Saturday, September 7, 2013

Pope Francis invites everyone TO PRAY FOR PEACE IN SYRIA

On Sunday, the Pope declared in his Angelus teaching that Saturday Sept. 7 would be an day of fasting and prayer for peace in Syria. The prayer rally will take place in St. Peter’s Square from 7 p.m. to midnight, on the vigil of the birth of Mary, the Queen of Peace. “Let us ask Mary to help us to respond to violence, to conflict and to war, with the power of dialogue, reconciliation and love,” the Pope asked people around the world. “She is our mother: may she help us to find peace; all of us are her children!”

 This Saturday, September 7, the faithful are invited to join the Most Reverend Terrence Prendergast, SJ, Archbishop of Ottawa in prayer at St. Patrick’s Basilica, 281 Nepean Street, Ottawa, beginning at 1 pm with the exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, Rosary and other devo...tions. Confessors will also be available from 3:30 pm on. This special period of prayer will conclude with Benediction and be followed by Eucharist, to be presided by the Archbishop, beginning at 4:30 pm.

Last Sunday, Pope Francis requested that the faithful fast and pray for peace in Syria this Saturday, September 7, uniting ourselves with him as he prays from 7 to 11 pm (Rome time) in St. Peter’s Square.

Archbishop Prendergast is inviting the faithful to join him this Saturday, September 7th, in a day of fasting and prayer at home, in churches and oratories, and especially at St. Patrick’s Basilica for special intercessions for Syria.

The faithful are also asked to give generously during a special collection at all Masses this weekend for those suffering in Syria or seeking refuge in neighbouring countries.

AT: ANNUNCIATION OF THE LORD, Saturday, September 7, 2013

Fr. Yves announced after Mass this morning that he would have Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament at 3:00 p.m. followed by Adoration here at Annunciation of the Lord this Saturday, September 7th. This time of prayer for Syria will conclude with Benediction just before the 5:00 p.m. Mass to increase the opportunity for us to participate in this prayer endeavour.