MARCH 27, 2020: Urbi et orbi is a solemn papal blessing “to the City [of Rome] and to the World” given on Christmas, Easter and proclamation of a newly elected pope. But on March 27 at 6pm in Vatican City, there will be a special ceremony is in response to the Covid-19 pandemic and it will conclude with Pope Francis giving the urbi et orbi blessing that could offer a plenary indulgence for all those who listen to it live through the various forms of communication medium.
He asked for all Christians around the world to participate in the ceremony virtually and join him in praying the Lord’s Prayer. The event will be live streamed from the Vatican. Those of us in Malaysia and Singapore will be able to watch the ceremony live online on March 28 (Saturday) at 1am.
The blessing ceremony will include Scriptures readings, prayers of supplication, and adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. Prior to this the Pope told Catholics, to pray the Rosary and seek the intercession of St Joseph during this pandemic.”We pray together, entrusting ourselves to the intercession of St. Joseph, guardian of the Holy Family, guardian of our families”.
These are some of the prayers that Pope Francis has been promoting via his twitter account during this Covid-19 outbreak:
#PrayTogether, Entrusting ourselves to the intercession of St. Joseph, who knew precariousness and bitterness. Though he was worried about the future, he knew how to walk through the darkness of certain moments, always letting himself be guided by God’s will without reservation.
Pray with Pope Francis the entrustment to Our Lady in the time of the pandemic.
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For the pontiff’s benediction urbi et orbi, the miraculous crucifix has been placed at St Peter’s Square temporarily. The crucifix was removed from the altar at the Church of San Marcello al Corso on Wednesday. The crucifix was venerated as miraculous by Romans after it was the only religious image to survive unscathed from a fire that completely gutted the church on May 23, 1519.