Thursday, November 6, 2014

40 Hours Devotion at Assumption Grotto this weekend

This Friday, after the 7:30 a.m. TLM Mass, 40 Hours Devotion opens at Assumption Grotto.  This devotion was popular in the pre-Vatican II days, with historical roots going back to the 1500's when it began in Milan. Older people tell me how it would roll to different parishes. Other priests and lay people would visit and especially participate in closing ceremonies.

Yes, the Lions are playing at 1:00.  Record it if you can, or just skip one week and offer it up - a Catholic thing to do. Offer it up for the poor souls in Purgatory, as this is the month dedicated to praying for the dead. Offer it up for Christians suffering persecution across the world. Offer it up for mothers considering abortion. Offer it up for the conversion of sinners. Offer it up for family and friends who have fallen away from the Church, etc.)

Fr. Perrone discusses the schedule for this weekend…

Our parish Forty Hours Devotion opens this FridayIt begins with the opening Mass and procession of the Blessed Sacrament at 7:30 a.m. Exposition of the Sacrament takes place throughout the day until the 9:00 p.m. Benediction. On Saturday November 8, there will be a side altar Mass at 7:30 a.m. and a Carmelite Third Order Communion Mass at 8:30 a.m. with Exposition on the main altar until 9:00 p.m. (Note that the Exposition is suspended during the 4:00 p.m. Mass). Next Sunday will have Exposition beginning at 6:00 a.m. (interrupted during the Sunday Masses, except for the solemn Mass at noon when Mass is celebrated in the presence of the exposed Sacrament). Our special homilist for this noon Mass will be Monsignor Robert McClory, the Moderator of the Curia for the Archdiocese of Detroit….The Procession and Litany of Saints follows and will conclude the ceremonies.
He went on to say he was counting on many people being there for this ceremonial closing.  This is one Sunday out of the year where we have an opportunity to honor the Blessed Sacrament in a way that most do not. It is making a comeback though as I noted this past spring, and as reported for this weekend at Holy Innocence in Manhattan.  

For those wondering, the 9:30 a.m. Mass, which is the usual time slot for the Traditional Latin Mass will end up being a Latin Novus Ordo if it goes like past years.  Many of the Liturgical things Fr. Perrone discusses either require the use of the 1962 Missal, or just are more fitting with it.  

The Knights of Columbus are holding a pancake breakfast that runs from 9:30 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. 

For more info, see this article by Fr. William Saunders, 40 Hours with Jesus Christ,  explaining the historical, spiritual, and biblical aspects of 40 Hours.

For photos and video from last year, see this post and this one.


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