Children praying the rosary at the Church of Our Lady Star of the Sea. Children praying the rosary at the Church of Our Lady Star of the Sea. Parishes in Singapore held a 24-hour vigil with the theme, “God,  Rich in Mercy”. The vigil was held from March 13, 8pm to March 14, 8pm.

This was in response to Pope Francis’ call to offer 24 hours of Eucharistic adoration and reconciliation during that period. Fr Stephen Yim, chairman of the Senate of Priests in his email to all priests on Feb 10, encouraged all parishes take up the call of the pope.

At least 12 parishes dedicated 24-hours to prayers.

While most parishes held Eucharistic adoration and reconciliation, the Church of St Bernadette held a two-hour Eucharistic adoration from 8-10 pm on March 13 while St Joseph’s Church (Victoria Street) held Eucharistic adoration and guided prayers from 8 pm on March 13 to 4.30 pm on March 14.

Some parishes also held the vigil in a unique way.

At Blessed Sacrament Church, the Fr Damien Youth Choir prayed the rosary using Latin Gregorian chant. They also prayed using chants from Taize.

Participants from the various parishes saw the vigil as a positive step that the Church was taking to pray for all in the world.
Young people participate in Eucharistic adoration at Blessed Sacrament Church. Young people participate in Eucharistic adoration at Blessed Sacrament Church.

“It is a very good thing. Pope Francis is calling for the conversion of sinners and this is very crucial for us during this time of Lent,” said Mr Gabriel Patrick, a 27-year-old youth coordinator at the Church of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

Ms Jacqueline Enoch from  the Church of St Vincent de Paul said, “I felt privileged praying alongside the pope. It was an eye opener to see the entire parish praying together.”

But she felt that holding a full 24-hour vigil was a little “ambitious” as there were only a handful of people who came in the wee hours of the morning.

By Lorna O’Hara
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