Public Prayer

Eucharistic Exposition and Adoration

This is a public prayer which invites the community into a deeper awareness and presence of Christ as the Bread of Life. This presence fills our hearts and minds with love for God and increases our hunger for the living God which is satisfied by receiving the Body and Blood of Christ. It perpetuates a cycle of life that is centered in Jesus Christ. Eucharistic Exposition is provided on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday in the Chapel after the 6:30 a.m. Mass until the 8:30 a.m. Mass begins. On Tuesdays, it is offered from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. when the Rite of Benediction is conducted. On Friday evenings in the season of Lent (except Good Friday), Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament is held from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., at which time the Rite of Benediction will take place. At 7:30 p.m., the Stations of the Cross will be recited. Following the Stations of the Cross, the Sacrament of Reconciliation is available until Benediction.

Liturgy of the Hours

This is a public prayer of the church that goes back to the early 300s. It incorporates hymns, scripture and psalms, and prayers and petitions. In the monastic tradition every three hours became a time for gathering for prayer using this particular model. The Morning Prayer of the Liturgy of the Hours is prayed Monday through Friday in the St. Andrew Chapel at 8 a.m. while Eucharistic Exposition is taking place. As with Eucharistic Exposition, this prayer form is one that flows from and leads us back to the Eucharist, which is the source and summit of our lives as Catholic Christians.

Stations of the Cross

Stations of the Cross are prayed communally on Fridays during Lent at 7:30 p.m. in the church. “The Way of the Cross” prayer guides are provided for use during this devotional. Stained glass window depictions of the Stations of the Cross have been incorporated into the west wall of the church. These are enhanced with sunlight during the daytime and with exterior lighting during the evening.