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Pope’s vigil for Syrian peace expected to be biggest in decades
cna ^ | September 5, 2013 | Estefania Aguirre

Posted on 09/06/2013 12:59:02 PM PDT by NYer

Pope Francis leads Eucharistic Adoration at St. Peter's Basilica, June 2, 2013. Credit Alan Holdren/CNA.

Vatican City, Sep 5, 2013 / 11:43 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A five-hour prayer vigil in St. Peter's Square for peace in Syria, initiated by Pope Francis and to be held this Saturday, will be the largest the Vatican has seen in years, according to the Holy See’s press director.

“I’ve been here for 23 years and I remember gatherings for peace in Assisi, but I don’t remember anything with this dimension in Saint Peter’s Square,” Fr. Federico Lombardi told a gathering of journalists Sept. 5.

He recalled a peace gathering in Italy and prayer vigils held after the Sept. 11 attacks, but none were of the degree that this will be, he said.

Pope Francis made a global petition on Sept. 1 asking that everyone, regardless of religion or location, to fast and pray during the whole day of Sept. 7 for world peace, particularly in Syria.

“There are so many conflicts in this world which cause me great suffering and worry, but in these days my heart is deeply wounded in particular by what is happening in Syria and anguished by the dramatic developments which are looming,” the Holy Father said Sept. 1.

During his first public general audience since his summer break on Sept. 4, he renewed his invitation.

While the Sept. 7 fast is not binding on the faithful, Pope Francis' repeated exhortations to participate in the fast indicate how close the issue is to the heart of the vicar of Christ.

His call for prayer and fasting comes as nations, including the United States, discuss the possibility of military intervention in Syria, following reports that the Bashar al Assad regime used chemical weapons on its own civilians, killing, according to the U.S. government, more than 1,400 persons.

Pope Francis' prayer vigil will be preceded by the hearing of Confessions, beginning in the evening at 5:45 in St. Peter's Square. There will be 50 priests available for Confession under the colonnades of the square.

Then at 6:30, Pope Francis' Sept. 1 allocution calling for the day of fasting and prayer will be read to introduce the vigil.

Pope Francis will begin the prayer at 7:00, and the Veni Creator Spiritus will be sung.

Four Swiss Guards will carry a statue of Mary, Protectress of the Roman People, starting from the obelisk in the square, accompanied by two girls strewing flowers before her.

The Roman Pontiff will then begin praying the rosary, invoking the intercession at each mystery of Our Lady, Queen of Peace.

There will then be a meditation by the Pope, followed by a minute of silence and Eucharistic Adoration.

The vigil will also include readings from the Bible, and responsorial prayers for peace.

After Adoration, there will be three minutes of silence followed by the recitation of the Office of Readings, part of the Liturgy of the Hours.

At 10:15 there will be a period of extended, prayerful silence, and the vigil will conclude later with Benediction.

In solidarity with the vigil of the Diocese of Rome, many Churches worldwide will be holding similar events.

The Archdiocese of Madrid announced that all Masses said this Saturday will be offered for peace in Syria, and Bishop Demetrio Fernandez Gonzalez of Cordoba asked that church bells be rung at noon to remind Catholics to pray the Angelus to Mary, Queen of Peace.

Cardinal Timothy Dolan, the Archbishop of New York, announced that the anticipated Mass at his cathedral on Sept. 7 would be said for the intention of peace in Syria, and added that in his diocese “I wish all our Catholic people to abstain from meat this Friday (Sept. 6), and add this intention to their prayers at Sunday Mass.”

In the Archdiocese of Denver, a vigil of Adoration will be held at the cathedral on Sept. 7 from 7 p.m. until midnight.


TOPICS: Catholic; Moral Issues; Prayer; Religion & Politics
KEYWORDS: syria; vatican
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1 posted on 09/06/2013 12:59:02 PM PDT by NYer
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To: Tax-chick; GregB; Berlin_Freeper; SumProVita; narses; bboop; SevenofNine; Ronaldus Magnus; tiki; ...

