Day of Prayer for Survivors of Abuse 2024

The Church’s Day of Prayer for Survivors and Victims of Abuse took place on 16 February, the first Friday of Lent.

The Day of Prayer is an initiative of Pope Francis and was first marked in Irish dioceses in 2017.

Blessed candles will be lit in parishes across the country as a reminder to the faithful of the need for atonement and to symbolise repentance; light in the darkness and hope. These ‘Candles of Atonement’ will be lit in diocesan cathedrals and churches on the Day of Prayer and after that during the celebration of Mass and other liturgies.

The lighting of the ‘Candle of Atonement’ and the following prayer are based on the very moving Penitential Rite composed and prayed by Pope Francis at the final Mass of the 9th World Meeting of Families on 26 August 2018 at Phoenix Park, Dublin, when the Holy Father implored the Lord’s mercy for the crimes of abuse and asked for forgiveness.

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