The perpetual devotion of the Benedictines

The Benedictine Nuns of Perpetual Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament are cloistered nuns dedicated to uninterrupted Eucharistic adoration, which involves endless activity day and night.
Their activity aims to makes reparations and atone for sin, through the “Ora et Labora” (Pray and Work) rule of the monastic order prescribed in ancient times by St. Benedict.
This form of worship originated in France during the adolescence of Louis XIV. Sovereign Anne, Queen of France and Louis’ mother asked a nun who was dear to her to pray to protect her son, whose life was threatened by the Fronde.
The practice of devotion supported by French royalty was later imported to Sicily by the Archbishop Giuseppe Francica-Nava de Bontifè for personal reasons in the second half of the 19th century.