24 Hours for the Lord

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The initiative of “24 Hours for the Lord” will be celebrated worldwide on the Friday and Saturday preceding the Fourth Week of Lent (March 4-5).  According to Misericordiae Vultus the main activity for this event should always be the Sacrament of Reconciliation offered communally, individually or both (Rites I and II).

These periods of Reconciliation may be interspersed with any of the following activities:

Liturgical Prayer

  • Liturgy of the Hours
  • Communal Anointing of the Sick
  • Mass

Devotional Prayer

  • Solemn Exposition and Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament (to include Benediction)
  • Recitation of the Rosary
  • The Divine Mercy Chaplet
  • Stations of the Cross
  • Taize Prayer

Other activities could include:

  • Hospitality in a “coffee” or “break/snack” area apart from the worship space
  • Youth-oriented all night vigils (with movies, fasting, devotional prayer)
  • Concerts of sacred, reflective music
  • Meditative prayer—provide special prayer cards
  • Encourage meditation on the Psalms by providing pamphlets containing selected ones
  • Outside speakers/authors—education components alternated with the prayer components
  • Outdoor processions (Eucharistic or other)
  • Blessing of a Divine Mercy Image to be displayed in the church
  • Hourly readings taken from the works of Pope Francis
  • Small group sharing—perhaps based on Lectio Divina
  • The use of votive candles for special prayer intentions
  • Home activities


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