For years I’ve contended that we need a strong revival of the Forty Hours Devotion.
Forty Hours Devotion developed in time of necessity. It is not a kind of long Corpus Christi. It is not a long Holy Thursday.
It grew up to beg God for relief and protection from plague and invasion and other calamities. It is a mighty public supplication to the Eucharistic Lord in time of trial.
Plague… invasion and calamities. Sound familiar?
I was sent this video of Forty Hours at the mighty Brompton Oratory. I sure miss that place and visits to London.
Once, dioceses had Forty Hours going on somewhere every week. The year’s schedule for the churches where Forty Hours would be was even published in secular papers. The clergy would invite each other to participate and priests would come to pray and then to spend time together afterwards… serious and good clericalism! The final Mass was, under the Clementine Instruction about Forty Hours, is celebrated coram Sanctissimo!