About the Book
Fulton Sheen once wrote that the purpose of the Holy Hour—a sustained, uninterrupted hour of prayer in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament—is to encourage a deep personal encounter with Christ. “Looking at the Eucharistic Lord for an hour,” he wrote, “transforms the heart in a mysterious way.” Pope St. John Paul II, Pope Benedict XVI, and Pope Francis all joined Sheen in recommending Eucharistic Adoration as a foundational spiritual practice.
Today, however, the hidden power of the Holy Hour radiates with special urgency—both for the Church and for the culture. Many Catholics no longer believe in or even understand the doctrine of the Real Presence; many Protestants are disconnected from the historical reality, and centrality, of the Eucharist; and people of all backgrounds, overwhelmed by the noise and speed of postmodern life, seek refuge in various forms of meditation and mindfulness. To all of these groups, the Holy Hour offers a life-changing opportunity: the silence and simplicity of being in the presence of God.
The Holy Hour is a unique collection of hymns, poetry, prayers, and reflections for Adoration from across two thousand years of Catholic tradition. Structured around Bishop Robert Barron’s threefold classification of Real Presence, Holy Sacrifice, and Sacred Meal, readers will explore the Eucharistic hymns of St. Thomas Aquinas, key passages from the Catechism of the Catholic Church, verses from both saints and lesser-known poets, and reflections from Bishop Barron and the great heroes of the Word on Fire movement. The Holy Hour is designed to inspire readers to stay close to Christ in the Blessed Sacrament, guide their prayer and contemplation in his presence, and spark the revival of silent Adoration that the world so desperately craves.
About the Editor
Matthew Becklo is a writer, editor, and the Publishing Director for Bishop Robert Barron’s Word on Fire Catholic Ministries.
His writing is featured at Word on Fire, Strange Notions, and Aleteia, and has also appeared in Inside the Vatican magazine and the Evangelization & Culture journal, and online at First Things, RealClear Religion, and The Catholic Herald.
He has also contributed essays for Wisdom and Wonder: How Peter Kreeft Shaped the Next Generation of Catholics and The New Apologetics: Defending the Faith in a Post-Christian Era, and edited multiple books, including the Word on Fire Classics Flannery O’Connor Collection.
He lives in New York with his wife, Elizabeth, and their four children.
An introduction from Fulton Sheen’s Treasure in Clay reflecting on the importance of the Holy Hour
A foreword by Bishop Robert Barron
The Eucharistic hymns of St. Thomas Aquinas in both Latin and English
Over twenty-five poems with Eucharistic resonances from saints like John Paul II, Edith Stein, John of the Cross, and Thérèse of Lisieux, and poets like Gerard Manley Hopkins, Dante, G.K. Chesterton, and more
Relevant passages from the Catechism of the Catholic Church on the Eucharist and Eucharistic Adoration, as well as key passages from Sacred Scripture
Brief theological and spiritual reflections from Bishop Barron and many of the heroes of Word on Fire, including Flannery O’Connor, St. Irenaeus, Hans Urs von Balthasar, Thomas Merton, St. Teresa of Avila, Dorothy Day, J.R.R. Tolkien, St. Teresa of Kolkata, and more
Eucharistic prayers from St. John Henry Newman, Thomas à Kempis, St. Ignatius of Loyola, St. Thomas More, the Didache, St. Maximilian Kolbe, St. Catherine of Siena, St. Augustine, Padre Pio, and more
The Prayers for Exposition and Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament
A prayer from each one of the twelve “Pivotal Players”
And even more!
The Holy Hour: Meditations for Eucharistic Adoration
Foreword - Bishop Robert Barron
Introduction to the Holy Hour- Fulton J. Sheen
Opening Prayer and Hymn (with O Salutaris Hostia)
I. Real Presence
1. Christ Is Here
3. The Bread of Eternal Life
4. Waiting in Silence
5. The Flesh of God
6. To Whom Can We Go?
7. To the End of the Age
8. One Body
Hymn: Adoro Te Devote
II. Holy Sacrifice
9. Thanksgiving and Praise
10. The Passover Lamb
11. The Crucified One
12. He is Risen
13. The Eternal Priest
14. Do This in Remembrance
15. The Sacrifice of the Church
16. Living in Love
Hymn: Lauda Sion
III. Sacred Meal
17. The Passover Meal
18. Forgiveness and the Feast
19. The Holy Mountain
20. All Ate and Were Filled
21. Our Daily Bread
22. Feeding the Lambs
23. Hunger and Thirst
24. The Marriage Supper
Hymn: Sacris Solemniis
III. Additional Meditations
Prayers for Exposition and Benediction
of the Blessed Sacrament
Recent Popes on Eucharistic Adoration
Prayers from Word on Fire
Prayers of the “Pivotal Players”
Other Prayers before the Eucharist
Closing Prayer and Hymn (with Tantum Ergo)