Each year every parish of the Diocese has the opportunity to celebrate the Quarant' Ore, or Forty Hours, Devotion - a time of extended prayer before the Blessed Sacrament. Throughout the year, in one church or another across the Diocese, you will be able to find Adoration going on, offering a continuous prayer of praise from the People of God before the Father.
Our turn is coming up. Please make time over the weekend of 14-16 September to come and adore the Lord. In the silence of His Presence and in prayer and contemplation, we are able to lift all the needs of our world, country, community, parish, families and ourselves before God. The doors of the church will be open, candles will be lit, and whether you want to pop in for 5 minutes or spend a whole hour before the Lord, you are all most welcome.
There will be prayer resources available, but perhaps the greatest prayer is that of the French peasant who spoke to Fr Jean-Marie Vianney, Cure d'Ars, and explained to his parish priest what he did in all his time in prayer before the Blessed Sacrament: 'He looks at me and I look at him'. Let us, too, enter into this encounter, face to face, heart to heart.
FRIDAY 14 SEPTEMBER.
7pm onwards: Adoration. 9pm: Compline & Close of Exposition
SATURDAY 15 SEPTEMBER
9.35am : Rosary for Vocations. 10am: Mass & Confessions. 10.30am onwards: Adoration. 5.45 Confessions. 6.30pm Vigil Mass. 7.15pm Adoration with Benediction & Close of Exposition at 8pm.
SUNDAY 18 SEPTEMBER
8am onwards: Exposition. 10am: Mass followed by Adoration. 12noon: Angelus & Benediction