Solemn Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament used to be called by the Latin name, Quarant Ore which means forty hours. That was the length of time that the Blessed Sacrament was exposed on the altar continuously, even throughout the night. Forty is a number very much in evidence in the scriptures.
St. Clare's Parish held their annual Solemn Exposition on July 2nd, 3rd & 4th. The Exposition began with a short Service in St. Clare's school and continued with a procession from the school to the church. In church there was a short Service of Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament and the children then filed out in silence. They were very respectful.
On Friday evening the Exposition concluded with the usual First Friday Holy Hour to which those in ministry in the parish are encouraged to attend to 'feed' their ministry. Saturday the exposition ran from after the Novena Mass to just before the beginning of the Vigil Mass. At all times throughout the three days the Blessed Sacrament was never left alone in church, there was always someone there to 'watch.' On Sunday the exposition began after the morning Mass and concluded with a Holy Hour to pray for families at 3 to 4pm on Sunday.
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