Year For Priestly Vocations
You are invited
to attend our Holy Hour Adoration
in the Church on the
2nd and 4th Weeks of the Month:
Wednesdays at 12:45 pm
Fridays at 7:15 pm
The Holy Hour Adoration has three goals: (1) to strengthen our prayer life, (2) to upgrade our standard of Christian living and (3) to strengthen us to spread the Good News.
This is an opportunity for us to deepen our awareness and appreciation of this great saving gift. We will begin with Evening Prayer from the Divine Office and then have an opportunity for quiet time before the Blessed Sacrament.
Our Holy Father reminds us of the significance of time before the Blessed Sacrament in his Encyclical ECCLESIA DE EUCHARISTIA (n 25):
The worship of the Eucharist outside of the Mass is of inestimable value for the life of the Church. … It is pleasant to spend time with him, to lie close to his breast like the Beloved Disciple (cf. Jn 13:25) and to feel the infinite love present in his heart. If in our time Christians must be distinguished above all by the “art of prayer”, how can we not feel a renewed need to spend time in spiritual converse, in silent adoration, in heartfelt love before Christ present in the Most Holy Sacrament? How often, dear brother and sisters, have I experienced this, and drawn from it strength, consolation and support!
This practice, repeatedly praised and recommended by the Magisterium, is supported by the example of many saints. Particularly outstanding in this regard was Saint Alphonsus Liguori, who wrote: “Of all devotions, that of adoring Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament is the greatest after the sacraments, the one dearest to God and the one most helpful to us”. The Eucharist is a priceless treasure: by not only celebrating it but also by praying before it outside of Mass we are enabled to make contact with the very wellspring of grace. A Christian community desirous of contemplating the face of Christ … cannot fail also to develop this aspect of Eucharistic worship, which prolongs and increases the fruits of our communion in the body and blood of the Lord.
Join us before the Blessed Sacrament as we answer the Lord’s invitation to “watch and pray.”