Thursday, November 9, 2006

40 Hours Devotion: Friday, Saturday, Sunday

Psalm 63:2-4

O God, you are my God --
for you I long!
For you my body yearns;
for you my soul thirsts,
Like a land parched, lifeless,
and without water.

So I gaze on you in the sanctuary
to see your power and glory.
For your love is better than life;
my lips offer you worship!

Via American Papist: On November 9th, 2006, Pope Benedict, speaking about the International Eucharistic Congress to take place in Quebec said:

The presence at the gathering of a number of representatives of the Adorers of the Eucharist, said Benedict XVI, gave him the opportunity to recall "just how beneficial the rediscovery of Eucharistic adoration by many Christians is. ... How much need modern humanity has to rediscover the source of its hope in the Sacrament of the Eucharist! [sic.] I thank the Lord because many parishes, along side the devout celebration of Mass, are educating the faithful in Eucharistic adoration. And it is my hope that - also in view of the next International Eucharistic Congress - this practice will become ever more widespread."

40 HOURS DEVOTION 2005: Closing Ceremony

And now, a few teaser scenes from last years closing ceremony which took place at 3:00pm Sunday, as it will this year. Many went to the noon Mass, then enjoyed the pancake/egg breakfast provided by the ushers, followed by an hour of adoration, before the big closing.

Many local priests joined us. Here, they are processing in.

Not sure who is doing a Gospel reading. Visiting priest, Fr. Paul Ward delivered a sermon.....

Momentary adoration...

The priest, wearing a cope, carries the monstrance with the Blessed Sacrament behind the other processing priests and altar boys. People from the pews follow suit.

The canopy is seen, which covers our Lord as He is processed through the church.

A careful look (click on pic to enlarge) reveals the thurible being swung with incense towards the Blessed Sacrament as Our Lord crosses the main aisle.

You've got three days worth of adoration opportunities, and the closing ceremony is at 3:00 Sunday. Why not join us for the noon Mass, have a good breakfast, spend an hour in adoration, then worship the Lord in the closing ceremony?

Carpool over. See where Assumption Grotto is located and if you really want to see something cool - take a look at the satellite shot of Grotto grounds from Google Maps (click the map and just drag it around to see the area and zoom in some more when you get it centered).

I'll leave you with Our Lord's words:

Mark 14:37-38

He said to Peter, "Simon, are you asleep? Could you not keep watch for one hour?
Watch and pray that you may not undergo the test. The spirit is willing but the flesh is weak."

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