I hope you are having a good week. I look forward to praying with all of you in a special way on this Forty Hours weekend, as we spend forty hours of Eucharistic adoration in a special way before the Lordd this weekend during Lent. I highlighted and explained the Friday activities here. I introduced the Forty Hours more generally here. In this post, I hope to review the schedule for Saturday’s activities, including what should be two great talks by visiting speaker, Heidi Indahl, a Catholic blogger who will speak to us about suffering, the Sacred Heart of Jesus, and healing.
12:00 AM-8:00 AM – Silent Prayer.
These hours of the morning will be dedicated to silent prayer in the main church with the Eucharist. Come in the early hours of the morning and adore the Lord in peace and quiet, listen to His voice, and speak to Him heart to heart.
8:00 AM – Divine Office: Office of Readings.
We will pray together the “Office of Readings” which is one of the “hours” from the Liturgy of the Hours. It takes about fifteen minutes. As with all of these opportunities to pray from the breviary, the priest will lead and guide people, as this will be a new way of praying for many. The Divine Office is required for clergy and others to say but encouraged for the laity. This time of prayer, in addition to praying with the Psalms, focuses on a longer reading from Scripture and a meditation from a saint or a catechetical document. The rest of the hour will be dedicated to quiet prayer.
9:00 AM – Divine Office: Morning Prayer.
We will pray together “Morning Prayer” from the Divine Office, praying with the Psalms, the Scriptures, and the intercessions of the Church. This will last about ten minutes and the rest of the time will be dedicated to silent prayer.
10:00 AM – Presentation by Heidi Indahl “Pursued: Suffering and the Sacred Heart of Jesus”.
Heidi will give her first presentation of the day at 10:00 AM, focusing on suffering and the Sacred Heart of Jesus. She comes highly recommended and we look forward to welcoming her here to Saint Timothy’s. Heidi is the author of “Blessed Is the Fruit of the Womb, Rosary Reflections for Miscarriage, Stillbirth, and Infant Loss” and blogs about faith and family online.
11:00 AM – Silent Prayer and Confessions.
Father Andrew and I will be available for confessions during this time in the church, and we will have time for silent prayer. This will perhaps be a good time of prayer as we reflect upon Heidi’s talk.
12:00 PM – Divine Office: Midday Prayer.
We will pray together “Midday Prayer” from the Divvine Office. This is a very short, five minute prayer with the psalms and Scripture. The rest of the hour will be dedicated to silent prayer.
1:00 PM – Silent Prayer.
2:00 PM – Presentation by Heidi Indahl “Healing: Not Always What We Expect”.
Heidi will give her second presentation of the day at 2:00 PM, focusing on healing. We all have areas in our lives, our relationships, and our spiritual lives that require healing. Part of our focus this year as a parish and during this Forty Hours is focusing on “healing”. Come listen to Heidi speak about healing and how it is not always what we expect. As mentioned above, Heidi is the author of “Blessed Is the Fruit of the Womb, Rosary Reflections for Miscarriage, Stillbirth, and Infant Loss” and blogs about faith and family online.
3:00 PM – Divine Mercy Chaplet.
Join us as we pray the Divine Mercy Chaplet together. This is a special prayer that uses the same beads as the rosary but asks for God’s mercy upon us and upon the world. It takes about five or ten minutes to pray. We will then have the usual parish confessions and 4:30 PM Mass.
4:00 PM – Rosary.
4:30 PM – Mass.
We will have the usual Saturday Mass at 4:30 PM. Of course, you can certainly feel free to attend this Mass, if you’re unable to come to the closing Mass or would like to receive the Eucharist today, but please know that the closing Mass on Sunday fulfills your Sunday obligation.
5:30 PM – Silent Adoration.
Adoration continues towards the close of the 4:30 PM Mass. Silent prayer until 6:00 PM
6:00 PM – Divine Office: Evening Prayer.
We will continue with the Divine Office and pray the psalms and readings and prayers of Evening Prayer. This will take about ten minutes and then we will continue with silent prayer.
7:00 PM – Silent Prayer.
8:00 PM – Gethsemane: Soft Music and Reflections with Confessions.
This hour will be accompanied by some soft, meditative “praise and worship” or guitar music with the lights dimmed in front of the Eucharist. During this time, confessions will also be offered by Father Andrew, myself, or both. Join us in a special way in the quiet of the evening during the weekend to have your prayer helped with music.
9:00 PM – Silent Prayer.
10:00 PM – Divine Office: Night Prayer.
We will continue with the Divine Office with the last formal prayer of the night and pray night prayer together. This lasts only about five minutes and the rest of the time will be dedicated to silent prayer. Join us as we come together before the Lord in the quiet of the night to ask the Lord to “grant us a restful night and a peaceful death”.
11:00 PM – Silent Prayer.