'24 Hours for the Lord': A parish guide

Prepare for this special event scheduled for March 4-5

24 Hours for the Lord


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OSV Newsweekly has an edited version of the pastoral aid, which includes an examination of conscience and guide to confession.

In a universal effort to make Christ’s mercy more manifest during the season of Lent, the Vatican is asking parishes worldwide to make the Sacrament of Reconciliation and Eucharistic adoration available for a 24-hour period on March 4-5. Called “24 Hours for the Lord,” the initiative, now in its third year, places the Sacrament of Reconciliation at the heart of what it means to be a people and a Church of mercy.

“By calling for an attentive listening to the word of God and encouraging the initiative ‘24 Hours for the Lord,’ I sought to stress the primacy of prayerful listening to God’s word, especially his prophetic word,” Pope Francis said in his 2016 Lenten Message. “The mercy of God is a proclamation made to the world, a proclamation which each Christian is called to experience at first-hand.”

Our Sunday Visitor is pleased to partner with the Vatican’s Pontifical Council for the Promotion of the New Evangelization to offer a free pastoral aid, in the form of a downloadable PDF, to help your parish celebrate the “24 Hours for the Lord.” Also available are other products that can help your parish most effectively experience the merciful love of the Father this Lent and beyond.

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About the free guide

This free guide is meant to offer some suggestions for Catholics who would like to prepare themselves for the observance of “24 Hours for the Lord” and to experience the greatest possible fruitfulness during this special time of the Jubilee of Mercy. The suggestions here can, of course, be adapted according to local needs and practices.

In the guide you'll find answers to questions like: Why should I go to confession? and, What happens after I confess? Read reflections from famous converts like G. K. Chesterton, and inspiring words from Padre Pio and Bl. Mother Teresa. In addition, in the resources section you'll find Plans 1 and 2 from the Lectio Divina.



Also prepare with these books, pamphlets, and resources


Books for the Year of Mercy


Year of Mercy App!

Our Sunday Visitor’s 365 Days to Mercy app, is designed to accompany you on a spiritual journey during the Jubilee Year of Mercy proclaimed by Pope Francis.