Adoration and 40 Hours Devotion
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What exactly is proper conduct during Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament consist of?
Since Jesus Christ is truly present (body, blood, soul, and divinity) on the altar, silence and reverence is the general rule for proper conduct during Adoration. When you enter or leave the Adoration chapel, you should genuflect on two knees while making the Sign of the Cross. It is called a double genuflection and is a great sign of respect and love for the Lord.
What specific prayers are said? What should one be pondering and/or praying about?
You can say any prayers during Adoration. There are four kinds of prayer: Adoration, Contrition, Thanksgiving, and Supplication/Petition. It is a good idea to try to incorporate each kinds of prayer into your own personal prayers.
You can pray standard devotional prayers like the Rosary or the Divine Mercy Chaplet while in adoration. Or you can just sit and meditate on the life of Jesus Christ. You can read the Sacred Scriptures, to help with your meditation. It is also particulary fruitful to meditate on the Passion, Death, and Ressurection of Jesus. You can read about that in the each of the four Gospels.
How does one go about such prayer?
When you pray, you can talk to Jesus just like He is your best friend sitting next to you. Jesus is truly present there with you and He wants to be your best friend!
Can anyone go to Adoration? Or must one be a member of any special guild or anything?
Anyone can go to Adoration!
What is 40 Hours Devotion?
“We must visit Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament a hundred thousand times a day.”– St. Francis de Sales
The Forty Hours Devotion is 40 hours of prayer before the exposed Blessed Sacrament, where we come face-to-face with Our Lord. This devotion is also widely known as Forty Hours Prayer and Forty Hours Adoration.
The selection of 40 as the number of hours the faithful pray and the Blessed Sacrament is exposed outside the tabernacle is likely because that was the number of hours Jesus spent in the tomb between His death and resurrection. The number 40 is found repeatedly throughout the Old and New Testaments, including: the number of days Jesus fasted and was tempted in the wilderness, the days of rain causing the great flood during Noah’s time, and the years of journey the Israelites wandered in the desert.
For over 500 years one of the most beautiful of all Catholic devotions has been the one known as Quarant Ore , or Forty Hours. The Blessed Sacrament is solemnly exposed for 40 hours outside the tabernacle and continuously adored by the faithful
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