The Diocese of Trenton will once again participate in Pope Francis’ Lenten initiative “24 Hours for the Lord,” a call to the Church at large to set aside an entire day for the celebration of Mass, Eucharistic Adoration and the Sacrament of Reconciliation.

On March 25 numerous parishes of the Diocese will keep their doors open for worship and prayer. During this time, the faithful will have the opportunity to pray before Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament, reserved in the tabernacle or exposed in the monstrance. Confessions will also be made available during this period.

The initiative began in 2014 under the auspices of the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of the New Evangelization. During his 2015 Message for Lent, the Pope spoke about 24 Hours for the Lord while decreeing the Jubilee Year of Mercy. He called on dioceses around the world to offer 24 hours of Confession on the Friday and Saturday preceding the fourth week of Lent.

This program, said Pope Francis, “invites the entire Church community to celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation in the context of Eucharistic Adoration.”  The theme guiding this year’s reflection is “Through Him we have forgiveness” (Psalm 130:4). 

Over this weekend Pope Francis will be participating in this initiative by presiding at a penitential service in St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome, and by hearing Confessions.

“As individuals too, we have are tempted by indifference,” the Pope said in his 2015 Lenten message. “Flooded with news reports and troubling images of human suffering, we often feel our complete inability to help. What can we do to avoid being caught up in this spiral of distress and powerlessness?

“First, we can pray in communion with the Church on earth and in heaven. Let us not underestimate the power of so many voices united in prayer! The 24 Hours for the Lord initiative … is meant to be a sign of this need for prayer.”

To view the PDF of the schedule of the parishes hosting "24 Hours For the Lord," click here.