The Chaplet of Divine Mercy is said daily in the Church at 3:00 pm, Mondays through Fridays, please join us! The Novena to the Divine Mercy is said beginning on Good Friday
at 3:00 pm and continues daily at 3:00 pm until the Feast of Divine Mercy the Second Sunday after Easter.
Our Lady of Perpetual Help Devotions take place every First Wednesday of the Month, following the 6:30 pm Mass. The Devotions take place in the side Chapel.
The image of an hour with Jesus has been part of Catholic Tradition since the very beginning. Jesus, in the Garden of Gethsemane, mournfully asked His disciples, "Could you not watch with me one hour?" (Matthew 26:40).
A Holy Hour gives us the opportunity to honor Our Lord's request and place ourselves before Him. We join our own prayers, works, joys, and sufferings with His and "by the mercies of God, present [our] bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is [our] spiritual worship." (Romans 12:1).
How May We Celebrate a Holy Hour?
There are many ways to celebrate a Holy Hour. All that is required is to make ourselves as present as we can be to God.
For instance, we may choose to focus on the offertory we celebrate at each Mass. We know that, in addition to the bread and wine that is offered to God on the paten and in that chalice, we also offer ourselves. We make that offering, our Eucharistic Lord does with us what He does with the Eucharist:
Now as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and blessed, and broke it, and gave it to his disciples and said, "Take, eat; this is my body." (Matthew 26:26)
In the same way, Jesus takes our lives, our gifts, our talents, even our weaknesses, all of which we bring to Him during our Holy Hour. He gives thanks to His Father, breaks us, and offers us as food for the world. This "breaking" comes in the form of refining, purging, challenging, and "growing" us into the people He calls us to become. During our Holy Hour, we can become aware of this refining, this formation, of which Isaiah spoke:
"I am the Lord, I have called you in righteousness, I have taken you by the hand and kept you; I have given you as a covenant to the people, a light to the nations." (Isaiah 42:6)
At its most basic, however, a Holy Hour can be summed up in a simple story: A visitor to a Catholic parish noticed an old man just sitting in the back of the parish with his eyes on the tabernacle. After some time, curiosity got the better of the visitor and he asked the old man, "What are you doing?"
The man replied, "I look at Him, and He looks at me."
A perfectly good Holy Hour can be made simply by sitting in the presence of God. Place yourself in front of the tabernacle or monstrance, and just be (cf. Psalm 46:10). Quietly allow the silence: just you and Jesus, sitting in each other's presence. Some Catholics have jokingly described this simple exercise as "spiritual radiation therapy," because being in the presence of Christ, with a heart open to His love, can change and heal you.
You may find, for instance, that simply trying to be silent is much harder than it may initially seem. A great many voices inside us try to fill the silence. Talk to Jesus about them. Are they voices that need to be listened to, or voices that need to hush for now while you listen to Jesus? As this process goes on, you will discover the truth of something Pope John Paul II pointed out: Jesus doesn’t simply reveal the Father to us. He reveals us to ourselves.
As you continue this form of Holy Hour, continue to hand over to Jesus all the chatter inside you, while asking Him to make clear to you some simple, practical ways you can obey Him on that particular day. Offer that act of obedience to Him and ask Him to bless and guide it. If necessary, jot it down so you don’t forget it.When your Hour is up, go and act on His word.
Another way to make a Holy Hour is to set it aside for meditation on Scripture. One popular way is through Lectio Divina. Lectio Divina consists of four parts that may be compared to stages of growth and harvest:
In the Lectio portion, you toil in the “vineyard” growing and harvesting the “grapes” by reading a portion of the Word of God (the day’s Mass readings, for instance), paying special attention to each word and looking for the connections between the passages you are reading. If you are using Mass readings, the connections should be fairly easy to find, since the readings — particularly the first reading and the Gospel — are generally chosen because they relate to one another in some way. “Grapes” for all the “juice” you can wring from them. One way to begin meditating on the Scripture is simply to begin committing it to memory, repeating just a few words of a verse over and over, until you can recite it perfectly. As you do, you will tend to notice the words and their connections, their connotations, their deeper meanings.
In Oratio, you ponder God’s word in your heart, as Mary did, and talk the Scriptures over with God. In so doing, you “ferment the juice” and let it age into “fine wine.” You ask God questions, wrestle with the text, and try to discover the depths of meaning He put there. For example, you may ponder why Jesus would use spit to heal a blind man when He could have just spoken and achieved the same result; why He called the Canaanite woman a “dog,” but then commended her faith and answered her prayer; what the image of, say, a shepherd or a vine means; or, why the psalmist would say the Lord God is a sun and shield (two things that would not normally be connected, and that don’t seem especially connected to the rest of the images in Psalm 84). Talk to God about all of this. Expect Him to give you insight into both the Scripture and its application to your life. Although this insight may not come during your Holy Hour, the Lord will answer you — just remember to be open to His answer.
