Quarant’Ore

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About the event

Adoration

The Diocese of Westminster is holding a Quarant’Ore, a 40 hours devotion to Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament.

The reason for this event is to help remind us of the importance of the Blessed Sacrament in our lives, so on the Feast of the Visitation this year we will begin a 40 hours Devotion to the Blessed Sacrament in the Cathedral, which will end on the eve of our celebration of Corpus Christi.

Westminster Youth Ministry will be specifically hosting a two-hour prayer slot on Thursday 31 May, from 19:30-21:30. There will be confession available during this time, and music will be provided to help people to enter into this prayer.

About the Quarant’Ore

The Quarant’Ore devotion began in the 16th century and was particularly popularized by St Philip Neri in Rome, where he sought to sanctify the city during a traditional time of Carnival. This is why it is also traditionally known as a ‘quarant’ore’ from the Italian meaning 40 hours.

But why 40 hours? Well, of course, the number 40 is important in many ways in salvation history, from the number of days of the flood in the time of Noah, to the number of years the Israelites wandered around the desert searching for the promised land. The number is also important because it was for 40 days that Jesus fasted and prayed in the desert before his ministry, and it was 40 days that he spent with his disciples before his ascension to heaven.

In the same way from Thursday, 31 May until Saturday, 2 June we will have the opportunity to come and spend 40 hours before the Blessed Sacrament, to renew our faith in this source and summit of our faith, but also to give time to discern the path that God has prepared for us.