Announcing Adorate!

Each year during Corpus Christitide at St Chrysostom’s we have a special time of silent prayer and worship as we give thanks for Holy Communion. The Mass is central to our life and worship at St Chrysostom’s so it’s really good that we have a special time to pause and reflect on the wonder of the Sacrament and say Thank You to God. This thanksgiving is at the heart of the Feast of Corpus Christi.

Usually around Corpus Christi time we have a time of prayer, often 24 hours continuous prayer, in Church before the Sacrament exposed in the monstrance. It has been so encouraging that church members were willing to join the rota and pray at set times even in the middle of the night. Fitting in with our inclusive nature at St C’s we’ve invited anyone who wishes to come and pray.

This year Fr Ian expressed the hope that we could have the traditional Quarante ore devotion. This is 40 hours of such prayer rather than 24 hours. 40 hours are chosen as being the length of time in which it was traditionally believed Jesus lay in the tomb before the Resurrection.

People at St C’s said they were willing to cover the 40 hours, but then we decided we’d love to invite other churches to join in. The 40 hours can be shared, and breaks are allowed. As European Provincial Rector of the Society of Catholic Priests (SCP) Fr Ian decided to see if any other SCP priests would be interested in joining in. The response was wonderful and a schedule of prayer has been drawn up – actually covering many more hours than 40!

From Manchester to Vancouver, Canada, from Sunderland to Honolulu, Hawaii, churches are joining in. All the churches are part of the inclusive Catholic tradition of the Anglican church. We’ll be able to follow progress and join in through social media: #Adorate We’re calling the initiative Adorate!  as it’s simply an instruction, in Latin to ‘adore’ Christ our God.

Adorate! begins and ends at St Chrysostom’s. Bishop Mark Davies opens the devotional time by celebrating the Mass of Exposition on Wednesday 19th June here at St Chrysostom’s at 3pm.

This is a wonderful opportunity to come and immerse ourselves in silence, prayer and holiness, and it’s wonderful to think that in this time other churches will be joining in the prayer of Adorate! This is an initiative St Chrysostom’s aims to continue each year, as we interpret afresh the valuable traditions of our church for our changing world.

And now here is the schedule of participating churches with the times of prayer:

Wednesday 19th June

15.00 – 22.00 St. Chrysostom Manchester

22.00 – 02.00 St. Columba, John Creek, Georgia, USA

Thursday 20th June

08.00 – 09.00  St James Vancouver, Canada

09.00 – 10.00 Llay, Wrexham, Wales

10.00 – 11.00 St. Stephen, Canterbury

11.00 – 13.00 St. Deiniols, Hawarden, Wales

13.00 – 18.00 Newcastle Cathedral

15.00 – 19.00 Atonement, Chicago, USA

18.00 – 19.00 Southwark Cathedral

19.00 –  22.00  Christ Church, New Haven, Conneticut, USA

22.00 – 23.00 St. Mark, Honolulu, Hawaii, USA

23.00 – 01.00 St. Columba, John Creek, Georgia USA

Friday 21th June

01.00 – 02.00 Trinity Ashland, Oregon, USA

09.00 – 10.00 The Ascension, Chelmsford

10.00 – 12.00 St. Mary, Maldon (Chelmsford diocese)

12.00 – 14.00 St. Nicholas, South Ockendon (Chelmsford diocese)

14.00 – 15.00 St. Francis, Barkingside (Chelmsford diocese)

15.00 – 17.00 St. Mary Magdalene, Great Burstead (Chelmsford diocese)

18.00 – 19.00 St. Mary, South Creake (Norwich Diocese)

19.00 – 20.00 St. Stephen, Norbury (Southwark Diocese)

22.00 – 23.00 St. Mark, Honolulu, Hawaii, USA

Saturday 22th June

10.00 – 11.00 St. Georges, Paris, France

15.00 – 18.00 St. Peter, Oughtrington (Chester Diocese)

18.00 – 19.00 St. Andrew, Ferrybridge (Leeds Diocese)

Sunday 23th June

03.00 – 04.00 St. Mary Kansas, USA

St. Mark, Honolulu, USA

18.00 – 19.00 St. Mary Magdalen, Coventry

St. Peter, East Blatchington, Seaford (Chichester Diocese)

19.00 – 20.00 St. Chrysostom Manchester

22.00 – 23.00 St. Mark, Honolulu, USA

Monday 24th June

03.00 – 04.00 St. Mark, Honolulu, USA

08.00 – 09.00 St. James Vancouver, Canada

12.00 – 17.00 St. Michael, South Beddington, Southwark

Tuesday 25th June

14.00 – 17.00 St. Matthew, Westminster

18.00 – 19.00 St. John, Hurst (Manchester Diocese)

19.00 – 22.00 St. Mary, Springwell (Durham Diocese)

Wednesday 26th June

12.00 – 13.00 St. John, Hurst

16.00 – 17.30 St. Clement with St. Peter, Dulwich (Southwark Diocese)

17.00 – 18.00 St. Mary, South Creake

19.00 – 22.00 Holy Trinity, Shaw (Manchester Diocese)

Thursday 27th June

09.00 – 10.00 St. John, Hurst

16.00 – 17.00 St. Chrysostom, Manchester

 Adorate! Concludes with the Mass of Deposition at 5pm at St Chrysostom’s, Manchester

About stchrysostoms

St Chrysostom’s is an Anglican (Church of England) parish church in Manchester, UK. We’re an inclusive, diverse and welcoming faith community rejoicing in our Anglo Catholic tradition, where people of many differing backgrounds make friends. Find our Facebook group at
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