Monday, June 22, 2009

Holy Hour for the Year of Priests and the Year of the Two Hearts

The Year 2009-2010 has been declared as the Year for Priests by Pope Benedict XVI. Coinciding with this celebration, the CBCP has also called for the observance of the "Year of the Two Hearts for Peace-Building and Lay Participation in Social Change" in view of the coming National Presidential Elections.

For this twice special year, the Archdiocese of Manila has prepared a Holy Hour (with three sets of readings) to be used especially on First Friday devotions to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and First Saturday devotions to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.
A central activity of the Year for Priests and Year of the Sacred Heart and Immaculate Heart of Mary in the Archdiocese of Manila will therefore be the Holy Hour on First Fridays (with adoration to First Saturdays) in all parishes and chapels beginning on the first Friday of July. We present to you the Holy Hour Liturgy to be used for these First Friday Holy Hour and Adoration to First Saturdays. Our intentions, prayers and reflections are mindful of the exhortation of the Holy Father for the need to pray for priests and their sanctification so that they may ever more fervently mirror the life of Jesus Christ. The Holy Hour (and Adoration) is also aimed at instilling greater spiritual growth among the faithful by heightening their devotion to the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus and Immaculate Heart of Mary. Let this period dedicated by the Church for the Sanctification of Priests inflame in us and in all the faithful under our care a deeper love for Jesus and His most Sacred Heart, full of trust on Mary, His Mother, and our Mother, too, that she will constantly and lovingly guide us to Her Son.
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