Clergy are encouraged to make a daily holy hour. Eucharistic Adoration will help them to find quiet time fulfil their vital obligation to pray the Divine Office.
Seminarians and clergy can be trained and asked by their bishop to spend one hour daily in adoration, with exposition of the Blessed Sacrament whenever possible. This would greatly bless their ministry and set an example that will attract souls to love, adore and worship God. Besides providing the Sacraments and opportunities for perpetual adoration, what could be more important for priests than prayer and adoration?
Enjoy listening to seminarians teaching Gregorian Chant while reading this page:
In Sinu Jesu is a popular Eucharistic book for clergy and seminarians. You can order a printed copy in our shop here: https://eucharisticadorationcanada.com/product/in-sinu-jesu/
Venerable Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen wrote in his autobiography “A Treasure in Clay”:
“On the day of my Ordination, I made two resolutions:
“1. I would offer the Holy Eucharist every Saturday in honor of the Blessed Mother to solicit her protection on my priesthood. The Epistle to the Hebrews bids the priest offer sacrifices not only for others, but also for himself, since his sins are greater because of the dignity of the office.
“2. I resolved also to spend a continuous Holy Hour every day in the presence of our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament.”
Above article is attached with the permission of: http://www.ignatiusinsight.com/features2005/print2005/sheen_hour_july05.html
For more on Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen see: http://www.bishopsheentoday.com
The Congregation for the Clergy, Claudio Cardinal Hummes, addressed a letter to every diocesan bishop in the world calling for Eucharistic Adoration for the sanctification of priests and spiritual maternity, after the example of Mary, Mother of the Eternal and High Priest, Jesus Christ.
The Holy Eucharist and a Holy Priesthood: http://www.therealpresence.org/archives/Priesthood/Priesthood_016.htm
Photo: courtesy of the Madonna House Apostolate
“The Madonna House Apostolate is a family of Christian lay men, women, and priests, striving to incarnate the teachings of Jesus Christ by forming a community of love. We are an ‘Association of the Faithful’ within the Roman Catholic Church, under the bishop of the Diocese of Pembroke.”
Their main house and training centre in Combermere Ontario offers exposition 6/7 days of the week for members and visiting live-in guests. There is a sign-up sheet for 9am until 5pm or 8pm. They offer both the Roman rite Mass and the Byzantine rite Divine Liturgy.
Confraternity of Priest Adorers and lay associate adorers making daily holy hour: https://www.cenacleosb.org/adorers
Another confraternity making a daily holy hour: https://www.mercifulpriest.org/
Make Holy Hours for Priests:
Opus Angelorum Chalice of Strength Prayers for Priests:
A foundation of prayer and formation for priests and seminarians is being built: https://www.foundationforpriests.org
Archbishop Fulton J Sheen Mission Society of Canada:
How did St. John Vianney resuscitate his parish?
To obtain the conversion of his parish, St. John Vianney spent up to 12 hours a day in adoration before the Tabernacle. After he obtained the conversion of the parish he spent up to 14 hours in the confessional and admired St Peter Julian Eymard who could dedicate his life totally to Eucharistic adoration.
His favourite one sentence sermon was to point at the Tabernacle and say “He is there!”
It is said that the Devil told him, “If there were three such priests as you, my kingdom would be ruined.” St. John Vianney’s parish in France has perpetual Eucharistic adoration.
Surely priests can spend just one hour a day in Eucharistic adoration. A Canadian bishop who was responsible for promoting adoration and commissioned our organization to join in this mission, invited all of his priests to make a daily holy hour, all at the same time wherever they are stationed.
Adoration leads to more vocations: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kfnHAWKI7dE[/
Seminary of Christ the King – a high school, college and priestly formation seminary has been conducted by the Benedictines of Westminster Abbey since 1939 : http://sck.ca
Fr. David Nugent of the Missionaries of the Most Holy Eucharist speaks about how he experienced the call to the priesthood and vocations to this clerical association:
Spiritual Reading on Adoration:
- Eucharistic Adoration for the Sanctification of Priests and Spiritual Maternity (PDF)
- Saint Peter Julian Eymard – The Real Presence
- Saint Peter Julian Eymard – The Eucharist and Christian Perfection
- By a Benedictine Monk – In Sinu Jesu
- Confraternity of Priest Adorers – those who pledge to make a daily holy may want to also join this group
Most of what St. Pope John Paul II wrote, was written during adoration of Blessed Sacrament.
Adoration for Vocations:
Prayer and labour fill day for Benedictine Monks:
St. John Vianney, Patron of Priests, pray for us and for all priests!