Annual Forty Hours Devotion!

December 1 – 3, 2018
Schedule TBD

The Forty Hours Devotion is a special period of prayer made before the Blessed Sacrament in solemn exposition. The focus is upon our Lord in the Holy Eucharist. It begins with a Mass of Exposition, which concludes with the exposition of the Blessed Sacrament. The Blessed Sacrament remains on the altar in a Monstrance while the faithful gather for personal or public prayer in adoration of our Lord.  This devotion provides a wonderful opportunity for the spiritual growth of each person and the parish as a whole. Devotion can be seen almost like a parish mini-retreat or mission. The devotion was introduced into our Archdiocese by Saint John Neumann, our fourth bishop.


2017 Forty Hours Devotion
Theme: “The Eucharist: proof that God answers the prayers of His people.”

Schedule of Devotions

Sunday – 3 December 2017
11:00 AM – Solemn Mass and Exposition of the Most Blessed Sacrament in the Basilica

12:30 PM – 4:00 PM – Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament (Time for Personal Prayer)
6:30 PM – Solemn Mass in the Basilica

Monday – 4 December 2017
12:05 PM – Mass and Exposition of the Most Blessed Sacrament in the Basilica

1:00 PM – 7:00 PM – Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament (Time for Personal Prayer)
7:00 PM – Solemn Vespers with Benediction of the Most Blessed Sacrament

Tuesday – 5 December 2017
12:05 PM – Mass and Exposition of the Most Blessed Sacrament in the Basilica

1:00 PM – 7:00 PM – Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament (Time for Personal Prayer)
7:00 PM – Solemn Vespers with Procession and Benediction of the Most Blessed Sacrament

*Sign-up sheets have been placed in the Basilica vestibule for everyone to commit to a particular time for Adoration of our Lord.

The Cathedral Parish, as the Mother Church of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, has the honor of beginning the new Liturgical Year with our Annual Eucharistic Devotion, the Parish Forty Hours.  All are encouraged to participate in this splendid devotion that highlights for us the Real Presence of Christ in His Holy Body and Blood. Come spend time with our Lord at the Liturgies of our Forty Hours Devotion, and be sure to spend some time each day during the quiet hours as well. By visiting and remaining with our Eucharistic Lord in this way, He helps us to better know, love and serve Him.

We are most fortunate, this year, to have Father Thomas Viviano as the preacher for our Forty Hours Devotions.  “The Eucharist: proof that God answers the prayers of His people,” will be the theme of Father Viviano’s preaching. Father Thomas Viviano was ordained to the priesthood in 2013, and was first assigned as a parochial vicar at Holy Innocents Parish in Philadelphia. Currently, he serves as the priest secretary to Archbishop Chaput. He is also the vocations coordinator for the Hispanic apostolate, and is an adjunct spiritual director and the director of major ceremonies at St. Charles Borromeo Seminary.