Forty Hours Adoration

Forty Hours Eucharistic Adoration
in preparation for the Forty Day of Lent

Please join us in Church this Sunday (February 23) at 3 p.m. as we begin Forty Hours of Adoration. Our Forty Hours Adoration will conclude on Tuesday, February 25 at 7 a.m.

You can feel free to simply drop in to spend some time with the Lord or sign up for a specific time for Adoration. You can sign up for a scheduled time below.

Below is an abridged article about Forty Hour adoration taken from the website, Catholic Straight Answers, 2020:

“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 Cecae, #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.

During the 40 hours, the faithful gather for personal or public prayer in adoration of our Lord. The Blessed Sacrament is reposed in the tabernacle for the daily Mass, and then returned for exposition after Mass. 

The Forty Hours Devotion can be seen almost like a parish mini-retreat or mission. It provides a wonderful opportunity for the spiritual growth of each person and the parish as a whole. 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.”