Washington D.C., May 28, 2021 / 11:19 am
As a basilica in Baltimore celebrates its 200th anniversary this weekend, its rector says one celebration will stand above the rest – the beginning of perpetual Eucharistic adoration in the city.
“I think the focus has to be on the adoration,” Fr. James Boric, rector of the National Shrine of the Basilica of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Baltimore, told CNA on Friday.
“Everything else is an event,” he said of a year of planned bicentennial celebrations at the basilica that begin on Monday, adding that Eucharistic adoration “is what we all need. We need to be in front of our Lord.” Perpetual adoration at the basilica will begin on Monday, May 31.
While possessing a storied history, the basilica “needs to be a beacon of faith now,” he said. “What I like a lot is that we can use the historical significance of this great church to have an impact on souls now.”