FULFILLING POPE FRANCIS WISH – Macau Diocese Welcomes “24 Hours For The Lord”

Pedro Daniel Oliveira

From March 9-10, the Diocese of Macau celebrates the “24 Hours for the Lord,” in order to fulfill Pope Francis’ wish, inviting the churches of every diocese to keep their doors open round the clock, thus offering the faithful access to confession and Eucharistic adoration.

Organized by the Pontifical Council for Promoting New Evangelization (a Roman Curia dicastery), this religious celebration aims to return the sacrament of reconciliation to the center of the Church’s pastoral activity. In Macau, it’s held in the Cathedral.

“Easter is the most important celebration, alongside Christmas, for Catholic Christians. For this reason,  in the time of Lent, the Church invites all Christians to an intense period of prayer, penance and charity,” Fr Daniel Ribeiro told O CLARIM, adding, “for Macau Catholics to live intensely a period of prayer, the Diocese offers next week, from Friday to Saturday, 24 hours of adoration of the Blessed Sacrament.”

Giving “singular importance” to this occasion, since it will be “a moment of communion in the local Church,” Fr Ribeiro told us that “worship will take place in Portuguese, English and Chinese.”

“I request those who participate in the Mass, at different times and in different languages, to be together at the Cathedral, praying for the Diocese of Macau, for peace in the world and for the intentions of Pope Francis,” he stressed.

“It will be a special moment of prayer and communion, to help prepare us for the Pasch of Jesus,” Fr Ribeiro said. He is one of the confessors, along with Fr Andrzej Blazkiewicz, Fr José Ángel Hernández, Fr Franz Gassner and O CLARIM Director Fr José Mario Mandía.


On March 9, Eucharistic adoration in Portuguese starts at 7:30 PM, in English at 8:45 PM, and in Cantonese at 9:45 PM, while sacramental confession is available simultaneously in three languages. Eucharistic adoration continues throughout the night.

On March 10, Eucharistic adoration and the morning prayer in Cantonese starts at 7:20 AM, followed by Mass in Cantonese at 7:45 AM, while the Eucharistic adoration and Rosary, also in Cantonese, starts at 8:30 AM. Sacramental confessions in three languages run from 8:20 AM-12:00 PM, and 4:00 PM-6:00 PM.

The Rosary in Portuguese is scheduled for 5:30 PM, the Portuguese Mass for 6:00 PM, and the Eucharistic adoration in Cantonese, and Sacramental confession in three languages, for 7:15 PM. Religious celebration ends at 8:15 PM.

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