Holy Cross Parish in Kernersville holds 40 Hours Adoration
KERNERSVILLE — Holy Cross Church in Kernersville held its very first Adoration 10 years ago on the Feast of Corpus Christi.
This spring Kathy Garlow and Geri Breeding, parishioners and Adoration Watch Keepers at Holy Cross, approached Father Paul Dechant, OSFS, with an idea. They wanted to honor the devotion of Adoration by holding a 40 Hours Adoration for the Feast of Corpus Christi. They hoped to teach people about the practice of Adoration of the Most Blessed Sacrament, and encourage others to experience this special and personal time with Jesus.
They gathered together information about the devotion and published that in the bulletins, and Father Dechant spoke about Adoration during his homily in the weeks leading up to Corpus Christi. Information sessions were held in English and Spanish.
Many parishioners signed up to participate in Adoration, which was conducted in a temporary chapel set up in the parish library. During the Sunday Masses, the Blessed Sacrament was processed from the chapel into the church and reposed for the duration of Mass, then processed back to the chapel for exposition.
For the organizers of the 40 Hours Adoration, it was a chance to honor and "give back" to the Lord. For all those who participated, it was an opportunity to experience the grace and wonder of the Lord.
"It is an important milestone in the life of the parish, to recognize and celebrate," Father Dechant said.
-- Annette Tenny, correspondent
Pictured above: Holy Cross Church in Kernersville recently held 40 Hours Adoration during the Feast of Corpus Christi, marking 10 years of Adoration at the parish. Pictured is Father Paul Dechant, OSFS, processing back to the temporary chapel with the Most Blessed Sacrament following the conclusion of Saturday vigil Mass. (Annette Tenny, Catholic News Herald)
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