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By Jennifer Gregory Miller, Catholic Culture,  Nov 09, 2021

Jennifer Gregory Miller is an experienced homemaker, mother, CGS catechist and authority on living the liturgical year. She is the primary developer of’s liturgical year section.


Our parish recently completed a Forty Hours’ Devotion. I admit this is the first Forty Hours I have ever attended (that I can remember. Perhaps I did as a child?). The devotion is a part of a larger diocesan preparation for our Golden Jubilee in three years. This first year of this preparation is devoted to Remembrance, and it includes having many of the parishes in the diocese hosting Forty Hours. Our parish was the first.

I recall when I was a young girl thumbing through an old prayerbook (I think it was Key of Heaven?). I came across a section on “Forty Hours.” I had no idea what it meant, and my first thought was that I would have to be in church, pray and stay awake for 40 hours…and I didn’t think that I could ever manage something so extreme. My imagination definitely ran wild as to thinking how that would take a really strong person to do something like that. …

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