Three consecutive Friday vigils of all-night Eucharistic Adoration are under way at St Mary’s Cathedral in Hobart. Source: Hobart Archdiocese.
The "Lighthouse" vigils are a call to the faithful to pray that the light of Jesus would shine out over Tasmania, drawing people into the love of God and dispelling darkness. The event is taking place at a time when many in Hobart are involved in a festival that embraces darkness.
“The purpose of Lighthouse is prayer and praise,” said Sr John Mary Alimangohan, a Sister of the Immaculata and one of the organisers of Lighthouse.
“If the darkness is going on, we’re going to turn the light on for the whole vigil.”
This year's event – the third year Lighthouse has been run – is on a much larger scale, involving not one, but three nights of prayer.
Sr John Mary says she is "really happy" with the response to this year’s call to pray, with parishes sending groups, other religious communities also taking part and people registering to be rostered on to adoration hours throughout the night. Some of those who came remained for the entire vigil.
“I think it’s bringing a unity. I think it’s because there’s a sense of the need to fight for a cause – which is to bring light in the darkness,” she said.
“We can pray for it in our own rooms. We can pray for it in our own families. But there’s a power in coming together as a Church and meeting in one place to pray.”
The all-night prayer events involve prayerful live music, praying of the Rosary and the Divine Mercy chaplet, the sacrament of Confession and times of silence. Each night begins with Mass, followed by a Mass at midnight and another at 8am to end the vigil. The first vigil’s opening Mass was celebrated by Archbishop Julian.
“Not only does the Christian walk in the light, but the Christian is to be a beacon of light in the midst of society,” he said during the homily.
Shining a light (Hobart Archdiocese)