40 Hours of Adoration

The Forty Hours Devotion is a special forty-hour period of continuous prayer made before the Blessed Sacrament in solemn exposition. Of course, the focus of this devotion is on the Holy Eucharist. As Catholics, the words of our Lord burn in our hearts: “I myself am the living bread come down from Heaven. If anyone eats this bread, He shall live forever; the bread I will give is my flesh for the life of the world” (Jn 6:51). In the Bible the number 40 is associated with a sacred period of time: the rain at the time of the flood of Noah lasted 40 days and nights, and the Hebrews wandered in the desert for 40 years on the way to the Promised Land. Jesus fasted for 40 days before beginning his public ministry.

We have a beautiful practice of 40 hours of adoration in preparation for the feast of Christ the King. This year the 40 hours of adoration was held on Thursday, 21, November from 6:30 pm to Saturday, 23 at 6:00 pm. Our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament was given a fitting homage with a solemn procession. It was feast to the eyes to see that a large number of people turning out to spend some time before the Blessed Sacrament.

The Forty Hours Devotion provides a wonderful opportunity for the spiritual growth of each person and the parish as a whole. In a world where temptation and evil abound, where devotion to the Mass and our Lord in the Holy Eucharist have declined, where the practice of penance and confession have been forgotten, we need the Forty Hours Devotion more than ever. Come, let us worship the Lord in this wonderful sacrament.