The Catholic tradition of special devotions on the first Friday of each month is especially dedicated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Twice a year we consecrate ourselves to the Sacred Heart as a community of contemplative nuns with a special ritual and prayer. Each first Friday we observe a day of recollection, a day of limited work and activity, silence at meals and in the house generally, and ample time for prayer especially before the exposed Blessed Sacrament from Office of Readings and Morning Prayer 'til Midday.
In His Urbi et Orbi message of Easter 2005, Pope John Paul II left use a prayer for Eucharistic devotion so atuned to our world and its profound needs. He opened with the appeal made to Jesus by the disciples who encountered him on the raod to Emmaus, "Mane nobiscum, Domine!" - Stay with us, Lord.