In a couple hours I head for the airport.  I am off to help a priest friend revive 40 Hours Devotion in his parish of St. Gregory the Great in S. Euclid.

If ever there was a time when we needed Forty Hours Devotion!

Do you suppose there will be any Cleveland Indians fans there?  

I bet I can find a TV on Saturday evening.

Which hat should I take with me (other than the  o{]   )?

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  1. I will be reviving 40 Hours in my own parish soon – we are set for November 15-17. I would be most grateful for any input on 40 Hours in a traditionally-minded Novus Ordo Parish. I have got the schema for Masses, confessions, what else should be offered? A Holy Hour for Reparation? Any suggestions for format? Extended preaching? I would be most grateful to Fr. Z. or anyone who could help.

  2. There should be a special invitation to priests to attend the closing. (Then have a supper for them afterward.)

    I suggest a guest preacher and also invite one of the priests (or bishops!) to lead the procession and Benediction.

    There are some other pointers as well, but I am short on time.

    Fr. Z

  3. Ave Maria says:

    We lost our 40 HOurs devotion, that took years to get, when our
    new pastor came. God only knows when we can again revive it.

    on a secular note: GO ROCKIES!

  4. Wm. Christopher Hoag says:

    I am definitely a (today disppointed) Tribe fan, and I will definitely be at St. Gregory the Great on Sunday for the closing Mass and Evening Prayer.

    Hmmm…has Fr. Ireland considered ad orientem for that Mass?!

    BTW, for anyone in Cleveland–

    Immaculate Conception-Willoughby will have a Missa Cantata Requiem (Extraordinary Form) on All Soul’s at 7pm.

  5. Neither. Wear a Twins hat.

  6. David G says:

    As a Pirates fan, I have been doing penance for the past fifteen years, so don’t ask me.

  7. Fr. Stephen says:

    40 Hours will soon be revived in our diocese in many parishes including mine. This revival will happen because of the initiative of a newly-ordained priest, with the encouragement of the bishop, and many parishes will sign on to have it and host the priests who come. Some parishes, of course, will not do it because of the attitude of their present pastors with regard to worship of Jesus in the Eucharist outside of Mass. Still, I believe that, in this regard at least, a new day is dawning.

  8. Fr. Scott Bailey, C.Ss.R. says:

    Blessed be Jesus Christ in the most holy Sacrament of the Altar!

    Sacerdos in Aeternum, one of the things that was helpful for the people was to provide meditations and prayers for their use during their time of adoration. We left them on a table near the center of the church with a sign asking that they not be taken from the church. We also put labels on the front covers saying the same thing. There is a wealth of books: recent encyclicals, St Alphonsus’ Visits, the series Praying in the Presence of Our Lord, etc.

    Get as many people involved as possible. It is especially important to get the school children involved in the processions if you have a school. They will need practice and guidence but it can be done. Additionally each class should have a time for prayer before the Blessed Sacrament: 1/2 hour for the youngest children and an hour for all others. The same goes for the religious Education children. They will need careful preparation and catechesis before hand.

    Cancel all other group meetings and activities. Instead have them participate in the services as a group. All parish groups and societies should have a scheduled time. The adults will also need catechesis if this is something that hasn’t been done in a long time. One or two of the group meetings before the 40 Hours worked well for us.

    Parishwide catechesis is important in the weeks before the 40 hours. Sunday Homilies are perfect for this. Many, if not most, people will be unfamiliar with Eucharistic adoration, its theology, purpose, and meaning. If they aren’t prepared the won’t come.

    It’s a lot of work, but if the parish is well prepared and the services are well prepared it can be a tremendous means of grace and the beginning of something new and wonderful.

    If you have any questions or I can help in any way please feel free to contact me at

  9. Justin says:

    I’m sure your schedule is full, Father, but if you’re interested, Immaculate Conception (downtown Cleveland) has a wonderful Extraordinary Rite Mass complete with Polyphony and some chant every Sunday at Noon. I suspect that the priest who celebrates the Mass there the 1st & 3rd Sundays, Fr. Bede, OSB, would be of similar mindset as you regarding the proper liturgical mindset. As a side note, that church is supposed to have the most beautiful stained glass in Cleveland. (German made…for an originally Irish parish…) The Cleveland School of Art students, I’m told, regularly frequent there as part of their studies.

