Holy Hour Devotion


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The “Holy Hour” made in the presence of Jesus in the Most Blessed Sacrament is a devotion in which we call to mind the Life, Passion, Death and Resurrection of Our Lord. During this hour we seek, through prayer and meditation, the mercy of God, the conversion of souls, the sanctification of sinners and the mitigation of the terrible punishment foretold at Fatima in 1917.  Our Lord, Himself, instructed St. Margaret Mary Alacoque on how to make a Holy Hour. This revelation took place on the Feast of All Saints in 1673.

In 1674, Our Lord appeared again to St. Margaret Mary and complained to her of the indifference with which mankind treated His Love for them and asked her to make atonement for this ingratitude. He said: “Every night, between Thursday and Friday, I will make you a partaker of that sorrow unto death which it was My will to suffer in the Garden of Olives.”  “To join with Me in the humble prayer which I then offered to My Divine Father in agony, you shall rise before midnight, and remain with Me upon your knees prostrate for one hour, with your face to the ground, to appease the anger of My Eternal Father and ask of Him pardon for sinners.”

Jesus made it clear to St. Margaret Mary that through this devotion, He wishes His faithful friends to become partakers of that “sorrow unto death” which He willed to suffer in the Garden of Olives and to join with Him in the humble prayer which He offered to His Father at that time. He also wishes the faithful to appease His Father’s anger and to ask Him to forgive all sinners.