So our Mass goes back, without essential change, to the age when it first developed out of the oldest liturgy of all. It is still redolent of that liturgy, of the days when Cæsar ruled the world and thought he could stamp out the faith of Christ, when our fathers met together before dawn and sang a hymn to Christ as to a God. The final result of our enquiry is that, in spite of unsolved problems, in spite of later changes, there is not in Christendom another rite so venerable as ours. ~Fortescue
Wednesday, October 25, 2017
FORTY HOURS EUCHARISTIC DEVOTION 2017 - NYC
CHURCH OF THE HOLY INNOCENTS
West 37th Street, NYC)
FORTY HOURS EUCHARISTIC DEVOTION
The Church of the
Holy Innocents will start its Forty
COMING FRIDAY NIGHT.
The opening Mass will be this coming Friday, October 27, 2017 at 6PM, and
it will be a Votive Mass of the Most
the end of the opening Mass, the Blessed Sacrament will be exposed, there will
be a solemn Eucharistic procession inside the church, and the Pange lingua, the Litany of the Saints,
and some other special psalms, versicles, and prayers will be chanted.
Then, on Saturday,
October 28at 1PM, we will
have the traditional Votive Mass Pro Pace.
Mass will be on Sunday, October 29 at
10:30AM, which will also be the 1st class Feast of Christ the King.
This closing Mass will be celebrated coram
Sanctissimo (in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament exposed throughout
the entire Mass).
the end of the closing Mass, the Litany of the Saints and other special psalms
and prayers will be chanted and we will have another Procession of the Blessed
Sacrament inside the church. This Procession will end with Benediction of the
Most Blessed Sacrament, the Divine Praises, and the recitation of the Act of
Consecration of the Human Race to the Sacred Heart of Jesus.
While in the Roman
Catholic Church there are many Feasts and devotions throughout the year, the
Forty Hours Devotion is always awaited and received with extreme joy. “Devotion to the Blessed Sacrament,” according
to Fr. Faber, “is the queen of all
devotions. It is the central devotion of the Church. All others gather round it
and group themselves there as satellites; for others celebrate His Mysteries;
this is Himself.”
The Forty Hours Devotion
is surrounded with three special dimensions:
1) The protection
from evil and temptation;
2) Reparation for our
own sins and for the poor souls in purgatory; and
3) Deliverance from
political, material and spiritual calamities.
All these petitions
(for ourselves, for our neighbors, and for the entire Church) are expressed in detail
in the beautiful Litanies of the Saints that are chanted as part of the opening
and the closing Masses for the Forty Hours.
The very active and vibrant Church of the Holy
Innocents (NYC) is still the only parish in the entire Archdiocese of NY that
has the Forty Hours Devotion in its traditional form. The Forty Hours Devotion was permanently established by Pope Clement
order that day and night the faithful might appease their Lord by prayer before
the Blessed Sacrament solemnly exposed, imploring there His divine mercy.”