Sunday, June 2, 2013

Eucharisitic Holy Hour Today at 11:00 a.m.

NOTE: Our Holy Father Pope Francis is inviting the whole Catholic world into a Holy Hour of prayer today on this Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ.  Imagine the power of Catholics around the entire world engaged in this prayer at the same time.  It will take place today at 5 p.m. Rome time, which is 11 a.m. on the East Coast U.S.  I have the great fortune of presiding at the Holy Mass at that time and so that is how I will celebrate my global holy hour.  How will you?  Get to a church and spend some time with our Eucharistic Lord praying for the Church and praying for the world. - FT

(Vatican Radio) Catholics around the world are preparing to join Pope Francis on Sunday for an unprecedented, worldwide hour of prayer and adoration before the Blessed Sacrament during celebrations for the Feast of Corpus Christi. 

From 5-6 pm Rome time, cathedrals and churches throughout the world will be hosting Eucharistic Adoration, led by the Holy Father in Saint Peter’s Basilica.

This year’s Corpus Christi celebrations are tied in to the Year of Faith with the theme “One Lord, one faith.”

“It’s a way for us to stay in the centre of our Faith,” says Father Charles Rochas. A priest of the diocese of Lyons, France, and a member of the Emmanuel Community, Father Rochas currently serves as the chaplain of the Rome-based Emmanuel School of Mission. He spoke with Ann Schneible about the day’s events.

“In the feast of Corpus Christi we are called to worship the Lord, to adore the Lord in the presence of the Eucharist,” he said. “And being invited by the Pope to adore the Blessed Sacrament is a strong and powerful way for all of us to stay focused on the centre of our Faith, the essential part of the Christian Faith, meeting the Lord Himself.”

Father Rochas said, “Because being a Christian is all about being a friend of Jesus, and being a friend of Jesus is, all about staying with Him, and looking at Him and also being looked at by Jesus and being loved by Jesus Himself.”

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