In a statement issued today by the Diocese of Rockville Centre, Bishop William Murphy, the leader of Long Island Catholics requested the faithful to pray and fast for peace in the Middle East and Syria. This invitation comes directly upon Pope Francis’ request: the Holy Father declared September 7, Rome time, as a day of prayer for peace in Syria.
Each Catholic Church throughout Long Island will have a specific schedule dedicated for opportunities of communal prayer, a Mass for peace, and recitation of the Rosary, and Eucharistic Adoration and Benediction.
A special vigil to coincide with the event in Saint Peter’s Square’s set by Pope Francis is to be held at the Seminary of Immaculate Conception in Huntington on Saturday from 1-5 p.m. The tentative schedule to pray for peace in Syria is as follows:
- 1 Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and midday prayer
- 1:30 Scripture reading and brief reflection
- 1:45 Litany
- 2:15 Rosary
- 2:45 Scripture Reading, Brief Reflection followed by Litany
- 3:15 Rosary
- 4 Vespers with Benediction and Reposition with Bishop Robert J. Brennan, presiding
- 5 Mass with Bishop Robert Brennan
According to Bishop Murphy, “Coming to the Seminary is an exemplary way to join in this communal prayer for peace with the Holy Father.” While it may be model behavior, the trip to Huntington might not be feasible for many Long Island Catholics. Check with your local parish for its schedule that answers Pope Francis’ call to pray for peace in Syria on Saturday, September 7.
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