24 March 2014

24 Hours for the Lord

Yesterday afternoon His Holiness Pope Francis announced an initiative of the Pontifical Council for Promoting New Evangelization (which, incidentally, needs a greater online presence) called "24 Hours for the Lord.

The Bishop of Rome will preside over a communal celebration of the Rite of Penance with individual confessions in the Basilica of St. Peter Friday evening at 5:00 p.m. This penitential liturgy will begin the 24 hours for the Lord, which will continue throughout the city of Rome:
Then, beginning at 8 p.m., the Basilica of Santa Maria in Trastevere, the Church of St. Agnes in Piazza Navona and the Church of the Holy Stigmata near Largo Argentina will be open for confessions and adoration. Announcing the services, the Pontifical Council for Promoting New Evangelization did not give a finish time, but said priests would be available "late into the night" [more].
The priests of the Casa Santa Maria were asked to hear confessions in English in the churches of St. Agnes (where I will be for two hours on Saturday morning) and of the Holy Stigmata of St. Francis.

Lent is a most fitting time to spend an hour (more or less) in the presence of the Eucharistic Lord and to draw closer to him by making a sincere confession of sins. If it's been a while since you've been reconciled with the Lord and his Church, why not go to confession this weekend?

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