The Holy Eucharist is the central act of Christian worship. In the Eucharist the Church offers bread and wine to God who in turn receives them and they become the body and blood of Christ. In the Holy Eucharist Christ is truly present under the veil of bread and wine. In the Eucharist we come face to face with our blessed Lord.

The Holy Hour to be observed in our parish from June 2006, affords us the opportunity of truly experiencing the risen Christ in our personal lives and parish. This time of silent reflection allows us to listen to the still small voice of God and to discern his will for us. In this age of noise and the presence of many voices seeking our allegiance we need periods of quiet so that we can focus on God. The Holy Hour should be used by all who are willing to heed the advice of the psalmist: “Be still and know that I am God.”

The "Holy Hour" made in the presence of Jesus in the Most Blessed Sacrament is a devotion in which we call to mind the Life, Passion, Death and Resurrection of Our Lord. During this hour we seek the mercy and forgiveness of God, offer to Him our thanksgivings, fears and our hopes, pray for sinners and intercede for the church, the world and all who seek our prayers in their time of need. The holy Hour provides the members of the parish an opportunity to spend time in prayer and adoration before the true presence of Jesus Christ. Someone writes; “The Holy Eucharist is the mystery of our faith. Jesus said that faith can move mountains. One person coming before Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament represents all of humanity. Every man woman and child on the face of the earth receives some new, wonderful effect of God's goodness, of God's mercy, of God's grace and of God's love, when you put your faith into action and come to visit Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament.”

The best way of making it is by dividing the hour into quarters, devoting five minutes to points for reflection, five for silent prayer or meditation, and five for congregational singing.

O Saving Victim, Op'ning wide The gate of heav'n to man below!

Our foes press on from ev'ry side; Thine aid supply, Thy strength bestow.

To Thy great name be endless praise. Immortal God head, ONE in Three; O grant us end less length of days In our true native land with Thee. Amen.

OFFERING OF THE HOUR

Priest and People: Adorable Savior, I Redeemer of the human race, we believe that You are really and tru y present in the Blessed Sacrament here before us. We desire to spend this hour of adoration and meditation in offering You supreme honor and glory and in making some small atonement for our sins and the sins of the world. We desire also to spend this Holy Hour in thanking You for past favors and graces. We wish to gain for ourselves and the holy souls in purgatory the many indulgences attached to this devotion, and most fervently we implore You to pour down Your blessings upon us and upon our children at home and in foreign lands. O Jesus, while we are assembled here in Your adorable presence, we are resolved to forget our business, our cares and anxieties; to forget the world and all its false pleasures, and to give all our thoughts entirely to You alone, in rendering You supreme homage and adoration, and in contemplating Your lonely life in our tabernacles. Amen.

Priest: O Lord Jesus Christ, who has promised, that wherever two or three shall be gathered together in Your Name You will be there in the midst of them, look down with love and compassion upon these Your children who are assembled before You, to honor Your Sacred Heart and to make It known and loved by all. Come into the midst of us, O sweet Jesus; fill our hearts. with your blessings and inflame them with Your love.

Priest: O Jesus; answer our petitions as we kneel before You.

People: O Heart of Jesus, hear and grant our prayers.

O Heart of Love, I place all my trust in You. I fear all things from my own weakness, but I hope for all things from Your goodness.

Priest and People: O Lord Jesus Christ, who has said, "Ask and you shall receive, seek and you shall find, knock and it shall be opened to you"; grant, we beseech You, to us who ask the grace of Your most divine love, that with all our hearts, words and works, we may love You, and never cease to praise You, who live and reign world without end. Amen.

Priest: O Jesus, answer our petitions as we kneel before You.

People: O Heart of Jesus, hear and grant our prayers.

O Heart of Love, place all my trust in You; fear all things from my own weakness, but hope for all things from Your goodness.

Priest and People: O loving Savior, infinitely generous, seeking only our interests, from Your Sacred Heart came those words of pleading love: “Come to Me all you that labor and are burdened and will refresh you”. Relying on this promise of Your infinite charity, we come to You, and in the lowliness of our hearts earnestly beg You to grant us the favor we ask in this Holy Hour. (Request to be made in silence.) But if what we ask is not for the glory of God or the salvation of our souls, do grant us what is most conducive to both. Amen.

Priest: O Jesus, answer our petitions as we kneel before You.

People: O Heart of Jesus, hear and grant our prayers.

O Heart of Love, place all my trust in You; fear all things from my own weakness, but hope for all things from Your goodness.

A mother's love determines how
We love ourselves and others.
There is no sky we'll ever see
Not lit by that first love.

Stripped of love, the universe
Would drive us mad with pain;
But we are born into a world
That greets our cries with joy.

How much I owe you for the kiss
That told me who I was!
The greatest gift--a love of life--
Lay laughing in your eyes.

Because of you my world still has
The soft grace of your smile;
And every wind of fortune bears
The scent of your caress.

Wayne E. Isaacs

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