Monthly Holy Hour

Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament

A Monthly Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament

On the third Tuesday of every month our council sponsors a monthly holy hour. Gene Burns is the chairman of this program. On top of organizing the event with the parish Gene also leads the group in a few short meditations. Attendees of the holy hour of course are allowed to pray for anything they want or need to. We do ask that they spend some of their prayer in petition. Petition for an increase in vocations to the priesthood and religious life.

A History of Holy Hours

The history of the Holy Hour traces back to the Last Supper. Here Jesus spent time in prayer with his disciples in the Garden of Gethsemane. The term “Holy Hour” itself became popularized in the 17th century. Due to the introduction of the Forty Hours’ Devotion, a period of continuous prayer lasting to honor the Eucharist. This devotion spread throughout the Church. The goal to emphasize the importance of spending time in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament outside of the Mass.

In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, prominent Catholic figures such as St. Peter Julian Eymard and St. Teresa of Ávila promoted the practice of Eucharistic Adoration. Encouraging Catholics to spend time in quiet contemplation before the Blessed Sacrament. The Holy Hour gained further popularity with the introduction of the Perpetual Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. Where the Eucharist is continually adored by the faithful around the clock.

Today, Holy Hours are conducted regularly in parishes worldwide. Often on specific days such as First Fridays or during special occasions like Lent or Corpus Christi. During a Holy Hour, participants engage in various forms of prayer. These can include recitation of the Rosary, Scripture readings, hymns, silent reflection, and personal petitions. The Holy Hour is seen as an opportunity for spiritual renewal, intimate communion with Christ, and intercessory prayer for the needs of the Church and the world. It remains a cherished tradition that continues to inspire and nourish the faith of Catholics across generations.

Please join us the third Tuesday for our Monthly Holy Hour!

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