Pentecost is fast approaching, and though the current global pandemic is clattering our minds, it is a day we ought to be reminded of the “when”and the “what”. This is the day the church “the called” of God, was born, the Holy Spirit indwelled on the followers of Christ and hence the continual growth of the Church since that Pentecost Sunday.
For the Ignatian family this year, a call to stand together for the glory of God, has been made through a worldwide prayer vigil on May 30, 2020. While some churches are beginning to open up in some countries, many will be indoors unable to celebrate Pentecost in person. This prayer vigil offers an opportunity, it is a reminder that we are not alone.
COVID-19 has affected the entire human community. What better response than to pray together, "Come, Holy Spirit, and renew the face of the earth!" I therefore encourage you to join a half-hour online Pentecost prayer vigil on Saturday, May 30. It will bring together the Ignatian family and our Jesuit and Ignatian networks throughout the world in more than 100 countries. Please join these brothers and sisters of yours, in spirit and in prayer, at this unique moment in human history.
The prayer vigil will be streamed at three separate times to accommodate the global Ignatian Family across three time zones: 8:00 PM in Manila, 8:00 PM in Rome, and 8:00 PM in New York. For Africa join at 9:00PM (Nairobi, EAT) or 6PM (Abidjan, GMT). Or simply check your timezone equivalent.
Before then, we can pray daily for God's Holy Spirit to come powerfully among us. Invite your friends and networks to join the vigil. Share your own prayers in advance on social media with #IgnatianPentecost and #TogetherAMDG
On May 30, come to the vigil with an open heart. “This ‘Pentecost network’ will allow us to experience the extraordinary gift of solidarity in mission that is the life of the Society of Jesus and our companions in the mission. ”— James Hanvey SJ
The Society of Jesus in Rome will stream the vigil on YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter. The content for the vigil will be the same each time, but there will be a live conversation and sharing of prayer intentions on social media during the vigil.
Remember to please join us for the vigil this Saturday night at the indicated timezones. Bring your prayer intentions and a candle.Watch the promotional video below!
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