Tuesday, March 25, 2014

"24 Hours for the Lord"

24 Hours for the Lord

24 Hours for the Lord is a new initiative of the Pontifical Council for Promoting the New Evangelisation.  The initiative, which begins on Friday 28 March 2014, focuses on the Sacrament of Reconciliation.  It's hoped that at least one church in each diocese will remain open for the full 24 hours to offer the Sacrament to those who wish to celebrate it, preferably within the context of Eucharistic Adoration.

Pope Francis

In Rome, the initiative will be presided over by Pope Francis with a penitential celebration in St. Peter's Basilica, during which the Holy Father will be available to administer the Sacrament.
At the conclusion of this ceiebration, confessions will continue to be heard in a number of churches in the centre of Rome. These churches will remain open to accommodate those who wish to encounter the Lord and experience his mercy.
The celebration, along with Eucharistic Adoration, will continue until 4pm on Saturday 29 March, and will conclude at 5pm, with the celebration of First Vespers of Dominica in Laetare in the Church of Santo Spirito in Sassia, the Roman Sanctuary of Divine Mercy.

Annual Celebration

24 Hours for the Lord is for the whole Catholic Church and one of its main aims is to create a powerful tradition.  It's hoped that the initiative will be held annually on the Fourth Sunday of Lent.
(above info. courtesy of The Catholic Church in England and Wales)

In the Diocese of Thunder Bay

"24 Hours for the Lord" will be hosted at St. Agnes Church, 1019 Brown Street, from noon on Friday, March 28, to noon on Saturday, March 29.  Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament will take place for 24 hours and priests will be available during that time for anyone wishing to receive the sacrament of Reconciliation.