Pope Francis Urbi et Orbi

Dear Friends

            Today at 10 am, I was able to join with the Holy Father in prayer during his Urbi et Orbi prayer at St. Peter’s Basilica. It was an extremely moving experience and I would encourage of you to take some time today or tomorrow to pray with it. An “Urbi et Orbi” address is given by the Pope on certain solemn occasions. As Bishop of Rome it is addressed to the City of Rome (Urbi) and as Supreme Pontiff to the entire world (Orbi). In light of all the difficulties we are facing as a human race throughout the world, who better to address these concerns than the Vicar of Christ here on earth? Pope Francis truly is the one world leader who can address these issues in a way that no one else can.

In this address he uses the image of Jesus sleeping in the boat with his disciples while they are being tossed about by the tempests of the world around them. Isn’t that how we feel with this coronavirus? However, with Jesus at our side (he’s literally and figuratively in the “same boat together with us”), we should not be afraid. Turn to him now during this dark time to see the hope of the light of His Easter resurrection.

I have attached the link down below. We will also try to put the link on our website and Facebook page. It is about an hour long, and I would encourage you to be present for the entire event. Set some time aside, get into a comfortable and prayerful space and pray with the Holy Father and Catholics from all over the world. It is truly a prayerful and moving experience.

However, if you would like to just see the highlights I have put the timeline here and you can “fast forward” to various key moments.        

Starts at 5:30 minute mark. There is some preliminary remarks before the Pope arrives

Homily starts at 10 minute mark (it is truly inspiring)
            Homily ends at 27:30
            Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament begins at 35 minutes
            Prayers for the world begin at 46 minutes
            Benediction begins at 53 minutes and ends at about an hour

Yours in Christ,

Fr. Scott Connolly

P.S. Please join us this Sunday at 9:30 am for our livestream mass. Click here to connect with our Facebook page.  If you do not have Facebook, the Mass will be streamed live on the St. Paul website.

Urbi et Orbi prayer and benediction with Pope Francis March 27, 2020