Pope Francis will today preside over the opening of the “24 Hours for the Lord” with a penitential celebration in St Peter’s Basilica. Source: Vatican News.
This annual, international event is organised and promoted by the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of the New Evangelisation.
The 24 Hours for the Lord initiative is an opportunity for people to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation. A church in every diocese around the world will be open for 24 consecutive hours as part of the initiative.
Pope Francis, in his Lenten Message for 2018, invited the faithful to live the occasion as an opportunity “to celebrate the sacrament of Reconciliation in the context of Eucharistic adoration.”
A press statement from the Pontifical Council for the New Evangelisation said Pope Francis “will open this great initiative with the Penitential Celebration in St. Peter’s Basilica”.
This is the fifth recurrent of the 24 Hours for the Lord initiative.
“The objective,” according to Archbishop Salvatore Fisichella, President of the Council, “is to offer to all – especially to those who feel uncomfortable entering a church – the opportunity to seek the merciful embrace of God”.
He called it “a unique occasion to return to the Father”.
The Sydney Archdiocese has more than 20 parishes participating in the event. The Archdiocese's Encounter agency has prepared resources to help parishes with structuring the event. Visit www.sydneycatholic.org/24hoursforthelord for information. In Parramatta, 24 Hours for the Lord begins at 5.30pm tonight.
The Canberra-Goulburn Archdiocese held its 24 hours of Adoration last month in conjunction with its Year of Youth launch.
For information on a 24 Hours for the Lord event near you, contact your local diocese.
Pope Francis to open ‘24 Hours for the Lord’ initiative (Vatican News)