40 Hours Devotion

On Thursday, December 6 we begin our 40 Days Devotion in preparation for our parish patronal feast, the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary on December 8. The Eucharist will be exposed on the altar beginning after the 12:10 pm Mass on December 6 for Adoration continuously until Saturday, December 8 at 8:30 am. Sign-up sheets to participate are available at the back of the church. At least two people need to be present at every hour.

 

About the Forty Hours

The Forty Hours Devotion is 40 hours of prayer before the exposed Blessed Sacrament, where we come face-to-face with Our Lord. This devotion is also widely known as Forty Hours Prayer and Forty Hours Adoration. The selection of 40 as the number of hours the faithful pray and the Blessed Sacrament is exposed outside the tabernacle is likely because that was the number of hours Jesus spent in the tomb between His death and resurrection. The number 40 is found repeatedly throughout the Old and New Testaments, including: the number of days Jesus fasted and was tempted in the wilderness, the days of rain causing the great flood during Noah’s time, and the years of journey the Israelites wandered in the desert. For over 500 years one of the most beautiful of all Catholic devotions has been the one known as Quarant Ore, or Forty Hours. The Blessed Sacrament is solemnly exposed for 40 hours outside the tabernacle and continuously adored by the faithful.

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