40 Hours Devotion - Rockdale

28 Feb - 1 Mar
Child Jesus & St Joseph Church - Rockdale, NSW

The Forty Hours in reparation for the offenses of the Mardi Gras will take place from the evening of Friday, 28th of February, to Sunday, 1st March. Please sign up in the hall: there should always be at least two people present before Our Lord.

The 40 Hours Devotion is a special period of continuous prayer during which the Holy Eucharist is exposed in a monstrance for adoration. The devotion begins with a "Mass of Exposition" followed by continuous adoration over a 40-hour period. It ends with a "Mass of Reposition", and Benediction. Both these Masses are accompanied by a procession of the Blessed Sacrament and by the chanting of the litanies of the saints. On the intervening day a solemn Mass pro pace (for peace) is offered. In the Bible the number 40 is associated with a sacred period of time: the rain at the time of the flood of Noah lasted 40 days and nights, and the Hebrews wandered in the desert for 40 years on the way to the Promised Land. Moses fasted 40 days twice while receiving the 10 Commandments from God. Elias also fasted 40 day. Jesus, as well, fasted for 40 days before beginning his public ministry. The devotion was promoted by both Saint Philip Neri and Saint Ignatius of Loyola in the 1500s.