UK and overseas partners come together for Lent prayer vigil

Communities from across the Jesuit world took part in an online prayer vigil for Lent, as part of a campaign run by Jesuit Missions (JM).

JM partners from both the UK and overseas came together today (Tuesday, 19 March) to create a diverse order of service, comprising prayers, readings and music in a variety of languages.

It formed part of JM’s wider Lenten campaign, ‘Mission to Hope, which celebrates the efforts of British and international Jesuit works on the theme of hope for the future.

Musical contributions included a psalm performed by the choir of St Wilfrid’s, Preston, and an original piano piece composed and played by Jerald Ylagan, a Year 11 pupil at St Ignatius College, Enfield.

The vigil also saw a reading in Malagasy from Patricia Tahirindray, Programme Coordinator at the Centre Arrupe in Madagascar, a blessing from Fr GS Thayriam SJ from the Jesuit Province of Madurai, and a Gospel passage in Spanish from Jesuit Missions’ International Programmes Officer, Laura Angarita.

Jesuit Missions’ Director, Paul Chitnis, opened the event with a welcome introduction, while Catriona Fletcher, Director of the Ignatian Spirituality Centre in Glasgow, who collaborated on the vigil, delivered a prayer.

The video is available to view below, as well as on the ‘Mission to Hope’ campaign page on the Jesuit Missions’ website and through the Jesuit Missions’ YouTube channel.

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