Holy Hours

The two most powerful ways to grow your parish vocation ministry are individual and group Holy Hours before the Blessed Sacrament.

Serra Participation

  • Serrans contact parish officials to get approval for Holy Hour at church.
  • Serra club Publicizes the Holy Hour for Vocations.
  • Serrans prepare Holy Hour script and program.
  • Serrans organize and coordinate the Holy Hour at the church.

Summary

The two most powerful ways to grow your parish vocation ministry are individual holy hours before the Blessed Sacrament and, once or twice a year, celebrating a vocation holy hour as a parish community.

Program Outline

The Catholic devotional tradition of a Holy Hour has taken on a new dimension with the increasing popularity of priestly vocations as a main intention.

Praying a Holy Hour for an increase in vocations has found some prominent advocates, from associations devoted to Eucharistic adoration to high-ranking Church leaders. What’s more, reports from various dioceses have told of parallels between the growth in frequency of Eucharistic adoration and the growth in the number of vocations.

The USCCB encourages Catholics to engage in Holy Hour with the intention of an increase in vocations to their respective dioceses and around the world. Serra has its own customized resources to provide guidance on this to members within their respective chapters—and these resources can also be utilized by any other lay organization within the Church.

Outline

  • One-hour devotional
  • Conducted as Eucharistic adoration in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament
  • For small or large groups
  • Holy Hour includes…
    • Songs
    • Readings
    • Time for silent prayer
    • Time for silent meditation and adoration
    • Time for silent reflection

All Year

Lead Time 1-2 months

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Low Effort

Low Cost

Program History and Development

Holy Hour is a Catholic devotional tradition that dates back to the 17th century and St. Margaret Mary Alacoque of France. Over the years, there have appeared numerous variations on intentions to be prayed for within the hour-long devotion, which is undertaken by spending an hour in Eucharistic adoration.

The power of such prayer has been extolled throughout the Church; as applied to vocations, Holy Hour has found some prominent advocates. The Pope John Paul II Eucharistic Adoration Association holds that, “Grace through group prayer puts a great resource within our midst… [i]nspiration from the Holy Spirit guides us to help channel some of this prayerful energy to support our ordained clergy and seminarians, as well as amplifying the call to vocations.”

More generally, the role of laypeople in engaging regularly in prayer for vocations has been emphasized strongly by Church leaders. In a homily to the faithful of the Archdiocese, Bishop Raymond Goedert of Chicago once remarked, “You have been called to be leaders. Pray for an increase of vocations to the priesthood and religious life. You, the laity, have the power to save the Church!”

““Let us face the vocations challenge with that equanimity and realism which take into account the
effectiveness of prayer,
and which are never devoid of supernatural hope.”

Pope St. John Paul II