St. Mary Catholic Church
First Friday Holy Hour and
Weekly on Wednesdays
Come As You Are
As Jesus said to Peter during His agony in the garden in Mathew's Gospel, chapter 26:40, "So, you could not keep watch with me for one hour?"
PARISH HOLY HOUR OF ADORATION:
First (1st) Friday 7:00 - 8:00 PM
Please join us at St. Mary Catholic Church for an hour of adoration before the Blessed Sacrament each FIRST FRIDAY of every month 7-8 PM and other times scheduled throughout the liturgical year and announced in the bulletin. Procession begins promptly at 7 PM with Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, hymns, community prayers including prayers for vocations, reflections, quiet time, Benediction and dismissal.
Weekly Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament with the parish community begins in the Sanctuary after the Wednesday 7 AM Mass, thus flowing from the Mass, and will continue until Benediction at 6:30 PM. Prayerfully consider signing up for an hour on Wednesdays. Call the Parish Office to add your name to this blessed devotion.
Come as you are, come with a group, come alone, but come and spend an hour with our Lord. Please join in worshiping the Lord in the Blessed Sacrament on First Friday of each month and on Wednesdays at St. Mary Catholic Church.
During Lent, Stations of the Cross begin at 7 PM on Fridays; Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament will follow Stations.
Eucharistic exposition and benediction is a complete liturgical service in its own right and is to be celebrated as such. The Rite of Eucharistic Exposition and Benediction regulates adoration and is an extension of adoration of the Blessed Sacrament which occurs in every Mass: Behold the Lamb of God, behold him who takes away the sins of the world. Blessed are those called to the supper of the Lamb." Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament flows from the sacrifice of the Mass and serves to deepen our hunger for Communion with Christ and the rest of the Church while instilling grace into our souls and lives. Eucharistic Adoration does not substitute for Mass attendance/Mass participation.
Eucharistic Adoration is adoring or honoring the Eucharistic Presence of Christ. In a deeper sense, it involves "the contemplation of the Mystery of Christ truly present before us." Christ is truly and substantially present in the Eucharist and is given the same adoration and devotion that is accorded to Christ. The practice of Adoration, known as Eucharistic Adoration, may be performed both when the Eucharist is exposed for viewing, and when it is not. At the onset of exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, a priest or deacon removes the sacred host from the tabernacle and places him in the Monstrance on the Altar for adoration by the faithful. When the Eucharist is displayed in a monstrance and placed on an altar, a light is focused on it or candles flank it. "Monstrance" is derived from the Latin word "monstrare", meaning "to expose", and is the vessel used in the Church to display the consecrated Eucharistic Host during Eucharistic adoration or benediction. When the consecrated host is placed in the monstrance, then it is said to be a solemn exposition. When the Monstrance contains the Sacred Host, the priest or deacon does NOT touch it with his bare hands, but instead, holds it with a humeral veil, a wide band of cloth. Adoration traditionally may include Scripture readings, hymns, prayers, and times for silent adoration.
The adoration may also take place when the Eucharist is not exposed but is left in a ciborium,which is likewise placed on an altar or in an enclosed tabernacle so that the faithful may pray in the presence of the Lord without the need for volunteers to be in constant attendance (as must be the case when the Blessed Sacrament is exposed).
Official Catholic teachings consider the exposition and adoration of the Blessed Sacrament an important practice which "stimulates the faithful to an awareness of the marvelous presence of Christ and is an invitation to spiritual communion with Him." In many cases, Eucharistic adoration is performed by each person for an uninterrupted hour known as the Holy Hour. The inspiration for the Holy Hour is Matthew 26:40 when in the Garden of Gethsemane the night before his crucifixion, Jesus asks Peter, "So could you not keep watch with me for one hour?"
At all other times, the reserved Sacrament is kept locked in the Tabernacle, so that the faithful may pray with Our Lord present in the Sacrament.
Adoration acknowledges that man is a creature before his Creator. It exalts the greatness of the Lord who made us and the almighty power of the Savior who sets us free from evil while calling us into deeper communion and relationship. Adoration is homage of the spirit to the "King of Glory" and with respectful silence in the presence of the ever greater God. Adoration of the thrice-holy, Trinity, sovereign God of love blends with humility and gives assurance to our prayers and our existence. The Rite concludes with the ordained minister blessing the faithful with the Blessed Sacrament.
Be with Jesus, present in the Blessed Sacrament--reposed in the tabernacle or during Adoration on First Fridays, the Fridays of Lent (exception Good Friday), and other specified times.