Holy Innocents in Manhattan, NYC, is about to begin, on Friday, their Forty Hours Devotion! More on that, below.
First, some comments.
During the last few days since the decision about the Church of the Holy Innocents in Manhattan was made public, I have seen much speculation about what saved the Church from the threat of being closed.
Some think it was the aggressive media coverage about the proposed closing. Others think it was the hundreds of letters sent to New York’s Archbishop, Timothy Card. Dolan together with unscheduled meetings Holy Innocents’ parishioners had by chance with the Cardinal before the decision. Some want to credit the Church building itself, by architect Patrick Keely, or its altar mural of the Crucifixion by Constantino Brumidi, or its stained glass windows by Meyer of Munich. Others want credit the many priests who made the daily celebration of the Traditional Latin Mass possible. It is hard to imagine that all of these factors made some difference in the final decision.
That said, I bring to your attention something that an insider at Holy Innocents told me. He gives the credit for this decision in favor of keeping the parish open to Our Lady and to the Miraculous Rosary Novena that the faithful parishioners diligently prayed.
After it was first announced in late April that Holy Innocents had been slated for closing, parishioners at Holy Innocents began praying the 54-day Rosary Novena every day before the 6 PM Extraordinary Form Mass.
This Rosary Novena consists of 27 days of petition and 27 days of thanksgiving. At Holy Innocents, the parishioners prayed the complete Rosary Novena three times since they began it.
QUAERITUR: Is it a coincidence that they completed their third full Rosary Novena on Friday, 31 October and that the first reports that the parish had been saved the next day?
That said, the Church of the Holy Innocents will host its 2nd Annual 40 Hours Devotion beginning this Friday.
Holy Innocents, in Midtown Manhattan is easy to reach from both Penn Station and Grand Central Terminal. It is close to Herald Square (e.g., Macy’s), on 37th St. between Broadway and 7th Avenue.
From Friday 7 November at 6 PM through Sunday 9 November 9th at 10:30 AM Holy Innocents will have the 40 Hours Devotion, which will coincide with their usual all-night vigil for 1st Friday. The Mass of Exposition will be a Solemn Votive Mass of the Blessed Sacrament on Friday at 6 PM with a procession with the Blessed Sacrament inside the church, the Litany of the Saints, and other prayers.