14 February 2015

Lent Approaches: Forty Hours' Devotion and Ash Wednesday Schedule at the Oratory




Sunday being Quinquagesima, and Wednesday marking the beginning of Quadragesima, it is time to buckle down and plan for a spiritually beneficial Lent. Why not start with participating in the upcoming Forty Hours Devotion at St. Francis de Sales Oratory? Schedule below. For more information on this devotion, read this excerpt from the Catholic Encyclopedia:

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.


Forty Hours' Devotion
Confessions 30 Minutes before Masses

Sunday, February 15 -
Quinquagesima Sunday
8am Low Mass;
Votive Mass of the Blessed Sacrament
10am High Mass -
w/ Procession of the Most Blessed Sacrament.
Adoration all afternoon.

Monday, February 16 -
Mass of Quinquagesima, Feria
8am Low Mass followed by Exposition
12:15pm Low Mass at St. Joseph's altar
Votive Mass for Peace
6:30pm Reposition
Low Mass

Tuesday, February 17 -
Mass of Quinquagesima, Feria
8am Low Mass followed by Expostion
12:15pm Low Mass at St. Joseph's altar
Votive Mass of the Blessed Sacrament
6:30pm Solemn Mass
w/ Procession of the Most Blessed Sacrament
and Benediction

Ash Wednesday

February 18 - Fast and Adstinence
Ashes distributed at all Masses
8am Low Mass; 12:15pm Low Mass; 6:30pm High Mass







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