Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Join the Pope in Prayer & Make Church History!

For the first time in the Catholic Church's 2000 year history the pope has asked all parishes and their members around the world to join him in Eucharistic Adoration at the same day and time. As part of the Year of Faith, this Sunday, June 2, 2013 at 5pm Rome time (11am Eastern Time) - the Solemnity of Corpus Christi - all Catholics are called to join Pope Francis in prayer for one hour before the Blessed Sacrament. The cathedrals of the world will be synchronized in prayer with the Pope. Your parish may have organized a specific event for it, but may have had to move it to another time because of Mass schedules. Check your diocesan website.

I am excited as our Archbishop has planned a Eucharist procession, then a Mass to celebrate Corpus Christi and then the hour of Adoration at 11am. What an extremely powerful prayer to Christ. And what a wonderful Pope we have been blessed with. It was so impressive that directly after his election as Pope, Francis spent a great deal of time in prayer before the Blessed Sacrament before coming out to be presented to the crowds outside St. Peter's Square. He really values this form of prayer and so should we.

For more information, and for all the Pope's requested intentions, please read:
Pope To Lead Millions in Global Hour of Adoration
Vatican Organizes Worldwide Simultaneous Eucharistic Adoration 
Pope Francis to Lead Global Holy Hour
Adoration With Pope Energizing Catholics Worldwide

Update: A friend of mine (Thanks, Kim!) reminded me that for those who cannot attend Adoration at their parish or cathedral, you can, if you really have to, participate online with an online Adoration chapel like these:

Savior.Org Webcam
Chapel Webcam, St. Martin of Tours Church, Louisville, KY (just lovely!)

Update 2: Some parishes also post their Adoration times at: MassTimes.org

Also: Video - What is the Point of Eucharistic Adoration?