Every Thursday evening St Gemma made a Holy Hour in honour of the passion and sufferings of Our Lord Jesus Christ in the Garden of Gethesame. She made this Holy Hour faithfully each week until her death.
I was introduced to The Holy Hour through the love of my sister in Christ St Gemma to whom I am extremely grateful. It is by the Grace of God that I came to know St Gemma and be privileged to practice The Holy Hour.
The Holy Hour is an hour of meditation on the passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ in the garden of Gethsemane. It was introduced and practised by St. Margaret Mary Alacoque after she had a vision of Jesus in 1673. Jesus instructed her to spend an hour every Thursday night to meditate on His sufferings in the Garden of Gethsemane. This practice is now widespread among Roman Catholics.
St. Paul of the Cross took it as his life’s mission to spread the importance on devotion to the Passion of Our Redeemer.
To die on the Cross to save each and every one of us from our sins was an act of perfect love. There is nothing more moving to our hearts than the thought of someone undergoing suffering, for our sakes, when all they ask for is a return of love, but instead to only receive the indifference of mankind now and in the future generations to come.
Meditating on this thought with a sincere determination to atone for the ingratitude of people and partake in that sorrow that Our Lord went through is the nature of The Holy Hour.
The Holy Hour makes us aware of the pain, suffering and sacrifice that Our Lord Jesus Christ went through to save us and set us free.
“God has suffered much for us. Ought we not suffer something for Him?” – St Paul of The Cross
All Jesus asks of you is one hour of your time to spend with Him.
The Holy Hour not only brings us close to Jesus but it also exposes the evil forces that act on us and stops them in their tracks. We start to become aware of them and recognise them for what they really are. This puts us in a position where we can stand up to them and defeat them. Defeating these evil forces places us in a state of complete mastery.
“The Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ is the shortest way to perfection” – St Paul of The Cross.
When one is in a state of complete mastery one is in complete control. One is not influenced by this world but is a devout servant of Almighty God. It is only then that you will be filled with that everlasting joy and complete peace that this world can never take away from you.
It is of utmost importance that you spent a minimum of 1 hour a week, preferably each Thursday evening, practicing the Holy Hour. Jesus Christ has granted us the gift of total freedom. Not only freedom from sin but also from the dark forces which oppose us. We need to know how to walk into this freedom and escape from the chains that bind us. Meditating on the Holy Hour does exactly that. It removes all darkness from your life and replaces it with pure light, peace, love and joy.