Holy Cross will begin an hour of Eucharistic Adoration on First Thursdays of each month in the church between 6:00 and 7:00 PM.
It was Jesus, Himself, who began the practice of Thursday evening prayer when he entered into the Garden of Gethsemane with his three most trusted disciples. Remembering that the disciples fell asleep and could not watch with Jesus, many of the traditional prayers have reparation for sin as their theme along with a strong intention to be present to Jesus in consolation and thanksgiving. The devotion is still closely related to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. In modern times, those who practice the devotion have also emphasized Jesus' mercy and the nearby Diocese of Camden even uses a Source
Thursday evening holy hour to pray for vocations to the priesthood.
One tradition insists that the Holy Hour be offered from 11 PM to midnight on Thursday, but in researching pastoral practices, churches seem quite flexible in the times the holy hour is offered. We can adjust the time of the hour according to suggestions. It should allow some people to be home from work and school, occur before most parish meetings and activities for the evening and not be so late that people are too tired.
We'll have a host of prayer resources on hand, but the time will be silent and reserved for individual prayer. This could change, depending on the movement of the Holy Spirit. It will also likely be expanded to include every Thursday evening, perhaps at the end of summer.
Please join us and keep watch with Our Lord for one hour.