SINGAPORE – Jun 14, 2009 was the seventh anniversary of the establishment of the Perpetual Adoration Chapel at the Catholic Spirituality Centre (CSC) – an initiative of Archbishop Nicholas Chia, soon after his ordination to the Episcopate.
“The Holy Eucharist holds a central place in the life of all Catholics... it contains the Church’s entire spiritual wealth, Christ Himself,” said Archbishop Chia.
The institution of the chapel underscores the Church’s desire for the faithful to reverence the Lord by making it possible for them to spend time before the Blessed Sacrament at any time of the day or night. Nowhere else in Singapore is this facility available, as churches that do expose the Blessed Sacrament, do so only for specific hours daily.
As part of its anniversary commemoration, a 24-hour vigil organised by CSC was held at the chapel from Saturday Jun 13 to Sunday Jun 14. This was attended by some 400 faithful, who spent an average of two hours each keeping the Lord company. The celebrations concluded with a Mass presided by Archbishop Chia.
In his homily, Archbishop Chia urged the faithful to “reach out to the Lord in love and gratitude, and not to take His availability for granted”. He highlighted why the Eucharist should be the centre of our spiritual life, and exhorted Catholics to take time to keep company with the Lord.
“The Lord makes Himself available to us daily at the Sacrifice of the Mass,” he said. “He is present in the tabernacle to reach out to heal us, to nourish and strengthen us, and to transform us into His likeness, so that we can reflect Him to others. Frequent communion with the proper disposition will strengthen us spiritually. Visits to the Blessed Sacrament will keep us in touch with the Lord.”
Indeed, those who avail themselves of the Eucharistic Lord all speak of the deep peace that flows from simply being in His presence, and of the joy that exudes from this intimacy with Him.
Simon Tan, a regular visitor to the chapel, says, “I feet a great joy sitting in the Lord’s presence. I don’t converse much but silently adore the Lord.”
Henry Hoo, another regular visitor echoes this experience: “I could come just as I am, and be just as I am… it is through the silence of my heart that I encounter Him in the most intimate ways.”
For Ann Yeong, visiting the Adoration Chapel is like ‘coming home’: “This is where I can simply be at rest in mind, heart and spirit. Sometimes I just gaze upon Him and feel the Lord gazing right back at me.”
The chapel is located within the grounds of the CSC at 1261 Upper Serangoon Road (directly opposite the Church of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary). Within walking distance from the Hougang MRT station, it is also accessible by SBS bus service numbers 62, 74, 113 and 147.