To celebrate the Solemnity of Christ the King this year, there will be 40 Hours Adoration in the Cathedral, beginning with Mass at 7:30 pm on Friday, 24th November and concluding with Solemn Vespers and Benediction at 4 pm on Sunday 26th November.
As part of the 40 Hours Devotion, Confessions will be heard in the Cathedral continually from 12 noon to 12 midnight on Saturday 25th November.
While each parish of the diocese will be assigned to a particular hour of adoration, people are in no way restricted to their parish’s hour. It is hoped that people from the Diocese will come to the Cathedral during this time to pray. The designated Adoration hour in the Cathedral for Kilbeggan and Rahugh Parish is
Saturday 25th 9 a.m. — 10 a.m.
Bishop Deenihan has asked that prayers would be offered for the following intentions during the weekend:
• We pray for the young people and their families preparing for the Sacraments; that they may truly recognise him in the breaking of bread at Sunday Mass and be filled by his Eucharistic presence. May they bear witness to Jesus present in the Eucharist in their daily lives through acts of love and service.
• We pray for a return to the Eucharist in our parish communities; may those who feel indifferent or feel isolated from the Church rediscover the love of Jesus in the Eucharist and find in our parishes a place of welcome, nourishment and healing. We pray particularly for those still reluctant to return to worship in our churches.
• For vocations to the priesthood and religious life in our diocese: may our young people be open to voice of the Lord and be strengthened by the Eucharist to answer the call to serve Him in his people.
“Only in adoration, only in the presence of the Lord, do we truly rediscover our taste and passion for evangelization. Oddly enough, we have lost the prayer of adoration; and everyone, priests, bishops, consecrated men and women, need to recover it, this ability to be quiet in the Lord’s presence.” Pope Francis, World Youth Day 2023, Lisbon