40 Hours with Jesus Christ

 

SPECIAL EVENTS

The Capuchin Poor Clare sisters from Our Lady of Light Monastery invite you to the adoration of the Blessed Sacrament.

Dear Brothers, Peace

We would like to invite you to join us in 40 hours of adoration

At the Oratory of Saint Patricks Church,

3325 Pecos Street

Denver, CO

40 Hour Adoration in preparation for Lent begins today with Mass at 12 noon followed by the solemn exposition of the Blessed Sacrament. If you would like to take a turn of adoration please call at 303-458-6339.

40 Hours with Jesus Christ

BY FR. WILLIAM SAUNDERS

The Forty Hours Devotion is a special forty-hour period of continuous prayer made before the Blessed Sacrament in solemn exposition.

 

The Forty Hours Devotion is a special forty-hour period of continuous prayer made before the Blessed Sacrament in solemn exposition. Of course, the focus of this devotion is on the Holy Eucharist. As Catholics, the words of our Lord burn in our hearts: “I myself am the living bread come down from Heaven. If anyone eats this bread, He shall live forever; the bread I will give is my flesh for the life of the world” (John 6:51).

Affirming our belief in the real presence of our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament, the Vatican Council II taught that the Holy Eucharist is “the source and summit of the Christian life” (Lumen Gentium, #11). While the Mass is the central act of worship for us Catholics, an act which participates in the eternal reality of our Lord’s passion, death, and resurrection, Vatican Council II upheld and encouraged the adoration of the Blessed Sacrament outside of Mass. Of course such devotion derives from the sacrifice of the Mass and moves the faithful to both sacramental and spiritual communion with our Lord (Eucharisticum Mysterium, #50). As Pope Pius XII taught in Mediator Dei, “This practice of adoration has a valid and firm foundation.” Our Holy Father, Pope John Paul II has repeatedly “highly recommended” public and private devotion of the Blessed Sacrament, including processions on the Feast of Corpus Christi and the 40 Hours Devotion (cf. Dominicae Cenae, #3, and Inaestimabile Donum, #20-22).

Second, 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.

 

Sr. Teresa

About Sr. Teresa

I am a Capuchin poor Clare sister since 1983.