JS: Volunteers pray round-the-clock for 30 years straight
While you're snug in bed, there's someone praying at the Perpetual Adoration Chapel at St. Mary's Visitation Parish in Elm Grove.continue at JS
When the weather is cold and snowy, there's someone at the chapel. When terrifying world events paralyze us with shock, there's someone praying harder still.
Even during Packers games, a volunteer sits quietly in the presence of the consecrated host, the Blessed Sacrament, the very presence of Jesus, as Catholics believe.
As of Wednesday, the adoration has been going on for 30 years, 24 hours every day, a marvel of round-the-clock commitment and coordination. The church is celebrating with three special Masses this week.
"Over 260,000 hours for the past 30 years, there's been someone there praying, for their own needs and parish needs and the world," St. Mary's pastor, Rev. Peter Berger, told me when I visited the parish this week. "Some people pray rosaries. Some bring a spiritual book they want to read. Some people just sit and think and pray."
Bottom line: "There always needs to be at least one person in there. Always," Berger said.