05 March 2011

Prepare for Lent: Forty Hours Devotion and the Feast of St. Thomas Aquinas at St. Francis de Sales Oratory

Lent is fast approaching, and this Sunday begins the venerable Forty Hours Devotion at the Oratory.


Also called Quarant' Ore or written in one word Quarantore, is a devotion in which continuous prayer is made for forty hours before the Blessed Sacrament exposed. ...A solemn high Mass, "Mass of Exposition", is sung at the beginning, and another, the "Mass of Deposition", at the end of the period of forty hours; and both these Masses are accompanied by a procession of the Blessed Sacrament and by the chanting of the litanies of the saints. ... On the intervening day a solemn Mass pro pace is offered — if possible, at a different altar from the high altar upon which the Blessed Sacrament is exposed. It is assumed that the exposition and prayer should be kept up by night as well as by day, but permission is given to dispense with this requirement when an adequate number of watchers cannot be obtained. In such a case the interruption of the devotion by night does not forfeit the indulgences conceded by the Holy See to those who take part in it.

A Plenary Indulgence may be gained once a day on each day during the Forty Hours Devotion by all who, being truly repentant, confess their sins, receive Holy Communion, visit the church in which the Blessed Sacrament is exposed for at least 30 minutes (“one half an hour”) and pray for the intentions of the Sovereign Pontiff. The condition of praying for the intention of the Sovereign Pontiff is fully satisfied by reciting one Our Father and one Hail Mary; nevertheless, each one is free to recite any other prayer according to his piety and devotion.


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Beginning of Forty Hours
Confessions 1/2 Hour before each Mass


Sunday, March 6- 8am Mass Quinquagesima Sunday;

10am Mass of the Blessed Sacrament, Solemn High Mass, w/ Procession of the Most Blessed Sacrament.

Adoration all afternoon.

6pm First Vespers of St. Thomas Aquinas

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Monday, March 7 - Patronal Feast of St. Thomas Aquinas - Co-Patron of the Institute
8am Low Mass, followed by Exposition of the Most Blessed Sacrament.

12:10pm Low Mass w/ organ;

6:30pm Solemn High Mass w/ Reposition

Because St. Thomas Aquinas is a patron of the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest, the faithful who assist as Mass at any Institute apostolate on his feast day may gain a plenary indulgence under the usual conditions.

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Tuesday, March 8 - Mass of the Blessed Sacrament

8am Low Mass, followed by Exposition of the Most Blessed Sacrament.

12:10pm Low Mass at St. Joseph's altar;

6:30pm Solemn High Mass w/ Procession of the Most Blessed Sacrament and Benediction.

Wednesday, March 9 - Ash Wednesday

8am Low Mass;

12:15pm Low Mass;

6:30pm Solemn High Mass.

Ashes distributed at all Masses.

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