WATERTOWN, Mass. (February 25, 2016) – March 3rd and 5th CatholicTV will air the Opening and Closing Masses of the 24 Hours for the Lord from the Basillica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C.

The Opening Mass will air on Thursday, March 3, 2016 from the Crypt Church at 5:15 p.m. and rebroadcast at 11:30 p.m.The Celebrant and Homilist will be Most Reverend Timothy P. Broglio, Archbishop for the Military Services, U.S.A.

The Closing Mass and Eucharistic Procession will air on Saturday, March 5, 2016 from the Upper Church at 5:15 p.m. and rebroadcast at 11:30 p.m. The Celebrant and Homilist will be Most Reverend Paul S. Loverde, Bishop of Arlington, VA.

The 24 Hours for the Lord is a worldwide initiative where churches keep their doors open for 24 hours for the Sacrament of Reconcilliation and adoration. According to an article from the Archdiocese of Detroit, Pope Francis requests “‘this moment be linked, first and foremost, to the Sacrament of Reconciliation… So many people’, he wrote, ‘including young people, are returning to the sacrament of reconciliation; through this experience they are rediscovering a path back to the Lord, living a moment of intense prayer and finding meaning in their lives.’”

To find out more information about the 24 hour Vigil for The Lord please visit: http://archden.org/event/24-hours-of-mercy/#.Vs8cHljltaQ.

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