24 Hours with the Lord

To: St. Mary’s Parish of Divine Mercy,

Dear all,

Greetings to you all in the love and peace of Christ.

I am proposing another “24 hours with the Lord” which we have done before. Every families in our parish lay movements and Committee leaders are invited to participate. Try to spread this to all families in St. Mary’s Parish.

These times are dark.
They tempt us to despair.

Yet Jesus says ‘Do not be afraid,
it is I, the First and the Last;
I am the Living One. (Rev 1:17)’

I like to invites all of you to join in 24 hours of prayer, fasting and penance to intercede for forgiveness for the sins of humanity. Through this Day of Prayer, may the world come to its senses and recognise that man does not have full control over all.

Let us offer up our fasting, prayers and penance as one Church. Together, let us stand in solidarity as we PLEDGE to #PrayTogether with our Pope, our Bishops and Archbishops, to stand in the gap as we intercede for the world and in particular, to pray for this #COVID-19 pandemic. As the scripture says, “For mortals it is impossible, but for God all things are possible.” (Mt 19:26)

This Holy Tuesday, let all join in the extraordinary 24 hours of Prayer, Fasting and Adoration starting at 7pm on Holy Tuesday tonite, 7 April and ending at 7pm on Holy Wednesday, 8 April as our opportunity to adore Jesus, our Eucharistic Lord in the Blessed Sacrament.

Starts on Holy Tuesday 7 April 2020 at 7pm tonite as a family in your own home.
Ends on Spy Wednesday 8 April 2020 at 7pm

What can YOU do?

1.PLEDGE one or more of the proposed acts
2.SHARE with your friends, and take up this pledge as our parish community.
3.TUNE in to any YouTube channel or CatholicSG Radio App to join in the 24 hours of Prayer, Fasting and Adoration

How do I FULFIL this?

Fasting may be done on Spy Wednesday, 8 April 2020. The Church recommends that one may have 2 half meals and one full meal. However you may also decide to do more (or less) depending on your circumstances, age and health. The aged, children and those not feeling well should not fast but they can do other forms of penance such as abstinence and good works.

Adoration may be done with our Catholic community via livestream at www.youtube.com/catholicsg starting 7pm on Holy Tuesday, 7 April 2020

Almsgiving and other acts of charity is encouraged.

Sacrifice, penance, rosary, chaplets, devotions etc may be done starting from 7pm on Holy Tuesday, 7 April 2020

Do one or more of the proposed acts below:

  1. 24 hours of fasting- You can Fast from food or other forms of addictions. Fasting is one of the pillars of the Lenten spiritual exercises. Jesus Himself fasted for 40 days before He battled with the temptations of the Evil One. We too are encouraged to fast so that we can be united with Jesus in this spiritual warfare against the Evil One and sin.
  2. 1 hour Adoration
  3. Almsgiving
  4. Other Acts of Sacrifice

Fr. Rector,
St. Mary’s Church

NB: (The above “24 hour of Adoration” is the adaptation of the Archdiocese of Singapore)

I append below again the schedule of our 24 hour with the Lord for all to follow. Do take up this challenge in the Lenten spirit of penance and sacrifices for the world taught by our Lord especially more so in this time of coronavirus pandemic outbreak.
Based on the time schedules, rotate the assignment until you all complete the 24 hours. Please circulate among all members and their families.