Over the weekend of 10 to12 June the Forty Hours Devotion was observed at Leeds Cathedral. The Devotion began with Holy Mass on Friday evening, and concluded at 8.45am on Sunday morning.
Throughout the Forty Hours, day and night, the faithful took it in turn to pray silently before the Blessed Sacrament exposed in the Lady Chapel.
In Scripture, forty hours represents a sacred period of time and the Forty Hours Devotion particularly remembers the traditional “forty-hour period” from Our Lord’s burial on Good Friday until the Resurrection, on Easter Sunday.
The devotion is associated with great spiritual benefits. There was a poignant contrast between the silence inside the Cathedral and the seemingly relentless noise of the city centre; an opportunity to pause and reflect with thanks on the Truth of our Faith and the gift of the Eucharist in a world searching for meaning.