I hope you are having a good week. As a reminder, we begin forty hours of Eucharistic Adoration in the main church this Friday at Saint Timothy’s. As explained before, we will have times for quiet prayer, speakers, guided prayer, music, confessions, and a closing Mass during this special opportunity during Lent to spend time with the Lord.
Here is a preview of what will happen on Friday evening.
7:00 P.M. – Stations of the Cross.
This is not formally part of our Forty Hours Devotion and will be the usual Stations of the Cross. However, you may want to consider attending this evening in a special way and staying for the 7:30 PM presentation and opening exposition and homily by Monsignor Callaghan.
7:30 P.M. – Presentation by Mr. Andrew Lang, Headmaster of Holy Spirit Academy.
Throughout the Forty Hours Devotion, we will be praying the “Divine Office” or “Liturgy of the Hours”. These are the times marked on your schedule as “Office of Readings”, “Morning Prayer”, “Daytime Prayer”, “Evening Prayer”, or “Night Prayer”. Mr. Lang will speak to us about the breviary or the Divine Office as an introduction to the weekend and these special opportunities for prayer. These prayers are required for the clergy and others to pray but are also encouraged for the laity to pray as well. Hear about this great way to grow in your prayer life and pray with the Psalms and Scripture with the Church around the world, not just during the Forty Hours devotion but throughout the rest of the year as well. This should be a helpful presentation for those who know nothing about the Liturgy of the Hours as well as those who are already familiar with it and pray them. Come join us for this presentation at 7:30 PM in the church.
8:00 P.M. – Formal Opening of our Forty Hours Devotion with Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and Homily by Monsignor Aloysisus Callaghan.
At 8:00 P.M, we will bring the Eucharist from the adoration chapel into the main church and will begin our forty hours of adoration as a parish. After incensing the Blessed Sacrament and a Gospel reading, Monsignor Callaghan will preach a homily on the Eucharist and adoration. The rest of the hour will be dedicated to silent prayer. You can, of course, come and go as you please and are able. Some may like to come to the Stations and stay through Monsignor’s homily. Others might be able to come for only a brief time and others may be able to stay for hours of prayer. Please join us for what you are able to do. The exposition and homily should be a great way for us to show our faith and trust in the Lord in the Eucharist and be inspired by Monsignor Callaghan’s preaching and spend some time with the Lord in prayer.
9:00 P.M. – Rosary.
Join us as we pray the rosary together, beginning at 9:00 P.M. The rest of the hour will be dedicated to silent prayer.
10:00 P.M. – Divine Office: Night Prayer
This is the first hour of the “Divine Office” or “Liturgy of the Hours” that we will pray together as part of our Forty Hours Devotion. This is one of the shortest “hours” of the breviary and only takes about five minutes. It is the opportunity to pray a psalm, read a Scripture passage, and more, asking that the Lord would “grant us a restful night and a peaceful death”, to use the words of the prayer. Please know that we will provide handouts for all of the “hours” of the Liturgy of the Hours and the priest presider will explain how to pray, as we recognize this may be the first experience for many of you praying these prayers.
11:00 P.M. – Silent Prayer
The rest of the night is dedicated to silent prayer until 8:00 A.M. on Saturday morning. Feel free to stop by at any point to spend some time with the Lord in the quiet of the night when others are sleeping. Each hour has a special intention assigned to it that we can pray for in a special way as a parish, but you are, of course, free to pray for whatever you would like.
I hope this preview of Friday’s events is helpful, and I hope to see many of you participate in the upcoming devotion. It has been great to see so many of you come to pray in previous years. Let’s ask for God’s blessings upon each other, upon our parish, upon our families, and upon our world, especially those who are suffering or struggling in any way. God bless.