Brasilia (Agenzia Fides) - "In these times when the coronavirus pandemic is hovering over us and it is difficult to perceive the much sought-after light at the end of the tunnel, we are invited, as a Church, to help the Brazilian people through this dark night . To this end, many actions have already been undertaken at a local, diocesan and national levels, with the certainty that much more can be done". This is what Msgr. Joel Portella Amado, Auxiliary Bishop of Rio de Janeiro, Secretary General of the Brazilian Bishops' Conference (CNBB), wrote in the letter sent to the Archbishops and Bishops of the country with the subject "Keep alight the light of hope by praying for Brazil in times of pandemic".
After examining considerations and requests, the CNBB has decided to propose a National Day of Prayer to be held on February 2, on the feast of the Presentation of the Lord, announced Mgr. Portella Amado. This day will include a national program which will be broadcast partly by television channels and social networks of Catholic inspiration and partly carried out at a diocesan level.
At a national level, there will be several moments of prayer and reflection will therefore take place throughout the Day, all transmitted by the social networks of the CNBB. They will begin at 9 a.m. local with Mass celebrated from the Shrine of Our Lady of Mercy and will continue at 5 p.m. local with an online seminar on sources of encouragement in times of pandemic. At 7 pm the Rosary will be broadcast from the Shrine of Our Lady of Aparecida. The Bishops ask that, during this prayer of the Rosary, a candle be lit in each house to be placed in the window, so that the little light can be seen by other people. At 9 pm the day ends with the Night Prayer, from the Chapel of Our Lady of Aparecida at the CNBB headquarters in Brasilia.
"Aware of the fact that on the same day, we will give thanks to God for consecrated life - concludes Archbishop Portella Amado - I remind you that these celebrations do not overlap but are integrated with a view to the unique mission of the whole Church. May God bless the consecrated, arousing new and holy vocations". (SL) (Agenzia Fides, 1/2/2021)