of each month 8.30pm - 9.30pm (September – November,
January - May)
Please consult the parish Newsletter or contact the
Presbytery for more details
The Monthly Holy
Hour is a time of adoration of the Blessed Sacrament,
music and prayer which takes place in our cathedral
after the Vigil Mass from 8.30pm - 9.30pm on the last
Saturday of every month. It is directed by Fr. Brendan
O’Sullivan with a vision of reaching out particularly
to the young of our community and to welcome them to
our community church and to prayer.
Each hour begins
with the Cathedral in low light. Sole focus is on the
illuminated Blessed Sacrament on the altar. A procession
of young people follows with each carrying a candle
towards the altar where they sit to participate in prayer
and adoration. Fr. Brendan leads an hour of adoration,
scripture reading and reflection with prayerful music
accompanying throughout. There is an invitation to listen,
participate, reflect, pray, sing and adore.
The Holy Hour
is a culmination of many hands, and many of these from
the young people of our community who through their
experience of this time of prayer now take the courage
themselves to minister to other young people, offering
them the invitation to come and pray and to participate
in this evening of prayer: they range from the welcoming
committee to the musicians, to the young adult servers
to those who share in the reading of scriptures and
reflections. Another familiar sound is prayer in other
languages welcoming the young people from other places
to be part of our community. The rosary prayer is sometimes
recited part in English, part in Slovakian or Polish.
Another familiar scent is that of incense often carried
in liturgical dance to be placed on the altar: ‘My
prayer rises before you like incense, O Lord’.
This hour of prayer concludes with a Divine Praises
The Holy Hour
seeks to strengthen the perpetual adoration that was
already in place in the Cathedral. It has grown over
the years. What began as a group of eleven now fills
the Cathedral. It has touched the lives of many –
those suffering from illness, bereavement, and addiction.
It has also reached to those outside of our community.
People from other parts of the country and especially
members of the Cenacolo Community, Knock, regularly
join with us. This form of prayer has now touched into
the hearts of young people in two other parishes of
our diocese and they are growing strongly supported
by the Longford group. Everyone is warmly invited to
this time of prayer before the Blessed Sacrament each
month in St. Mel’s Cathedral.