At this time of uncertainty and anxiety with our churches closed for public worship, Pope Francis has called on the world’s Christians and people of goodwill to join together to pray the Lord’s Prayer today, Wednesday 25th March, at 11am UK time (midday in Rome).
The ‘Our Father’ is the prayer Jesus taught his disciples and the first prayer many of us learned to pray.
The Catholic Bishops Conference of England and Wales will carry the broadcast on its channels and asks that visitors gather virtually in this way as a simple powerful act of solidarity.
Having prayed the Angelus on Sunday, Pope Francis also revealed that on Friday 27th March at 5pm UK time (6pm Rome), he will pray on the steps of St Peter’s basilica. Although the square will be empty, there will be a period of Adoration and readings from Scripture.
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At the end of the service, the Holy Father will impart his Urbi et Orbi blessing and will offer a Plenary indulgence for the Covid-19 pandemic.
He asks that people join together to uphold the universality of prayer, compassion and tenderness.
Pope Francis encourages everyone to “remain united and make our closeness felt – especially with healthcare professionals and those who serve.”
The Lord’s Prayer
Our Father who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy name.
Thy kingdom come.
Thy will be done on earth,
as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread,
and forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us,
and lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.
For more information see: https://www.cbcew.org.uk
Vatican News Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCxIsefyl9g9A5SGWA4FvGIA
Picture: Pope Francis. (CNS photo/Paul Haring).