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.
Please join us for Holy Hour
7PM in church or livestream
February 15 - Holy Hour & Rosary
Lenten Holy Hour - February 22 to March 29
Each year during the Lenten season we are invited to deepen our commitment to Christ and to his community, the Church. Through various means –scripture reading, prayer, fasting, almsgiving, we deepen our discipleship following Jesus more closely and continuing to build the reign of God in ourselves, our families, and our communities. This Lent we will pray the Seven Last Words of Christ as adore Christ in the Blessed Sacrament.
February 22 - Ash Wednesday- After 7pm Mass and distribution of Ashes, we will have a shortened Holy Hour for those who would like to begin Lent with a little quiet time with Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament
March 1 - Holy Hour contemplating and praying over the First and Second words of Christ—"Father, forgive them” and “today you will be with me in paradise.”
March 8 - Holy Hour and Rosary contemplating and praying over the Third Word of Christ—"Woman, behold they Son…”
March 15 - Holy Hour contemplating and praying over the Fourth and Fifth Word of Christ—"My God why have you forsaken me” and “I thirst.”
March 22 - Holy Hour contemplating and praying over the Sixth Word of Christ—"it is finished
March 29 - Holy Hour contemplating and praying over the Seventh Word of Christ—"Into your hands, I commend my spirit”
May 17 - Holy Hour & Rosary
June 21 - Holy Hour & Rosary