Day of Prayer and Fasting
24 Hours for the Lord
A Day of prayer and fasting
for an end to the Coronavirus pandemic
I am inviting everyone across the Diocese, clergy, religious and laity, to keep with me a special Day of Prayer and Fasting for an End to the Coronavirus Pandemic.
The Day is called “Twenty-Four Hours with the Lord” and will take place on Friday 27th November 2020. This is the last Friday of the Church’s Liturgical Year before we enter the new Year with the First Sunday of Advent (29th November).
We can pray earnestly for a speedy end to the pandemic, for the safety and protection of all, especially our family and friends, for the health of the sick and the strength of those who care for them, for those suffering financially or in other ways from the pandemic, for patients in hospitals and the residents of care-homes, for all medical staff and key workers, for government leaders, scientists and advisors, for the discovery of an effective, ethically-sourced, vaccine, for patience, perseverance and mental well-being and for all who have died and those who mourn them.
There will be a twenty-four hour long programme of Mass, prayer, Rosary and Eucharistic Adoration live-streamed from here at the Cathedral, of which you will be invited to join in as much as you can. I hope too that there will be various opportunities and other ideas to join in the Day at home and in your own parish communities, where churches are open for private prayer and the programme supports this.
Bishop of Portsmouth