I’m looking forward to Sunday, June 2 — the Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ — when we’re all invited to pray with the Holy Father as part of a worldwide initiative. Rome Reports has the story:
I haven’t really done the math in my head, but I do believe the initiative in my own home diocese is staggered somewhat from Pope Francis’ appointed time. According to the National Catholic Register:
VATICAN CITY — For the first time in the Church’s history, Catholics worldwide will be simultaneously participating in an hour of Eucharistic adoration on Sunday, led by Pope Francis. The Holy Hour, to be broadcast from St. Peter’s Basilica on the Solemnity of Corpus Christi, will take place on June 2 from 5-6pm local time. Its theme, “One Lord, One Faith,” was chosen to testify to the deep unity that characterizes it, the Vatican says.
Nonetheless, I’m looking forward to spending time in Adoration at our Cathedral in Fresno on Sunday. I think it is simply awesome to imagine the faithful literally around the globe praying in solidarity with the Pope’s intentions. Although my own parish has an adoration chapel, I rarely pray there – it is a former office, kept under lock and key. Spontaneous visits are next to impossible and I’ve been unable to commit to a regular hour due to my travels (I know… excuses, excuses…). I think it will be amazing to pray at our Cathedral with my Bishop and whatever priests are in attendance. Our Cathedral is a place of great physical beauty, amazing sacred art, and a congregation that is truly devout. It will be precious to pray among them.
A question for you: Do you regularly participate in Eucharistic adoration? Will you take part in a Holy Hour on Sunday? Is your parish or diocese sponsoring a Holy Hour?