Holy Hour for Vocations

Holy Hours are the Roman Catholic devotional tradition of spending an hour in Eucharistic adoration in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament.  The inspiration for the Holy Hour is Matthew 26:40. In the Gospel of Matthew, during the agony in the Garden of Gethsemane expositionon the night before his crucifixion, Jesus spoke to his disciples, saying “My soul is sorrowful even to death. Remain here and keep watch with me.” Returning to the disciples after prayer, he found them asleep and he asked Peter, “So, you could you not keep watch with me for one hour?”

Matthew’s Gospel provides another invitation from Jesus.  “The harvest is abundant but the laborers are few; so ask the master of the harvest to send out laborers for his harvest” (Mt. 9:38).  Bishop Cunningham notes how this scripture reminds him of the Church’s need to pray for vocations.  In his pastoral letter he extends this invitation to all the faithful of the diocese.  “I ask you to pray daily that the Lord of the harvest will bless our diocese and the universal Church with men who will respond to the call to priesthood and with men and women who will accept the invitation to follow Christ in the consecrated life.  I hope you will join me in prayer and fasting for vocations to the priesthood and consecrated life on the First Fridays of each month.”

These are great opportunities to raise our awareness of and prayers for vocations.  The entire Diocese – all ages and places can be a part of this effort. Please join Bishop Cunningham for a Holy Hour with Benediction on the following First Fridays:

February 7th at 7:00pm  @  St. James, Syracuse

March 7th at 6:30pm with Young Adult Ministry  @  Cathedral, Syracuse (Note: begins with Mass)

April 4th at 6:00pm  @  Sts. John and Andrew, Binghamton

**Canceled** May 2nd at 10:30am  @  St. Joseph Nursing Home, Utica **Canceled**

June 6th Holy Hour with the Seminarians in anticipation of Priestly Ordination (private)

September 5th at 7:00pm  @  St.Joseph, Oswego

October 3rd at 7:00pm  @  St.Mary, Skaneateles

November 7th at 7:00pm  @  St.Joseph, Endicott

December 5th at 7:00pm  @  St. Joseph/St. Patrick, Utica


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MOTHER_TERESA_PORTRAIT_2Mother Teresa on Adoration:

“The time you spend with Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament is the best time you will spend on earth.”  – Mother Teresa of Calcutta

“I know I would not be able to work one week if it were not for that continual force coming from Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament,” – Mother Teresa of Calcutta

“People ask me: ‘What will convert America and save the world?’ My answer is prayer. What we need is for every parish to come before Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament in Holy Hours of prayer.” – Mother Teresa of Calcutta

“Just as you can’t be exposed to the sun without receiving its rays, neither can you come to Jesus exposed in the Blessed Sacrament without receiving the divine rays of his grace, his love, his peace.”  – Pope Paul VI, Mysterium Fidei

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