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prayers that you have conducted for the priesthood on the Sundays
of your years upon earth shall be counted at the time when all of
you shall go over the veil. Then you will rejoice with all Heaven
for the number of priestly
souls that you have brought back to the fold."
Lady, September 27, 1986
LIGHT OF THE PRESENT CRISIS in the church, our Christian duty to pray for
our priests assumes a greater importance today than in any time in
history. As such, Our Lady has instructed Veronica to hold a Holy Hour of
reparation every Sunday for the intention of the Holy Father and the
fallen hierarchy in the church, as well as to atone for the profanation of
the day of the Lord.
requested hour of reparation has faithfully been kept since its initiation
in 1970, as the faithful gather at the sacred grounds each and every
Sunday between the hours of10:30 a.m. and noon to offer the 15 decade
Rosary, a litany, and to sing devotional hymns to Our Lady. (The original
time given by Our Lady was 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. but was changed when we moved
in 1975 from the original site of St. Robert Bellarmine Church to our
present open-air site. See Background Story below.)
over three decades, the Sunday Holy Hour has stood as a pillar of
dedication to the cause of the sacred priesthood--a dedication which, to
our knowledge, can not be found anywhere else in the world today. For it
is here on these sacred grounds that those of true faith are praying with
true charity and purpose, bearing the harshest, elements that nature can
dish out so that priests everywhere might be given that grace and
fortitude to rise above the world and remain true to their vows as
representatives of God.
weather can be brutal in New York, and during the course of a year the
pilgrims will endure a, whole spectrum of climatic conditions from a humid
99'F, to a wind chill of -20'F, to a driving rain or snow.
has truly been said, that our priests will only be as holy as we pray them
to be. Our Lady Herself has said that the clergy do not have a special
passport to Heaven (Wisdom 6:5,6), but must merit their way to the kingdom
by carrying their cross and remaining ever true to their vocation.
urge you to begin your own Sunday Holy Hour (call your local organizer)
and, if possible, to unite yours with ours because it is far more
efficacious. St. Louis de Montfort in 77th Secret of the Rosary
states: "Somebody who says his Rosary alone only gains the merit of
one Rosary, but if he says it together with thirty other people he gains
the merit of thirty Rosaries. This is the law of public prayer. . . . It
is very easy [for Satan] to break a single stick, but if you join it to
others to make a bundle it cannot be broken."
that you would be gaining the merit, on the average, of 150 rosaries.
Plus, the added benefit stated by Our Lady (see excerpt above).
preeminent Marian Saint adds: "Public prayer is far more powerful
than private prayer to appease the anger of God and call down His Mercy,
and Holy Mother Church, guided by the Holy Ghost, has always advocated
public prayer in times of public tragedy and suffering."
the Bayside Holy Hour serve as a model and incentive for all concerned
Catholics today, that they, too, will pray and take up their defense for
the priesthood which is now being attacked with a ferocity that only
Lucifer and his agents could contrive.