24 Hours of Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament with Confession

The Diocese of Trenton is invited to celebrate “24 Hours for the Lord,” an extended period of confessions and

Eucharistic adoration on Friday-Saturday of the Third Week of Lent, March 29-30.  This year’s theme, suggested by the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of the New Evangelization is “Compassion.”  Last year, 10 parishes of the Diocese —- at least one in each county Vicariate —- hosted a “24 Hours” with various adaptations determined by the parishes. 


An excerpt from Pope Francis’ Lenten Message reads:  Above all, I urge the members of the Church to take up the Lenten journey with enthusiasm, sustained by almsgiving, fasting and prayer. If, at times, the flame of charity seems to die in our own hearts, know that this is never the case in the heart of God! He constantly gives us a chance to begin loving anew. One such moment of grace will be, again this year, the “24 Hours for the Lord” initiative, which invites the entire Church community to celebrate the sacrament of Reconciliation in the context of Eucharistic



In 2019, inspired by the words of Psalm 130:4, “With you is forgiveness”, this will take place from Friday, March 29 to Saturday, March 30. In each diocese, at least one church will remain open for twenty-four consecutive hours, offering an opportunity for both Eucharistic adoration and sacramental confession.


In Burlington County, St. Mary of the Lakes Church, 40 Jackson Rd., Medford will offer 24 Hours Adoration, which will begin after the 9:00 a.m. Mass on Friday, March 29, and will conclude with Benediction before the 9:00 a.m. Mass Saturday, March 30. On Friday, Confessions will be heard from 9:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., and Stations of the Cross will be prayed at 7:30 p.m.