June 29th marks the 60th anniversary of the ordination of Our Holy Father Pope Benedict XVI to the sacred priesthood. In honour of Our Holy Father’s jubilee the Sacred Congregation for the Clergy has encouraged Catholics throughout the world to join in sixty hours of Eucharistic adoration. These hours before the Blessed Sacrament are to be especially dedicated to prayer for the sanctification of priests and to beg God for the gift of new priestly vocations. This period of adoration will culminate on July 1st which this year is the Solemnity of Sacred Heart of Jesus.
The Archbishop of Westminster, Vincent Nichols, said “For the Holy Father to turn then that anniversary into something greater for the Universal Church shows his ultimate care as the supreme shepherd of the Church for the flock entrusted to him.”
Therefore we are pleased to announce that there will be exposition of the Blessed Sacrament in the priory chapel of St. Philip’s Priory. This period will begin with the conventual Mass at 8am on June 29th and conclude with Benediction on Friday July 1st at 8:30pm. Please come and spend some time with Our Lord to join your prayers with those of the whole Church as we pray for the intentions of the Holy Father; for priests and for vocations.
The Solemnity of the Sacred Heart is especially linked to the Blessed Sacrament in our Norbertine tradition. In the Premonstratensian missal we find that Saturday within the Octave of the Sacred Heart was celebrated as the ‘Triumph of St. Norbert’. This feast recalls the victory of the preaching of St. Norbert and his canons over the heretic Tanchelm in Antwerp. During this period of prayer then let us beg the prayers of Our Holy Father Norbert, True Defender of the Most Blessed Sacrament of the Altar and so too recall his words to priests;
“And so, what art thou O Priest?
Nothing and everything”