After praying the midday Angelus together with those gathered in St. Peter’s Square, the Pope recalled that the event is “a joint initiative with the local Churches throughout the world and I have recommended it to be observed in parishes, religious communities, associations and movements too.”
“The time of preparation for Holy Christmas is a propitious moment to invoke divine protection for every human being called into existence, and also for a thanksgiving to God for the gift of life received from our parent,” he added.
The Hoy Father will celebrate the vigil in St. Peter’s Basilica on the eve of the First Sunday of Advent. The Congregation for Divine Worship and the Sacraments and the Pontifical Council for the Family collaborated in creating an outline for the vigil, and the U.S. bishops’ conference is developing resources for the parishes.
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On the Net:
Vigil information: www.usccb.org/prolife/papalvigil/