ORIGINAL SHRINE, Maria Fischer •
Since 2014, following an initiative of Pope France, the project “Twenty-four hours for the Lord” has taken place every year in Lent.—
In his Message for Lent 2018 he wrote:
Above all, I urge the members of the Church to take up the Lenten journey with enthusiasm, sustained by almsgiving, fasting and prayer. If, at times, the flame of charity seems to die in our own hearts, know that this is never the case in the heart of God! He constantly gives us a chance to begin loving anew.
One such moment of grace will be, again this year, the “24 Hours for the Lord” initiative, which invites the entire Church community to celebrate the sacrament of Reconciliation in the context of Eucharistic adoration. In 2018, inspired by the words of Psalm 130:4, “With you is forgiveness”, this will take place from Friday, 9 March to Saturday, 10 March. In each diocese, at least one church will remain open for twenty-four consecutive hours, offering an opportunity for both Eucharistic adoration and sacramental confession.
As happened already last year “the twenty-four hours for the Lord” will take place also in the Original Shrine. “There will be silent adoration, personal contemplation united with HIM, our Lord”, wrote Bernadette and Norbert Weweler, the Sacristans of the Original Shrine.
The time of Adoration will start at 7.30 p.m. on Friday, 9 March. On 10 March the Angelus and the Office Hours in Heavenwards will be prayed at the appropriate times. There will be a time (1 p.m.) when we will sing hymns of praise and adoration, as well as a time of common adoration with prayers in English and French (at 4 p.m. and 5 p.m.). This time of prayer will conclude at 6 p.m. with the Angelus and Benediction.
That is how simple the Sentire cum Ecclesia is – to empathise, resonate, participate in the vital rhythm of the life of the Church.
Original: German. Translation: Mary Cole, Manchester UK