A new Christendom tradition returned this past Friday night: Laudumus Te First Friday Adoration, put on jointly by the college chaplaincy, the Student Activities Council, and Residence Life. While all-night adoration, and First Friday adoration in particular, have been a staple at Christendom for over 35 years, Laudumus Te is a new initiative begun last fall as a way of bringing the entire student body, faculty, and staff together in worshipping the Lord in the Blessed Sacrament.
“This is a true, community event that brings out over 200 people every time it’s held,” says director of student activities Caitlin Bowers. “We come together, we worship, and then we have a social event afterwards to really keep the spirit going. Having something so spiritual, so communal on campus is important, and really brings focus back to why we’re all here — to restore all things in Christ.”
More than half of the student body joined Christendom faculty and staff at Christ the King Chapel on Friday, February 6, packing the Church and kicking off first Friday all-night adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. After the first hour of adoration, a social was held in St. Kilian’s Café, where the entire Christendom community gathered for refreshments and to hear from visiting priest, Rev. James Searby, parochial vicar at St. Charles Borromeo Church in Arlington, VA, who spoke on the importance of failure on the path to success.