Prayer ping!


2 posted on 09/06/2013 12:59:30 PM PDT by NYer ( "Run from places of sin as from the plague."--St John Climacus)
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To: NYer

When was the last time the Vatican had a vigil for peace in Syria?


3 posted on 09/06/2013 1:10:56 PM PDT by WayneS (Don't blame me, I voted for Kodos...)
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4 posted on 09/06/2013 1:35:07 PM PDT by jimsin
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To: WayneS; NYer
Why, you know, I can't remember the Vatican ever having a Vigil for Peace in Syria before.

It's about time!

5 posted on 09/06/2013 3:07:47 PM PDT by Mrs. Don-o ("If thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments." - Jesus Christ - Matthew 19:17)
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To: jimsin
This is morally wrong, and it won't work.

It would make more sense to convert ourselves to Christianity.

6 posted on 09/06/2013 3:14:03 PM PDT by Mrs. Don-o ("If thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments." - Jesus Christ - Matthew 19:17)
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To: WayneS

Never!


7 posted on 09/06/2013 3:30:37 PM PDT by NYer ( "Run from places of sin as from the plague."--St John Climacus)
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Why doesn’t he just consecrate Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary?


8 posted on 09/06/2013 4:24:46 PM PDT by ebb tide
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To: NYer

I will fast tomorrow, read the Gospel, and try to make a visit to the Blessed Sacrament. Lord, hear our prayer!


9 posted on 09/06/2013 9:45:24 PM PDT by Melian ("Where will wants not, a way opens.")
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To: jimsin

Better, pray for the conversion of the Muslims to Christ.


10 posted on 09/07/2013 3:03:59 AM PDT by Biggirl (Ā“Go, do not be afraid, and serveĀ”-Pope Francis)
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To: ebb tide

Russia has been successfully consecrated to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. The Berlin wall came down, churches have been rebuilt, and christianity is thriving there. It’s now time to consecrate the west.


11 posted on 09/07/2013 3:05:36 AM PDT by NYer ( "Run from places of sin as from the plague."--St John Climacus)
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To: ebb tide

That was done already!


12 posted on 09/07/2013 3:08:22 AM PDT by Biggirl (Ā“Go, do not be afraid, and serveĀ”-Pope Francis)
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To: NYer

....And in a special way, the USA.


13 posted on 09/07/2013 3:09:02 AM PDT by Biggirl (Ā“Go, do not be afraid, and serveĀ”-Pope Francis)
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To: Mrs. Don-o

....And better yet pray for the conversion of the Muslims to both Christ and the Christian faith.


14 posted on 09/07/2013 3:11:16 AM PDT by Biggirl (Ā“Go, do not be afraid, and serveĀ”-Pope Francis)
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To: Biggirl

‘Better, pray for the conversion of the Muslims to Christ.’

WELL FIRST ANN’S STEPS ONE, TWO AND THREE THERE N THEN the CONVERSION comes as a MATTER OF COURSE...


15 posted on 09/07/2013 3:11:28 AM PDT by jimsin
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No, Mrs. Don-O is correct on this one.

Besides, prayer will work out much, much better, pray for the conversion of ALL to Christ.


16 posted on 09/07/2013 3:17:29 AM PDT by Biggirl (Ā“Go, do not be afraid, and serveĀ”-Pope Francis)
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17 posted on 09/07/2013 7:40:43 AM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Biggirl

When? And who were the bishops who joined the Pope in doing so? At least, please tell me how many bishops joined him in doing so.


18 posted on 09/07/2013 8:17:41 AM PDT by ebb tide
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To: NYer; Biggirl

You forgot this part, “and a period of peace will be granted to mankind”.


19 posted on 09/07/2013 8:20:46 AM PDT by ebb tide
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To: ebb tide

Blessed John Paul II I do believed he did consecrated Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary back during the mid-1980’s.


20 posted on 09/07/2013 9:01:51 AM PDT by Biggirl (Ā“Go, do not be afraid, and serveĀ”-Pope Francis)
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