 3. The secretary will refer the call to any available English or Spanish Coordinator. 4. The designated coordinator will then call the interested person and answer any inquiries including an orientation. A date and time for an orientation will be agreed between them. 5. The orientation will be based on the information form which will then be given to the newly committed adorer with the combination lock numbers. 6. The coordinator will write the new adorer's name and telephone number, the committed day and hour on the schedule. This same information will be provided to the secretary to update the computerized schedule and adorer roster. The coordinator will continue to be the resource for the adorer.
However, you are welcome to come before Jesus in the Lumen Christi Chapel at any time without committing to a particular hour or day. The adoration chapel is stocked with reading material, prayer books and rosary beads.