St. Mary Parish announces they will be holding 40 Hours Devotion in Advent beginning Sunday, December 8, 2019 through Tuesday, December 10, 2019. Forty Hours is a special forty-hour period of prayer and devotion made before the Blessed Sacrament in solemn exposition. The practice of forty-hours of devotion nurtures the love of the faithful for our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament. While Mass is the main worship for Catholics where people participate in the eternal reality of our Lord’s passion, death and resurrection, people are also encouraged to adore the Blessed Sacrament outside of Mass.
The 40 hours devotion will begin with a Mass presided over by Robert J. McManus, Bishop of the Worcester Diocese, at 11:00am on Sunday, December 8th. After communion, the Blessed Sacrament will be exposed until 10:00pm in the evening closing with Benediction and Reposition of the Blessed Sacrament. On Monday and Tuesday mornings, Mass will begin at 7:00am followed by exposition of the Blessed Sacrament. Monday evening exposition will end at 10:00pm with Benediction and Reposition of the Blessed Sacrament. On Tuesday exposition of the Blessed Sacrament will end with a Closing Mass at 7:00pm. This Mass will be presided over by Fr. Nicholas Desimone, Pastor of St. Mary.
St. Mary Parish has approximately 40 ministries that serve others in love of the Gospel. Each ministry will be hosting an hour of devotion. The forty-hours will include prayers, mediations, readings from the Saints, praise and worship, reflections, the rosary, the Divine Mercy Chaplet, talks by Fr. Adam Young and Fr. Donate Infante III along with time for quiet prayer. The Sacrament of Reconciliation will be available on Sunday evening from 6:00pm to 8:00pm and Monday from 5:00pm to 7:00pm.
All are welcome to come and sit with the Lord in prayer. A hospitality area will be available for those wishing to worship for an extended period of time.