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Every Friday, our parish will hold a Holy Hour of Eucharistic Adoration in the Church.
This is a devotional tradition of spending an hour in Eucharistic adoration in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament. Adoration is a sign of devotion to and worship of Jesus Christ, who we believe to be present Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity, under the appearance of the consecrated host. As a devotion, Eucharistic adoration and meditation are more than merely looking at the Blessed Host, but are believed to be a continuation of what was celebrated in the Eucharist.
The inspiration for the Holy Hour is Matthew 26:40. In the Gospel of Matthew, during the agony in the Garden of Gethsemane the night before his crucifixion, Jesus spoke to his disciples, saying “My soul is sorrowful even to death. Remain here and keep watch with me.” (Matthew 26:38) Returning to the disciples after prayer, he found them asleep and in Matthew 26:40 he asked Peter:
“So, could you men not keep watch with me for an hour?”.
All are welcome to come and spend time with the Lord in prayer. Bring your bible or other devotional prayers if you like.
Join our Young Adult bible study — which meets every Monday evening at 8:00pm in the rectory building (located to the right of the main Church). The age ranges from 21 years to mid-30’s. The bible study is facilitated by the Rev. Msgr. Charles Pope (Pastor). On holidays, please contact the rectory office at 202-546-1885 or firstname.lastname@example.org to make sure the bible study will be held.
SUMMER BIBLE SERIES 2019
Angels & Demons
Faciliated by Msgr. Charles Pope, Pastor
General Theme: In this bible study, we considered both Angels and Demons and pondered what the Bible and the Church teaches us about both. There are many exaggerated and erroneous notions about both angels and demons that must be brought into line. There are also many fascinating and important things to know. Our goal is to increase appreciation and respect for the angels and their ministry. Of the demons, we must be sober and clear but our goal is also to reduce unreasonable fears about their activity and power.
NOTE: Audio and handouts from each session is included under each date.
SESSION 1 – (June 19)
⇒ Angels: Some Attitudes to Avoid Regarding the Angels
Click here for Handout Day 1 – Angels Basics
⇒ Demons: What is a demon? Are all demons the same? What are their powers over us? What are the limits to those Powers? Are demons all-knowing like God? Do demons know the future? Can they read our minds? Should we be afraid of demons? Why does Holy Water disturb demons? What other things disturb them?
SESSION 2 – (June 26)
⇒ Angels: Understanding our Guardian Angels
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The Role the Angels at Baptism
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⇒ Demons: Do demons experience time? What do they do with their time? Can a demon perform a good act? Does God hate demons? Why doesn’t God just annihilate demons? Should we hate and insult demons? Why do demons hate us?
Click here for Handout Day 2 – Demons Detailed
SESSION 3 – (July 10)
⇒ Angels: The Angels and the Mass
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The Angels and the Ascension
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⇒ Demons: What are the three levels of demonic activity? How can we protect ourselves from demonic attacks? How is oppression different from possession? Why would demons want to possess a human body? Can demons possess our souls? What are some of the characteristics of a possessed person? How can we determine if a person is possessed? Can demons hide their presence in a person they possess?
SESSION 4 – (July 17)
⇒ Angels: The Angels at our Death
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The Angels and the Second Coming
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⇒ Demons: What is demonic infestation? Why do some exorcisms last so long? Can someone be repossessed after an exorcism? What is a curse and are they really effective? How can a curse be counteracted? Can demons be seen? What do they look like? Is the devil the antichrist? What are common things to avoid in preventing demonic incursions?
Join our young adults (ages 18 to 40ish) for a bible study every Tuesday night at 8pm. Come and meet other young adults in the parish and bring a friend. Great opportunity to discuss the bible with the Pastor and other guest clergy while meeting other young adults. Even if you cannot make it every Tuesday then drop by when you can.