40 Hours Devotion this weekend

40_HoursThis coming Sunday, May 22nd, Saint Stanislaus Parish is holding the annual 40 Hours Devotion.

Please avail yourself to this perfect time of prayer before the Eucharistic Lord.

The schedule for Eucharistic Adoration is as follows:

  • Friday, May 20th, 8:00am to 7:00pm
  • Saturday, May 21st, 8:00am to 4:00pm
  • Sunday, May 22nd, 12:30pm to 5:30pm
  • Sunday, May 22nd, Solemn Vespers with an outdoor Eucharistic Procession and Benediction at 4:30pm.

Here is quick review of this Eucharistic devotion.

40 Hours comes from the Diocese of Milan around 1527. The purpose of the devotion was to make reparation for sins and to offer prayers to God for protection during war, in subsequent years this period of Eucharistic prayer was closely associated with the virtue of gratitude for graces received and for the appreciation of the gift of the Holy Eucharist. 40 Hours was quite popular and by 1539 Pope Paul III gave his approval. It also found great support from St. Anthony Maria Zaccaria and Saint Philip Neri, who introduced its celebration in Rome in 1550. It was Pope Paul IV who connected the 40 Hours Devotion with the forty days of fasting of the Lord in the desert and then he drew our attention to the Apostle’s exhortation to pray unceasingly.

For the Latin Mass Community, the 2:00 p.m. Low Mass will be offered at the Saint Joseph altar and not at the main altar. Please sit on the Saint Joseph side of the church.

For the reception of Holy Communion please use the altar rail in front of the Saint Joseph altar (even though the space is quite limited this is to avoid unnecessary traffic in front of the Blessed Sacrament).

One of the rubrical changes is that in the Presence of the Most Blessed Sacrament, the bells are not rung.

Let us pray for one another before the Lord.