40 Hours with the Lord Retreat

Thursday, October 22 - Sunday, October 25, 2020

Sponsored by The Office of Campus Ministry for the Archdiocese of Newark

Hosted by the St. John Henry Newman Catholic Center at Montclair State University

Tune in here for the Facebook live stream from RedHawk Catholic - Newman Catholic at MSU. Turn the sound on the for the video feed (it is muted automatically). To see the recordings of the talks already given, check out the "Talks" tab.


What is this?

Traditionally, “40 hour devotion” was an annual event held by Catholic Churches to invite their parishioners to spend time worshiping Jesus Christ, present in the Eucharistic Host in a period of Solemn Adoration for 40 hours. This devotion has taken place for centuries. It began as a way for Catholics as a sign of repentance for their sins and praying to God during times of war and crisis and then became a popular tradition for the People of God to deepen their devotion to Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament.

Why “40 hours” ?

We see in both the Old and New Testament the number 40 signifies a “sacred time.” The rains that flooded the earth during the time of Noah was 40 days and nights... the Jews wandered in the wilderness for 40 days before being able to enter the Promised Land... Jesus as He prepares to begin His public ministry would fast and pray for 40 days. In addition, “40 hours” recalls the time Jesus was in the tomb from when Jesus died on Good Friday (before Sunset) and His resurrection on Easter Sunday Morning.

For more about the devotion, check out this article.

What does the 40 hours entail?

The focus is on Jesus Christ present in the Eucharist. So there will be Mass and Eucharistic Adoration throughout the scheduled hours, along with praying some of the hours of what is called “The Divine Office” (which is the daily prayer that priests and religious promise to pray several times every day); the Divine Mercy Chaplet; the Rosary; as well as talks being offered by members of Campus Ministry, FOCUS serving in the Archdiocese of Newark.

Unlike a retreat where all participants would attend all of the scheduled things together, the 40 hour schedule is made to allow people to join as much and as often as they like and their schedule permits, while even when we’re not present, to remember that the Church is constantly at prayer.

To accommodate ongoing COVID regulations - this will be both VIRTUAL and IN PERSON. The Chapel at the Newman Center at Montclair State will be where Eucharistic Adoration will take place throughout the scheduled days - and people are not only invited but encouraged to join us. In accordance with state and Archdiocesan guidelines, the Chapel can accommodate 6 people per time - and all visitors must maintain distance in the chapel as well as wear a mask. In addition, to assure an orderly attendance, sign ups will be required. So there will be slots available where a person can sign up for an “hour” at a time. You can sign up for multiple slots over the days or just a single time.

Before and after those scheduled times, there will be food and hospitality available in both our basement and next door (Newman II) - so if a group of students from a particular campus wanted to come together and spend some time in fellowship, you’d be welcomed to do so, obviously following the normal protocols we’ve been asked to observe.