Jesus Christ is the face of the Father’s mercy. These words might well sum up the mystery of the Christian faith.

We need constantly to contemplate the mystery of mercy. It is a wellspring of joy, serenity, and peace. Our salvation depends on it. Mercy: the word reveals the very mystery of the Most Holy Trinity. Mercy: the ultimate and supreme act by which God comes to meet us. Mercy: the fundamental law that dwells in the heart of every person who looks sincerely into the eyes of his brothers and sisters on the path of life. Mercy: the bridge that connects God and man, opening our hearts to the hope of being loved forever despite our sinfulness.

Pope Francis introducing the Year of Mercy


24 hours with the Lord for Peace and Reconciliation 4th and 5th March 2016

The initiative of “24 Hours for the Lord,” to be celebrated on the Friday and Saturday preceding the Fourth Week of Lent, should be implemented in every diocese.

So many people, including young people, are returning to the Sacrament of Reconciliation; through this experience they are rediscovering a path back to the Lord, living a moment of intense prayer and finding meaning in their lives.

Let us place the Sacrament of Reconciliation at the centre once more in such a way that it will enable people to touch the grandeur of God’s mercy with their own hands. For every penitent, it will be a source of true interior peace.

Pope Francis introducing the Year of Mercy

Friday evening 4th March

6.00pm  | Evening Prayer followed by talk on Focolare Spirituality.

7.15 | Mass followed by Exposition of Blessed Sacrament.

8.00 | Refreshments in Library followed by sharing and discussion.

10.00 | Compline followed by quiet prayer.

11.00 | Lectio Divina.  (Carmel Pearman)

12.00 | Office of Readings

Saturday morning 5th March

1.00am | Prayer chain, lights on map, with readings and prayers

3.00 |Stations of the Cross

5.00  | Praying with an Icon – Taize Style.

6.00 | Mass – for Peace and Reconciliation

8.30  | Morning Prayer (Reposition the Blessed Sacrament)

9.00 | Mass as usual. Afterwards –  Exposition of Blessed Sacrament

11.00 | Holy Hour for Peace in the world.

2.00pm | Midday Prayer followed by Rosary & litany of Sacred Heart.

4.00 | Prayer Chain.

5.00 | Quiet time and closing of  24hours.

6.00pm | Vigil Mass

Refreshments available through the 24hours in the Library kitchen