Pope Francis is inviting Christians around the world to come together in spirit, to pray the Our Father, this Wednesday, March 25th, at noon (Rome time). That will be 7:00 a.m. ET. Italy's COVID-19 deaths are staggering, with today's number of deaths at 6077.
With most of the world practicing social distancing, individual prayer, when timed together with a larger group, can create solidarity, without in person socialization. Pope Francis has displayed time and time again his call to unite all people of all religious beliefs in prayer. Just last week he invited the world to come together, inviting all faiths to unite together in saying the rosary.
The Holy Father also announced that on Friday, March 27, he will spend time in prayer in St. Peter’s, starting at 6 pm. The evening will include the Liturgy of the Word, and benediction with the Blessed Sacrament. Pope Francis said he will give an urbi et orbi apostolic blessing to the City of Rome and the entire world. The blessing is for the possibility of attaining a plenary indulgence. The urbi et orbi blessings are usually given on solemn occasions, religious holidays like Christmas, Easter, and when a new pope.
Below are Pope Francis' words translated according to a release from the Vatican:
"During these trying days, while humanity trembles due to the threat of the pandemic, I would like to propose to all Christians that together we lift our voices towards Heaven. I invite all the Heads of the Churches and the leaders of every Christian community, together with all Christian of the various confessions, to invoke the Almighty, the omnipotent God, to recite at the same time the prayer that Jesus, our Lord, taught us. I, therefore, invite everyone to do this several times a day, but all together, to recite the Our Father this coming Wednesday, 25 March, at noon, all together. On that day which many Christians recall the Annunciation to the Virgin Mary of the Incarnation of the Word, may the Lord listen to the united prayer of His disciples who are preparing themselves to celebrate the victory of the Risen Christ.
With this same intention, this coming Friday, 27 March, at 6:00pm, I will preside over a moment of prayer on the sagrata of Saint Peter’s Basilica, before the empty square. I invite everyone to participate spiritually through the means of communication. We will listen to the Word of God, we will lift our supplication, we will adore the Blessed Sacrament, with which at the end, I will give the Urbi et Orbi blessing, to which will be connected the possibility of receiving the plenary indulgence."
Here are the words to our Lord's Prayer, the Our Father, for everyone:
Our Father, Who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy name; Thy kingdom come; Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. Amen