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We are trying to revive the practice of Perpetual Adoration in our congregation. Previously (1882-1986), when there was a change of adorers the incoming adorer would say “Praised and adored be without end” and the outgoing adorer would respond “the Most Blessed Sacrament”. I wanted to bring back this exchange but was told my leadership it was inaccurate because the adoration of the Blessed Sacrament will come to an end. Were my sisters of days past wrong in using that phrase?

No, they were not wrong.

That phrase is a translation of the Latin antiphon sung for centuries in honor of the Blessed Sacrament: Adoremus in aeternum

Adoremus - Aeternum - Sacramentum

Adoremus in aeternum sanctissimum Sacramentum.

— Laudate Dominum omnes gentes: laudate eum omnes populi.

Quoniam - Confirmata - Misericordia

— Quoniam confirmata est super nos misericordia ejus:

et veritas Domini manet in aeternum.

Semper - Et - Saecula - Sæculorum - Amen

et nunc et semper, et in saecula sæculorum. Amen.

Adoremus in aeternum sanctissimum Sacramentum.

Eternity - Most - Holy - Sacrament

Let us adore unto eternity the Most Holy Sacrament.

–Praise the Lord, all ye nations: praise Him all ye peoples.


–Because his mercy is confirmed upon us:

and the truth of the Lord remains forever.

Glory - Father - Son - Holy - Ghost

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost:

As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

Eternity - Most - Holy - Sacrament

Let us adore unto eternity the Most Holy Sacrament.

This is a good, traditional prayer, helpful for our minds and hearts. Only the pedantic cannot see its beauty and propriety.

Question - Questions

The question does bring up other questions, however.

Will there be sacraments in heaven?

Sense - Sacraments - Nature - Signs - Realities

Not in any earthly sense, no. Sacraments, by their nature, use outward signs to convey supernatural realities. For example, the water poured in baptism symbolizes the cleansing of the soul and the passing through death to the “old man” and into the “new”, rising in new life in Christ. The water is the sensible symbol used. Only the Blessed Sacrament...
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