Kuala Lumpur:-Thousands of Catholics throughout the nation throng Churches on Friday, March 4 evening to Saturday, March 5 evening, to pray, adore and immersed in the Lord’s mercy, for the “24 Hours with The Lord”, initiated by Pope Francis, in conjunction with the Year of Mercy.
Held during the Season of Lent,the intention for this year, the Jubilee of Mercy, is to draw people around the world to the mercy of God.
The “24 Hours with the Lord” or also known as “24 Hours Call To Prayer”is being promoted by the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of the New Evangelization. Apparently it is held for the first time on a large-scale in Malaysia, this year.
The initiative now in its third year in Vatican, will place emphasis once again on the importance of Prayer, Eucharistic Adoration and the Sacrament of Reconciliation.On the local front, most parishes in Archdiocese of Kuala Lumpur, first started the vigil prayer with celebration of the Eucharist (Mass) and follow with the exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, for public adoration. Some parishes also incorporated the Stations of the Cross, being a Friday into the vigil prayer. Each parish BECs and various ministries took turn, on hourly basis to led in the Vigil prayer, catering to all segments of the parish communities and different language groups.
All the faithful, including the baptized who feel estranged from the Catholic Church, were welcome to participate in the series of prayers and liturgies that were held in the Churches for those twenty-four hours. It is a great opportunity for all to be fed at the “oasis of mercy”.
At the, Church of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, the 24 Hours Call To Prayer started at 7pm on Friday, with praying the Stations of the Cross. Next, Archbishop Emeritus Murphy Pakiam together with parish priest, Fr Edwin Peter celebrated the Mass at 7.30pm, followed with Holy Hour led by the parish Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion. The Church saw a large crowd converging for the celebrations.
Dinner was served for all at 9pm. There after the Bible Group led in the prayers and adoration. The monstrance containing the Blessed Sacrament was exposed at the entrance of the Tabernacle. The Tamil Apostolate then lead in the praise and Worship session in Tamil.
BECs also took part as well as other parish ministries- with the focus on being with the Lord and praying for His mercy for our needs as well as for the whole world.
The youths seem to be very pro-active in their Praise & Worship session at 1.30am as well as Music Ministry, drawing a good number of youths coming to praise the Lord.Divine Mercy Chaplet was also chanted. There is also Rosary by the Legion of Mary. The Mandarin Apostolate members came at 9am for an hour of worship, adoration and reflection.
Not forgetting our Korean and Myanmar Communities who also came and took part in the Call To Prayer, with each community allocated an hour each.
At 5.30pm on March 5, Saturday, Novena was conducted, as usual, followed with Sunset Mass at 6pm. This conclude the 24 hours Call to Prayer for the Lord.
Dinner fellowship for all was held in the parish courtyard, right after the Eucharist celebration.Many parishioners came during the 24 hours of prayers and spending quality time with the Lord. There was also the Sacrament of Reconciliation for 24 hours.
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