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40-Hours Devotion!

Come join us for 40 hours of continuous adoration to welcome this Advent season, combat evil in our country and world, celebrate the Eucharist, and seek spiritual growth for ourselves and our community.

 Please sign up HERE to spend one or multiple hours with Jesus. 

What is the Forty Hours Devotion?

The Forty Hours Devotion is an opportunity to gather as a community before the Blessed Sacrament and to pray before the Lord in solemn adoration. It gives us time to deepen our appreciation of the importance of the mystery of the Eucharist in our lives.  Traditionally it begins with a celebration of Mass. At the end of this opening Mass, the Blessed Sacrament is exposed, and over a period of a few days, the faithful are given the opportunity to assemble in prayer before the exposed Blessed Sacrament. The form of prayer to be prayed can be done in diverse ways. The Forty Hours Devotion customarily ends with the celebration of Mass.

 

Why are we encouraging the Forty Hours Devotion now?

The USCCB has called the church in America to a time of eucharistic renewal – the National Eucharistic Revival. This is a three year revival intended to develop and deepen our appreciation of the Eucharist. The primary setting for the promotion of a life centered in the Eucharist is, of course, the celebration of Mass, but the church also offers other means of deepening a eucharistic-centered faith. One such practice is adoration where we gather to pray before the Lord in his Blessed Sacrament, exposed in the monstrance or in the tabernacle. In the Sacred Host, consecrated during Holy Mass, Jesus is truly, really, and substantially present – Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity.  The Forty Hours Devotion gives us the opportunity to come as a community to pray before the Lord in solemn adoration. The church recommends such solemn adoration at least once a year for each parish.

 

What is the history of the Forty Hours Devotion?

The Forty Hours Devotion was established in 16th century Europe during times of great tribulation in the Church and world. In addition to nurturing love for our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament, three special dimensions surrounded the devotion: the protection from evil and temptation; reparation for our own sins and for the Poor Souls in Purgatory; and deliverance from political, material, and spiritual calamities. The devotion was made popular in the United States by St. John Henry Newman in the 19th century.

 

The number forty has always signified a sacred period of time: the rains during the time of Noah lasted 40 days and nights; the Jews wandered through the desert for 40 years, our Lord fasted and prayed for 40 days before beginning His public ministry. The 40 Hours Devotion remembers that traditional “forty-hour period” from our Lord’s burial until the resurrection. Actually, in the Middle Ages, the Blessed Sacrament was transferred to the repository, “the Easter Sepulcher,” for this period of time to signify our Lord’s time in the tomb.

 

A Note on Security:

The church will remain locked outside normal business hours (9 am – 4 pm). A volunteer will be stationed at the side door to allow entrance and provide security at other times.

 

*Content adapted from: https://catholicstraightanswers.com/what-is-the-40-hours-devotion/