What exactly is the Holy Hour for Life?
The Holy Hour For Life will resume on the third Thursday of the month, beginning on October 15 from 7 pm - 8 pm. Please consider visiting Our Lord in the Most Blessed Sacrament to pray with Father James for the sanctity of life.
Join us every 3rd Thursday of the month for the Holy Hour for Life at 7:00 p.m. in the Church. There is also time for private prayer and reflection. Here we pray before our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament for the intention of defending life from the moment of conception to natural death, the sanctity of marriage and for religious liberty.
Remember Jesus is really present in the Eucharist and you will grow spiritually through spending time in His presence. Each hour you spend with Jesus will deepen His peace in your heart. If He were actually visible in the Church, everyone would run to welcome Him, but He remains hidden in the Sacred Host under the appearance of bread because He is calling us so that we may come to Him in humility.
While you are here, please pray for the dear mother who is carrying her child, her precious gift from God in her womb, pray for the unborn that he/she will be given the greatest gift which is LIFE, pray for their family as well to accept them and to love and nurture them. Please also pray for all those who have had abortions and are deeply affected by it. Young girls who had nowhere else to turn, other women who felt it was the only solution to their situation and also remember the men, too, who have taken their partner or girlfriend, etc to the clinic to have the abortion, they too are affected by it. Unfortunately, sometimes it's not until we get much older that we realize what we have done and the hardship we have caused another by our actions when we were younger. Sometimes when we get older and look back we see things much clearer and wish we could change but we need to pray for all these people.
Pray also for the sanctity of marriage. To ensure the right use of the procreative power God founded the institution of marriage: the lifelong and irrevocable union of one man and one woman. The necessity of such a union is apparent since it is essential not only that children be born but that they be lovingly reared and cared for by the father and mother who bring them into the world. Our juvenile courts and mental hospitals bear daily witness to the evils that follow when the unity and permanence of marriage are forgotten. But it was not merely for the purpose of peopling the earth that God instituted marriage. “It is not good that the man is alone,” said God as Adam slept in Eden. “I will make him a helper like himself.” It is God’s design that man and woman should complete each other, draw strength from each other, contribute to one another’s spiritual growth. It is in the lifelong espousal of one man and one woman, wherein minds and hearts, as well as bodies, are fused into a new and richer unity, that this purpose of God is achieved. Jesus affirmed the permanence of marriage: “What therefore God has joined together, let no man put asunder." So let us pray for all married couples so that spouses cooperate with God in the creation of new life and society respects the title of "marriage" and values it as well.
Finally please pray for religious liberty, for the freedom to worship and practice our faith. Religious liberty is the first liberty granted to us by God and protected in the First Amendment to our Constitution. It includes more than our ability to go to Mass on Sunday or pray the Rosary at home. It also encompasses our ability to contribute freely to the common good of all Americans. Remember religious liberty is a treasured American value!