  10. Kim says:

    It’s a sad day in baseball today….Joe Torre is “dissed” and is no longer Manager of the Yanks. Thankfully, baseball season is over….but I thought I heard baseball was being played somewhere??? Did I hear that correctly??

  11. Brian C says:

    You, sir, are perhaps too far worldly oriented with baseball games, food, and cell phones.

    There is an implicit assumption that has emerged from this website, and that is ‘Latin is better.’

    I would much rather see a return to stressing the more accurate scriptural interpretations from what ICEL has watered down for the dumbed down masses. I do recall a certain mass in May refering to the ‘tabernacle’ of David as his ‘hut.’ When in the procession of liturgal discourse that which those in attendance profess as "the Word of God" to words which are not found in any Bible on the face of the earth, it is clear that ‘ecclesiastical free masonry’ has indeed perverted the Church as Father Gobbi related in his missionary outreach "To the Priests." The recent release of the ‘Motu Proprio’ is a clear indication that Vatican II went a bit too far in dismissing Church history in favor of ‘modernistic trends,’ and yet we are still to believe that this was the ‘unction’ of the Holy Spirit?? I trow not.

    Please do not misinterpret my intentions here. I was drawn to this website initially because of the absurdity of ICEL translations of ‘sacred’ text, which has been so horribly misconstrued and stripped of meaning as to render the Word of God and the promulgations of His saints meaningless in the secular world we live in today.

    To be subjected viewing ‘baseball hats’ is just another indication of how worldly modern opinion of all things ‘not relevant to Christ’ has become under the guise of ‘things relevant’ while pretending to claim obeservance and obedience to His will. I would tend to think that those truly fixated on ‘Christ crucified’ have little concern for the outcome of baseball games being played in the United States. And doesn’t this indeed prove the point, that ‘ecclesiastical free masonry’ has polluted the Church, more so than most are inclined to accept or believe…?

    Another winner of the Sour Grapes Award! 

    And, Brian C, where do you get off calling me "Sir"!  That’s "Father" to you!   o{]:¬)

  12. Karen says:

    Father, of those two teams: CLEVELAND, hands down. I have nothing personal against the Red Sox TEAM, I do have something against their fans. These are the jerks who vote for Ted Kennedy, and on NO account should anyone who votes for Ted Kennedy be even fleetingly happy.

    It’s a matter of principle.


  13. Ed says:

    I object to that.

    I am a Red Sox fan who has never- and will never- vote for Ted Kennedy.

    On that note, wear the Red Sox one father.

  14. Angelo says:

    Please refer to the Eucharist as the Holy Eucharist.
    Remember: we can alternate between Our Lord in the
    Holy Eucharist as well as in “The Most Holy Sacrament of
    the Altar”, which really is more appropriate since the
    Forty Hour Devotion is directed to the Holy Eurcharist as
    a Sacrament. (Remember: the Holy Eurcharist is both
    Sacrifice & Sacrament.)
    Dont’ forget the Divine Praises.
    Then, Lord Grant Us Priests
    Lord Grant Us Holy Priests
    Lord Grant Us Many Holy Priests
    Lord Grant Us Many Holy Religious Vocations
    At the conclusion of the 40 Hour, repose the Blessed Sacrment
    with the hymn: “Adoremus in Aeternum Sanctissimum Sacramentum”.
    Recess with a grand polophonic piece.

  15. Ed: Hmm… you might not, with that admonition, be taking my personal safety into account.

  16. Ed says:

    So which did you choose? Cause now I am interested.

  17. Karen says:

    Ed, it’s too bad that MORE BOSTON FANS than not vote for “the swimmer.” I think it safe to say that NO Cleveland fans vote for the frogman.

  18. Karen says:

    Ed, it\’s too bad that MORE BOSTON FANS than not vote for \”the swimmer.\” I think it safe to say that NO Cleveland fans vote for the frogman.

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