The purpose of this article is to provide information on 24 Hours for the Lord and links concerning the event, along with the official poster for the year.
Official Information on the Event
Official information for the holding of the "24 Hours of the Lord" is found bellow, drawing from two documents by Pope Francis. By no means is it explicitly spelt out in these documents - although this could be stated elsewhere (please let me know if you do) - that this is an annual occurrence - but it is irrefutably expressed in the latter document quoted.
The initiative of “24 Hours for the Lord,” to be celebrated on the Friday and Saturday preceding the Fourth Week of Lent, should be implemented in every diocese. So many people, including young people, are returning to the Sacrament of Reconciliation; through this experience they are rediscovering a path back to the Lord, living a moment of intense prayer and finding meaning in their lives. Let us place the Sacrament of Reconciliation at the centre once more in such a way that it will enable people to touch the grandeur of God’s mercy with their own hands. For every penitent, it will be a source of true interior peace.
Misericordia et misera, Apostolic Letter, 20 Nov, 2016.
A favourable occasion for this [Sacrament of Reconciliation] could be the 24 Hours for the Lord, a celebration held in proximity to the Fourth Sunday of Lent. This initiative, already in place in many dioceses, has great pastoral value in encouraging a more fervent experience of the sacrament of Confession.
24 Hours for the Lord is for the whole Catholic Church and one of its main aims is to create a powerful tradition.
It's hoped that the initiative will be held annually on the Fourth Sunday of Lent.
24 Hours for the Lord this Year: 2017
Following the enthusiasm of past year, the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of the New Evangelization proposes the 24 hours for the Lord also for the Lent of 2017, on March 24-25.
From the perpetuation of the sacrifice of the Cross and her communion with the body and blood of Christ in the Eucharist, the Church draws the spiritual power needed to carry out her mission. The Eucharist thus appears as both the source and the summit of all evangelization, since its goal is the communion of mankind with Christ and in him with the Father and the Holy Spirit.