24 Hours for the Lord 2016

Mar 17, 2016 | [post_view] Views


They say that “time” is of the essence and that it should be spent well as nothing can turn it back once it’s passed.

Back in 2015, the Pontifical Council for the New Evangelization initiated and organized a so called “24 Hours for the Lord” which is celebrated by all the Catholics around the world. This was intended to give a full 24 hours of deep reflection and prayer which is manifested in the Sacrament of Confession and the Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. With this, Pope Francis once again invited all the parishes in the world to open their doors for the faithful to have a meaningful encounter with Jesus Christ. In response to this, the Vicariate of St. Jerome in the Archdiocese of Cagayan de Oro hosted by Santuario Eucaristico successfully offered the holy 24 hours for the Lord.

It started with an opening mass last March 4, 2016 that was presided by Fr. Joel R. Lasutaz, SSS then followed by a talk about the “Sunday Eucharist” by Fr. Boy Salvador, SSJV. During the session, we’ve learned the history and challenges of the sanctification of the Sunday Mass. Where it was emphasized that according to the Code of Canon Law (c. 1247), attending the Sunday Mass is an obligation of the faithful as it is the day of the church, the people and the Lord. After answering some questions, we continued with the Silent Adoration followed by the 6pm mass and the Stations of the Cross.

The next few hours were spent in adoration once again. By 11:30am, a talk on the “Eucharist and Washing of the Feet” was given by Fr. Joel R. Lasutaz, SSS which was followed by the simple benediction and culminating mass presided by Msgr. Rey S. Monsanto, JCD, HP, SSJV and the concelebrating priests: Fr. Joel R. Lasutaz, SSS, Fr. Muriel Uy, SSS and Fr. Clifford Barrios, SSS.

We are thankful to all the lay who participated and offered their time to the Lord. We may not be able to give 24 hours to the Lord but little things matter, an hour offered to the Lord is a gift. Thank you for making the “24 Hours for the Lord” happen. And we would also like to encourage everyone to offer prayer daily and attend mass always.

May the Lord bless us all!