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St. Mary Magdalen's
Catholic Church
Willesden Green
London NW10
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Tuesday, December 23, 2008
“DO NOT BE AFRAID, DEAR FRIENDS, TO OPEN YOUR TIME TO CHRIST!
Time given to him is not wasted; on the contrary, it is time gained for our humanity; it is time which fills our days with light and hope.” – Pope John Paul II, Dies Domini


We will be reintroducing the devotion of a Holy Hour spent in prayer and meditation before the Exposed Blessed Sacrament on the First Friday of each month from 7:00 – 8:00pm. The first Friday in the new liturgical year falls in the first week of Advent, and is a wonderful opportunity to start our spiritual preparations for Christmas.

But why a Holy Hour before Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament? After Jesus instituted the Eucharist at the Last Supper, he went to the Garden of Gethsemane and asked his apostles “Can you not watch one hour with me?” Pope John Paul II wrote:-

“The worship of the Eucharist outside of the Mass is of inestimable value for the life of the Church….. It is pleasant to spend time with him, to lie close to his breast like the Beloved Disciple (cf. Jn 13:25) and to feel the infinite love present in his heart… how can we not feel a renewed need to spend time in spiritual converse, in silent adoration, in heartfelt love before Christ present in the Most Holy Sacrament? …..

We as individuals and the parish as a whole will receive great blessings from such adoration before the Blessed Sacrament. Saint Alphonsus Liguori, who wrote: ‘Of all devotions, that of adoring Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament is the greatest after the sacraments, the one dearest to God and the one most helpful to us.”

Like most of us, you probably find it difficult to pray for such a long time. So to help us pray, the hour will be divided into four 15 minute periods of scripture readings, prayers and meditations interspersed with periods of silence. These will help us open our hearts to hear what Jesus wants to say to each one of us.
If there are any who would like to come but are unable, then let Clergy House know as we have volunteers with cars ready to bring people to Church for this great devotion.

posted by Sinead Reekie at 12:35 pm