What is Holy Hour?
Holy Hour is a Eucharistic prayer adoring Jesus in a special vessel, called a monstrance. Though there are special prayers that may be sung or said during this time, many people choose to simply spend some quiet time in reflection or meditation in the presence of the Lord. For all the mystery that sometimes surrounds it, spending time with Jesus is actually very simple.
Any relationship requires both people in it to be present to one another to grow and flourish. When Jesus ascended to heaven, he left us himself in the most basic of everyday items - bread. During the Mass, specifically during the Liturgy of the Eucharist, Christ becomes powerfully present to us in the (now) consecrated bread. Because our priests can't always be distributing the Eucharist, the time set aside for Eucharistic Prayer allows us another way to be in the powerful presence of Jesus.
Holy Hour begins with bringing the Eucharist to the altar, placing it in the monstrance. This is often followed by music, readings, and reflective time for the faithful. Once a month this time also includes the recitation of the Most Holy Rosary as a lead into our time with Jesus.
However, there is no prescribed or set way nor set amount of time to pray during this time. Some people pray the rosary, some practice a form of meditative prayer called Lectio Divina, some just sit quietly, allowing silent conversation with the Lord to flow. Acknowledging Christ present in the Eucharist deepens our faith in the Real Presence and our participation in the life of the Church.