On May 31, 2021–the 200th Anniversary of the dedication of the Basilica of the Assumption–America’s First Catholic Cathedral–we dedicated and opened the Pope Saint John Paul II Eucharistic Adoration Chapel for perpetual adoration.
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The altar, by its design and detail including the retabla and tabernacle, was installed to reflect the heritage of the two Basilica apse altars (St. Michael the Archangel and St. James the Less).
The kneeler, which contains a first-class relic of Pope Saint John Paul II, was used by the Holy Father during his 1995 visit to the Basilica.
Also on display is:
A Spanish-made tabernacle with a built-in luna (which safely holds and displays the Sacred Host) is the jewel of the Adoration Chapel. On the outside door of the tabernacle is a custom-made enamel painting depicting Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament. Engraved in the base of of the tabernacle is Pope Saint John Paul II’s papal motto, TOTUS TUUS (All Yours).