Pope Francis invites all Christians to join in Prayer

Pope Francis invites all Christians to join in Prayer

During this Lenten season and keeping in mind the COVID-19 pandemic that is currently affecting individuals across the globe, we are called to be more fervent in prayer.

On Wednesday, March 25, the feast of the Annunciation, Pope Francis invited all Christians to join in praying the Our Father at 12 p.m. Rome time (7 a.m. EDT).

“Dear brothers and sisters,” Pope Francis said, “today we have gathered together, all the Christians of the world, to pray together the Our Father, the prayer that Jesus taught us.”

The Pope’s invitation to join him in prayer was livestreamed at midday, Rome time, from the Library of the Apostolic Palace in the Vatican.

This is his prayer:

“As trustful children we turn to the Father. We do it every day, several times a day; but right now we wish to beg mercy for mankind, so sorely tried by the coronavirus pandemic. And we do this together, Christians of every Church and Community, of every tradition, of every age, language and nation.

We pray for the sick and their families; for health workers and those who help them; for the authorities, law enforcement agencies and volunteers; for the ministers of our communities.

Today many of us celebrate the Incarnation of the Word in the womb of the Virgin Mary, when her humble and total “Behold” reflected the “Behold” of the Son of God. We too entrust ourselves, with full confidence, to the hands of God, and with one heart and one soul we pray:

"Our Father..."

On Friday, March 27, 2020, Pope Francis also invites us to join in prayer for a special Urbi et Orbi blessing. The Pope will preside over a moment of prayer at the entrance of St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome. He invites everyone to participate in this prayer by means of communication.

Source:  https://www.vaticannews.va/