Holy Father Calls on World to Pray the “Our Father” Together at 12 Noon and announces the Urbi et Orbi Blessing on Friday 27 March which will include a Plenary Indulgence
Pope Francis has called for all Christians throughout the world to join in praying the Our Father on Wednesday, 25 March 2020, at noon.
He made the appeal after praying the noonday Angelus on 22 March broadcast from Apostolic Library in the Vatican.
“In these days of trial, while humanity trembles because of the pandemic’s menace, I would like to propose to all Christians to unite their voices to Heaven,” the Pope said after Sunday’s Angelus. “I invite all the Heads of Churches and the leaders of all the Christian Communities, together with all the Christians of the various Confessions, to invoke the Most High, Almighty God, reciting contemporaneously the prayer that Jesus Our Lord taught us. I invite all, therefore, to do so several times a day, but, all together, to recite the Our Father .
On the day in which many Christians recall the Annunciation to the Virgin Mary of the Incarnation of the Word, may the Lord be able to hear the unanimous prayer of all His disciples that are preparing to celebrate the victory of the Risen Christ.
With this same intention, next Friday, 27 March at 6:00 pm, I will preside over a moment of prayer in the courtyard of St Peter’s Basilica, with the empty Square. From now on I invite all to take part spiritually through the means of communication. We will listen to the Word of God, we will elevate our prayer, we will adore the Most Blessed Sacrament, with which at the end I will give the Urbi et Orbi Blessing, to which will be annexed the possibility to receive a Plenary Indulgence.”
Thanksgiving Mass for Nicole
Holy Mass will be said for Nicole
on Thursday 26 March
And YES! we still have Daily Mass
but not for long as we too, enter ‘lockdown’ on Friday.
Nicole, apologies for the delay but our Priests were on their Lenten Retreat.
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During this time of uncertainty, may we all draw closer to God and keep our eyes fixed on Christ.
You all remain in my daily prayer.
“I will give you rest.”
… Prepare a guest room for me,
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through your prayers,
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Your Inbox will shortly be burdened again with my posts.
The new PC is up (not quite organised yet) and I will be back next week.
In the meantime, I send you greetings and prayers for your Lenten journey and thanksgiving for your prayers and for the Donations some have graced me with. Your Donations have greatly assisted me in getting back online.
Holy Mass will be said in Thanksgiving with special mention of Annemarie, Fr Jacques, Beverly and Hugh.
“Prayer is an aspiration of the heart.
It is a simple glance directed to Heaven.
It is a cry of gratitude and love
in the midst of trial as well as joy.”
St Therese of the Child Jesus and the Holy Face (1873-1897)
Doctor of the Church
May the Lord always shine His Face upon us all!
In love and gratitude
“O God, grant that whatever good things I have,
I may share generously with those who have not
and whatever good things I do not have,
I may request humbly from those who do.”
St Thomas Aquinas (1225-1274)
So sorry for the sparsity of posts today and even dearest Cardinal Bacci’s advice, on ‘The Order of the Day’ doesn’t help too much, when we suffer 3 periods per day of 2 1/2 hours each, of this thing called load-shedding!
His advice for me, means we have to adapt to suit load-shedding! I will try harder but, sadly, we are only advised of the planned power cuts each morning – oftentimes too late to pre-plan.
God bless you all and please add South Africa to your planned daily prayers, I beg.
Cardinal Bacci’s advice here: https://anastpaul.com/2020/02/15/thought-for-the-day-15-february-the-order-of-the-day/
The constant load shedding in South Africa is causing endless damage to home and business appliances, national telephone systems, business networks etc etc
For the last two days I have been without the internet and my router (2nd one in the last year) was damaged beyond repair, an expense I can ill afford and many thousands of others across the country.
I missed you all!
Please pray for South Africa.
My soul glorifies the Lord
Holy Mass will be offered in thanksgiving for the generous and gracious support of:
Catherine and Sharyn, on Wednesday 22 January
Suzette and Hugh, on Thursday 23 January
Laracel, on Friday 24 January
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May our good Lord
Bless and keep you all
“Brothers, . . . I can only say,
that forgetting all that lies behind me
and straining forward to what lies in front of me
and I am racing towards the finishing-point,
to win the prize of God’s heavenly call
in Christ Jesus.”
Rejoice in the Lord always.
I shall say it again: rejoice!
…The Lord is near.
Have no anxiety at all
but in everything, by prayer and petition,
make your requests known to God.
Then the peace of God,
that surpasses all understanding,
will guard your hearts
and minds in Christ Jesus.
Philippians 4:4, 5d,6-7
Do not let love and fidelity forsake you,
bind them around your neck,
write them on the tablet of your heart.
Then will you win favour and esteem
before God and human beings.
Trust in the LORD with all your heart,
on your own intelligence do not rely.
In all your ways be mindful of him,
and he will make straight your paths.