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Could You Not Watch One Hour?

My dear Friends of Saint Philomena,

We thank you deeply for your most generous and charitable response to the death of Father Enrique Rueda. The Masses, condolences, etc., have been quite overwhelming. Now I am becoming to realise what stature this man had in the Catholic world.

We are working towards a permanent memorial to him in Miami. Your suggestions and donations toward this end will be most appreciated. A set of magnificent vestments, a reliquary, a chalice have been suggested as suitable memoria.

The 40 Hour's Devotion
(Quarant 'ore)

The greatest Liturgest of the 20th Century, Fr Adrian Fortescue, in his most famous work "The Ceremonies of the Roman Rite Described", says the following:

"One of the best know popular devotions in Catholic churches is that exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, lasting part of three days, which we call the devotion of the Forty Hours' Prayer. It is to be held yearly... with the greatest possible solemnity, in all parish churches and in those which the Blessed Sacrament is habitually reserved."

Fr. Fortescue was writing in the early part of the last century and describing something very well known in the Western Catholic Church in so many ways unrecognisable to that which claims to be its successor today.

The devotion of the Forty Hours or (in italian) "Quarant 'ore" is the Exposition of the most Holy Sacramant for at least forty hours beginning with Mass and ending with Mass and Benediction.

The devotion began in Italy the Sixteenth Century. One would imagine the intention was to foster the strengthening of peoples' faith in the Real Presence of Our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament of the altar.

How devilish (literally) it has been that this devotion has been almost completely extinguished in the Church since Vatican Council II (1962-1965), probably "because it upsets the Protestants".

In 1990 the catholic bishops of the U.S.A. admitted that 65% of so-called Catholics no longer believed in the Real Presence of Jesus Christ in the Holy Eucharist.


For the previous 25 years the Forty hours was done away with, as were "Holy Hours" and Benediction. We were told that since we were "adult Christians" we no longer needed to be fed like babies with the Host in our mouths. So we were told to pick up God like a biscuit and nibble Him, especially if He was wholemeal (far better for the health). By the way, "chew hard!".

We reintroduced the Forty Hours to Miami in 1991. For a number of reasons we have not repeated it. This is to our shame. This year the "Quarant 'ore" will be celebrated from Sunday 24th of Cotober to Tuesday the 26th. Please join us to watch before our Lord, bringing Him all our adoration, concerns and love.

A Plenary Indulgence, on the usual conditions (Confession, holy Communion within 8 days and prayers for the Holy Father's intentions) may be gained by praying before the Blessed Sacrament for at least one half of an hour.

The Holy Father's Intentions are:

The Exaltation of Holy Church
The Propagation of the Faith
The Extirpation of Heresy
The Conversion of Sinners
Concord amongst Christioan Nations


Sunday, 24th. October: 11:00 a.m. High Mass and Exposition

Monday, 25th. October: 10:00 a.m. Mass for Peace

Tuesday, 26th. October: 10:00 a.m. High Mass and Benediction

The Month of All Souls

Masses for the Dead will be celebrated every day from the 1st. November to the 9th. To participate in these Masses, please use an envelope to send your intentions as soon as possible.

Please continue to pray for the Repose of the Soul of Father Enrique Rueda.

With every blessing!

The Reverend Father Timothy A. Hopkins, Administrator