Thursday, March 3, 2016

An Extraordinary 24 Hours Set To Begin

Pope Francis has asked Catholic churches throughout the world to participate in the 24 Hours for the Lord initiative as part of the observance of the Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy.

Various churches and chapels in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia will open for adoration, prayer and Confession for a 24 hour continual period beginning Friday evening, March 4, through Saturday evening, March 5, 2016, concluding with the celebration of Saturday evening Mass. Times may vary at individual parishes.

24 Hours for the Lord focuses on prayer before the Most Blessed Sacrament and the opportunity to participate in the Sacrament of Penance and Reconciliation. Some churches will also include the Stations of the Cross, Divine Mercy Chaplet, the Rosary and other prayers and devotions.

At the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul, the 24 Hours of the Lord will begin Friday March 4th at 5:15 p.m. and conclude Saturday, March 5th with the 5:15 p.m. evening Mass.

This global prayer event invites the faithful to seek and receive God’s mercy. The 24 Hours for the Lord initiative was first introduced in Rome in 2014.

Note: To find a participating parish please view the Archdiocese’s interactive map at

For additional information of the Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, please visit     

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