February 25, 2018

Pastor’s Keyboard : If at some point you happen to wake up early in the morning, and you find it is around 6:30am or so, come to St. Cecilia for Holy Hour, or as some call it “The Hour of Power”.

The most surprising part of all is that you may find most of the year you will not be alone.  Even more shocking, you will notice that most of those who come to pray before our Lord are of high school or college age.  During the year, this is true most mornings, and during Lent the numbers grow even larger. Yet, at both St Cecilia Monday through Friday from 6:00am-7:20am, and at St. Peter Claver convent chapel from 7:00am-8:00am, Jesus waits for us in silence.  Not because He needs our adoration (being God and a Trinity of persons, He needs nothing from us), but because we need God.

Lent is a time where we need to make more time in front of the Lord in silence.  The church and the world are quiet in the early morning.  As Spring starts to approach, you hear the birds chirping, but it is as if you can hear them singing the praises of the Lord.

Some of these young men will tell you that one of the hardest things they do each morning is wake up very early to come to Holy Hour, and some can even stay for mass. They will be the first to tell you that they have not had a single day when they regret coming to that hour.  How many of you could spend an hour with the Lord this Lent, if even for just one hour a week?

No, you do not have to come to the Holy hour here at St. Cecilia or St. Peter Claver. You can visit the perpetual adoration chapel at St. Michael’s where Jesus is exposed every day of the year, or the adoration chapel at Immaculate Heart of Mary in Lexington Park.

Jesus is waiting for you; will you wait on Him?


Your Brother in Christ,

Father Scott

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