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Saturday Prayer Vigil Televised from Rome

If you are not in Rome right now, you can still watch the special prayer viigil that Pope Francis will be leading on Saturday September 7.  It will be televised on Vatican TV and also EWTN.

Here is the schedule as far as we know it:

5:45 pm Priests will begin hearing confession in designated areas under the Bernini colonnades. Pope Francis has asked that the Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confession) be made available throughout the evening because “true peace springs from a heart that is reconciled with God and one’s brothers and sisters.”

6:30 pm  A reader will read Pope Francis’ September 1 Angelus address in which he called for the Day of Prayer and Fasting for peace.

7:00 pm Vigil begins when the Pope will greets the crowd and the ancient hymn “Veni Creator Spiritus” is sung, followed by Marian prayer to Our Lady Queen of Peace

– The Marian icon “Salus Populi Romani” (health or protection of the Roman people) is carried by four Swiss Guards from the obelisk in the center of the square while two girls carry bouquets of flowers.

– Pope Francis will lead the recitation of the Rosary, which will include readings from the poetry of St. Therese of the Child Jesus. 

Afterward a reflection will be offered by Pope Francis

– Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament

– Office of Readings. John 20:19-29  (25 minutes of prayerful silence, music)

– Eucharistic benediction

The event is expected to end at 11:00 p.m.

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