Forty Hours Devotion & Eucharistic Procession

April 12, 2015 / April 14, 2015
All Day

Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament will take place “around the clock” beginning Sunday at 1:00PM and concluding Tuesday at 7:00PM with an evening Procession and Benediction. The sign-up calendar can be found in the vestibule of the church.

Celebrate the gift of the Eucharist—come before the Lord in Adoration during the 40 hours of prayer.

Eucharistic Adoration

These days of Eucharistic Adoration are a graced time for our parish and our families. You are encouraged to come before the Lord in the Blessed Sacrament to allow Him to bestow His many blessings upon you, your family and our parish.

We pray these most sacred days, our Forty Hours Devotion, will lead us to a deeper love for the Eucharist and a yearning to come before the Lord in the Blessed Sacrament more frequently.

The History of the Forty Hours Devotion

It has been written that the custom of exposing the Blessed Sacrament began in Milan, in May 1537. Three-hundred years later, while the Catholic Church in Philadelphia was experiencing strong anti-Catholic sentiments, Bishop John Neumann prayed that this devotion would become part of the life of his diocese. Amidst much fear, the bishop sought to introduce the Forty-Hours of continual adoration of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament. Trusting in God’s providential care, John Neumann moved forward and in 1853 the first devotions began at St. Philip Neri Parish. The Bishop then introduced the program for the whole diocese, so that each parish would have Forty Hours Devotion during the course of the year.