At my parish we are preparing for Perpetual Adoration.
We are preparing for it by prayer, Mass, and catechesis. Establishing an adoration chapel is a good thing. I see it as a means to revive devotion to the Blessed Sacrament and to make reparation for sin, and so on. I think my pastor also sees it as a source for vocations. It's a wonderful thing, a holy and sacred work. Some of us at the parish have desired this for many years, and now it may become a reality.
Is this the best way to promote devotion to the Blessed Sacrament and restore faith in the Real Presence?
Because I think that is some of the motivation behind the initiative. It seems to me there can be another, more practical approach taken before establishing a separate adoration chapel. I think it is more necessary to restore the tabernacle to the center of the sanctuary. We have a box off to the side - the interior falling apart, and in summer, the hosts sometimes become soft, due to humidity. The box is on a shelf, and did I mention - off to the side, not very visible. We desperately need a new tabernacle and it needs to be central in the church. Devotion to the Blessed Sacrament needs to be rehabilitated to simple devotion to the Eucharist reserved in the tabernacles.
I think it needs to start and be affirmed in connection with the Mass - the Eucharistic celebration, the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. The source and summit of our faith. First things first - then a special adoration chapel - if needed.
When I was younger, we used to kneel whenever the priest went to the tabernacle and opened it, outside of Mass.
We also genuflected whenever we walked in front of the tabernacle attached to the altar reredos. There was no disconnect from the Mass when the tabernacle was central and devotion clearly linked to the altar of sacrifice.
It seems to me devotion to the Blessed Sacrament and adoration can be jump started with 40 Hours Devotion, along with periods of silent adoration after feast day and Sunday Masses, concluding in solemn benediction. As it stands, when parishes have a day set aside for adoration, the Blessed Sacrament is exposed on the altar of sacrifice - which seems to me most appropriate, since the devotion is thereby an obvious extension of the Mass. Frequently lay people recite the prayers of Benediction at the closing, and repose the Blessed Sacrament in the tabernacle. Sometimes awkwardly. I think that's a problem, especially since solemn benediction seems to have become rare. Likewise, I've seen some carelessness when reposing the Blessed Sacrament.
I love perpetual adoration, I'm just not sure it is always the ideal first step for a parish. Especially when the Blessed Sacrament in the tabernacle is more or less ignored. I'm sure people will disagree with me, but reverence for the Blessed Sacrament needs to begin at the foot of the altar, before the tabernacle, at Mass, and at Communion time - and after - especially in a silent period of thanksgiving. As I stated, exposition and Solemn Benediction would be an excellent way to increase devotion and restore true devotion.
I may be wrong.