The Gospel writer Mark records the occasion when those disciples slept while he prayed in the Garden prior to his trial and eventual crucifixion, “Could you not watch one hour with Me?” (Mk 14:34) We are encouraged to do likewise and spend an hour in thanksgiving. Every Friday and Thursday a Holy Hour is offered from 7pm until 8pm at Our Lady Queen of Heaven. This is an opportunity to visit the Blessed Sacrament exposed and to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation.
Some ask what a Holy Hour is exactly? A Holy Hour or Sanctus Hora, in Latin, is the tradition of spending an hour in Eucharistic adoration in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament. Yet, for us faithful, it is so much more life-giving then we realize.
What is the Blessed Sacrament? The Blessed Sacrament is Jesus Himself. In the Gospel of John, Jesus states, “I myself am the living bread come down from heaven.” (Jn 6:35) We are encouraged to consider and reflect on the life of Christ. For those blessings received, may we give thanks to God in his mercy and for any suffering, may we find true purpose and meaning. When we bring our sin and suffering to Jesus, our lives can be made not only whole again, being completely restored but as God as the divine physician, we are restored better than if we had not experienced such difficulty.
Did you know that you grow in spirituality with each moment you spend with Jesus? In Redemptoris Hominis, the papal encyclical of John Paul II, he states that, “Our essential commitment in life is to preserve and advance constantly in Eucharistic life and Eucharistic piety and to grow spiritually in the climate of the Holy Eucharist.” This time, in prayer and in the presence of Christ, is the most important time and the best time that you can spend on earth! And if that was not enough, through the wisdom of the Catholic Church, a plenary indulgence in granted for this practice.
If an hour during the Friday or Thursday Holy Hour of Eucharistic Adoration is not possible, be encouraged to spend time in front of the Tabernacle throughout the week. Our Lady Queen of Heaven has daily Mass from Monday to Friday at 8am when the church opens and remains available to all persons until 6pm.