Finally, there is Contemplatio: the fruit of your labors with the “grapes” now yields “wine.” As God reveals himself to us through the Scriptures, we begin to see that the truth of God is not merely a collection of facts, but the gift of a Lover to His beloved. We are moved to both gratitude and obedience; indeed, we discover that our gratitude is meaningless without obedience.
Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving, and Supplication
Another way to approach a Holy Hour is through prayers of adoration, confession, thanksgiving, and supplication (ACTS).
Adoration and confession: We tend to think of “prayer” as “asking for stuff.” To be sure, God hears our requests and grants or refuses them according to His will. But Jesus, in teaching us to pray, does not put our request for our daily bread first; instead, He guides us in confessing, acknowledging who God is in our lives, and adoring Him who loves us so much and gives of His very self to us:
Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy Name. Thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
This acknowledgment teaches us:
Thanksgiving and supplication: In acknowledging our lack of control, we also acknowledge that God knows our needs better than we ourselves do, and that He cares for us and provides for us as our loving Father. We give Him thanks for his goodness and make our requests known to Him in prayer, while simultaneously surrendering to His will for us. In the very act of praying, uttering our words of supplication to God, He is present in us, giving us His grace, and guiding us to accept His response to our requests.
An Opportunity of Grace
The Holy Hour is given us by the Church not as a law or a set of rules to keep, but as an opportunity for an open encounter with the living God. The suggestions given here for making a Holy Hour are just that — suggestions. There are many other ways to celebrate a Holy Hour: praying a Rosary, praying a Litany of the Divine Praises, devoting specific periods of prayer to particular needs or particular people, taking time for “holy study” and simply finding a good spiritual writer to read, using the time before celebrating the Sacrament of Penance to do an examination of conscience, or singing hymns. There are, of course, countless other ways to meet with God. What matters is that your encounter with Him be sincere and prayerful, with a genuine openness to let God just look at you (all of you) as you look at Him, allowing the distance between you to diminish.
For More Information
Holy Hour Prayers: LINK
Holy Hour for Vocations: LINK
Holy Hour for Life: LINK
Holy Hour of Reparation: LINK
St. Mary's Prayer Chain
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Our Lady's Favorite Prayer
"Say the Rosary every day...
Pray, pray a lot and offer sacrifices for sinners...
I'm Our Lady of the Rosary.
Only I will be able to help you.
... In the end My Immaculate Heart will triumph."
In recent times the Mother of God has appeared in various parts of the world and asked for the recitation of the Rosary, the prayer she gave to the world centuries ago. It is her favorite prayer for it is essentially a meditation on the life of her Divine Son. The Rosary is a combination of vocal prayer (the Our Fathers & Hail Marys) and of mental prayer, namely, reflection on important events in the life of Christ and His Mother.
"The Rosary, though clearly Marian in character, is at heart a Christocentric prayer. In the sobriety of its elements, it has all the depth of the Gospel message in its entirety, of which it can be said to be a compendium. It is an echo of the prayer of Mary, her perennial Magnificat for the work of the redemptive Incarnation which began in her virginal womb. With the Rosary, the Christian people sit at the school of Mary and is led to contemplate the beauty on the face of Christ and to experience the depths of his love. Through the Rosary the faithful receive abundant grace, as though from the very hands of the Mother of the Redeemer."
~ His Holiness Saint Pope John Paul II, "Rosarium Virginis Mariae"
"The Holy Rosary is not a pious practice banished to the past, like prayers of other times thought of with nostalgia. Instead, the Rosary is experiencing a new springtime. Without a doubt, this is one of the most eloquent signs of love that the younger generation nourishs for Jesus and his Mother, Mary. In the current world, so dispersive, this prayer helps to put Christ at the center, as the Virgin did, who meditated upon all that her Son said and did. When reciting the Rosary, the important and meaningful moments of salvation history are relived. The various steps of Christ’s mission are traced. With Mary the heart is oriented toward the mystery of Jesus. Christ is put at the center of our life, of our time, of our city, through the contemplation and meditation of his holy mysteries of joy, light, sorrow and glory."
~ His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI, "Recitation of the Holy Rosary"
The rosary is said in community at St. Mary Star of the Sea daily 30 minutes prior to the daily masses and at 6:30 pm on Sunday evenings.
***Quarterly, the Knights of Columbus lead a beautiful Pro-Life Rosary and meditation hour, together with sacred music, beginning at 3:50 pm on the chosen Saturday... Please see the homepage and bulletin for updated dates and times for the Pro-Life Rosary hour...***
Below are helpful links for saying the rosary, the scriptural rosary, and more information on the promises and benefits of the rosary...
Expostition of the Blessed Sacrament takes place each Friday afternoon, following the 12:05 pm Mass, and ending with Benediction Friday evening at 6:00 pm.
20-Hour Adoration, takes place normally on the First Friday of each month, and begins after the 12:05 pm Mass, and ends with Benediction on Saturday morning at 9:00 am.
"Jesus I Trust You"