Come together at 5pm 27/3 for Adoration, prayer and a blessing from Pope Francis
Cardinal Vincent Nichols joins us again to offer encouragement, prayer and his reflection on today’s global prayer event.
Pope Francis will pray from the steps of St Peter’s at 5pm UK time (6pm Rome).
We’ll hear the Word of God, have a period of Adoration and then the Holy Father will offer a blessing – Urbi et Orbi – for all of us.
Although we’re at home due to COVID-19 we’re a unified virtual Catholic community – thanks be to God!
Friday, 27 March 2020 – a most extraordinary event will take place in St. Peter’s Square.
The Pope will be immersed in prayer alone and yet joined by millions right around the world. He will pray before the Blessed Sacrament, before an empty St. Peter’s Square, normally thronging with those who wish to see and be with Pope Francis. But we can see and be with him through this great blessing of the Internet and television.
So I invite you to join in this extraordinary moment.
5pm on Friday, 27 March – a time of prayer with Pope Francis. Readings from the Scriptures, silent prayer before the Blessed Sacrament. And then the Holy Father will give his solemn blessing, normally only given at Christmas and Easter. A blessing to the world and to the city.
He blesses us that we might be steadfast at this difficult time. Steadfast in our prayer at home – individually, as a family. Steadfast in our generosity to those around us who need our help, our patience, our compassion, our support, our prayers.
So this is a marvellous moment in a difficult time. 5 o’clock Friday evening, join with Pope Francis in his prayer – our prayer before the Lord for the world at this moment.
And he grants a Plenary Indulgence to those who share in this moment, freeing our hearts from some of the consequence – the burden of sin and enlightening us in our discipleship of our blessed Lord. May God bless you, may God bless your families.
And let’s now just pray together for a moment.
Our Father who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy name.
Thy kingdom come,
thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread
and forgive us our trespasses
as we forgive those who trespass against us
and lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.