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Virginia Vespers: Evening Prayer for the Commonwealth

2020 Virginia Vespers: Evening Prayer for the Commonwealth

Please mark your calendars now for Thursday, March 5, 2020, as the Virginia Catholic Conference once again presents a special opportunity to come together with Catholic bishops, priests, parishioners, people of all faiths, educators, social service providers and public officials to pray for the needs of Virginia.

On that March date, Bishop Knestout, Bishop Burbidge and the Virginia Catholic Conference will host the fifth annual Virginia Vespers: Evening Prayer for the Commonwealth at the beautiful historic Cathedral of the Sacred Heart in Richmond. The liturgy begins at 5 p.m. A reception follows and all are invited!

Vespers or Evening Prayer is a prayer of thanksgiving and part of the Liturgy of the Hours, used by the Church for millennia to sanctify the hours of the day through praise of God and prayers for the needs of the world. Stay tuned for registration information and additional details.

Past Virginia Vespers

2019 Vespers

The Arlington and Richmond dioceses invited all to come together for dialogue, prayer with, and for, elected leaders and Virginia on February 12, 2019 at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart in Richmond.

This special evening brought people of all faiths and public leaders together for evening prayer and reflection led by the bishops, followed by a wine and appetizers reception.

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2018 Vespers

In 2018, Arlington Bishop Michael Burbidge and Richmond Bishop Barry Knestout welcomed public officials, Catholic clergy, parishioners and people of all faiths to the historic Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, Richmond, to pray for and with our legislators and the people of Virginia.

Prayers were offered in English, Spanish, Tagalog, Korean and Vietnamese, a reflection of the Church’s universal nature. Choirs from All Saints Catholic School, Benedictine College Preparatory School, Saint Gertrude High School and the Cathedral’s Schola Cantorum sang sacred song during this ancient evening prayer liturgy. A wine and appetizer reception followed.

2016 and 2017 Vespers

The late Bishop Francis X. DiLorenzo and then-Bishop (now Emeritus) Paul S. Loverde hosted the first-ever prayer liturgy for the needs of the Commonwealth in 2016. Among the participants that first year were Governor Terry McAuliffe, state legislators, clergy, educators and parishioners – from different parties and other faiths. The tradition continued in 2017, with Bishop Michael F. Burbidge joining Bishop DiLorenzo and participants in prayer for Virginia.

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