40 Hours' Devotion
What is the feast of Corpus Christi?
As Catholics, we believe that Christ is truly present in the Eucharist. The Feast of Corpus Christi celebrates the Body and Blood of Christ, it allows us to honor Him. It is one time when our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament is exposed not just to faithful Catholics but to all the world.
What is 40 Hours' Devotion?
An ancient practice in which a special forty-hour period of continuous prayer is made before the Blessed Sacrament in solemn exposition. Public and Private devotion is encouraged by the Pope in churches throughout the world.
Why do we do this?
Adoration is a powerful opportunity to experience the Love of Christ in a very personal way. The total of 40 hours was selected in honor of the number of hours during which the Body of Our Lord is considered to have rested in the tomb. Traditionally, the practice has been invoked to combat threats to our Catholic faith.
What is the benefit?
Opening our hearts to Jesus in adoration enables profound changes in us and in our world. Officially, a plenary indulgence is granted to all persons who, being truly contrite and having received the Sacraments of Penance and the Eucharist, visit a church in which the exposition is held on one of the three days and pray there for the intentions of the Holy Father. This indulgence is applicable to the souls in Purgatory.
How can I get involved?
Volunteer for one hour, see where it leads. To sign up, please email the Adoration Leadership Team at: firstname.lastname@example.org, sign up after mass May 22nd-23rd, or drop by church during the 40 hours' devotion June 6th 5pm – June 8th 7pm.
What do I do when I get there?
Say a prayer, read scripture, sit silently with Jesus. Listen to God.
In a world where temptation and evil abound, where devotion to the Mass and our Lord in the Holy Eucharist have declined, where the practice of penance and confession have been forgotten, we need the Forty Hours Devotion more than ever.