Forty Hours Devotion at the Oratory
March 4-6, 2018 at St. Peter's Church
Featuring the preaching of Msgr. Joseph Celano
Vicar for Administration, Diocese of Metuchen
We are excited to announce the return of the Forty Hours Devotion, popularized by Our Holy Father St. Philip Neri, March 4-6, 2018. The featured preacher will be the Rev. Msgr. Joseph Celano, Vicar for Administration, Diocese of Metuchen, and former pastor of St. Bernard of Clairvaux Parish, Bridgewater.
Opening Mass: Third Sunday of Lent, March 4, 6:00 pm, St. Peter's Church
Solemn Sung Vespers, Monday, March 5, 7:30 pm
Solemn Sung Vespers, Eucharistic Procession and Benediction, Tuesday, March 6, 7:30 pm
Eucharistic Adoration will take place throughout the Forty Hours. Please consider signing up for an Adoration time slot (link coming soon).
About the Forty Hours Devotion
The Forty Hours Devotion is a traditional Catholic practice that arose during the 16th Century. It is centered on Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, and includes an opening and closing Mass. The length of forty hours is not strict (ours will actually last about 48 hours), but is thought to have been taken from the tradition that Christ laid in His tomb for about forty hours. St. Philip Neri embraced and, along with contemporaries such as St. Ignatius Loyola and St. Charles Borromeo, strongly promoted it. He is credited with introducing this devotion in Rome.