Bishop Foys has asked that this Thursday, August 20, Friday, August 21, and Saturday, August 22, be a Triduum (Three Days) of Prayer for an end to the coronavirus and an end to the fear and division among God’s people.
On Thursday and Friday, the church will be open from 9 am to 4 pm. On Saturday the church will be open from 10 am until 2 pm. From 11 am to noon on each of those days, the Blessed Sacrament will be exposed. I will say Mass on Saturday, which is the feast of the Queenship of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
The Bishop is asking that each of us make an effort to come to Mass to pray on those days, and if we can’t for any reason, to take some time at home for prayer for the intentions mentioned above. Also, we are all asked to make some kind of a sacrifice that day. We may choose to fast, to give up TV, or any other sacrifice that seems appropriate for us personally.
There is an old adage attributed to any number of different saints, that tells us, “Work as if it everything depends upon you. Pray as if everything depends upon God.” This is true for all circumstances, but especially now. We depend upon the work of scientists, medical professionals, and our own efforts, and we pray for God’s graces and blessings that this pandemic might be brought to an end.
The Feast of the Queenship of Mary was chosen as the day to conclude this Triduum of Prayer, as we want to especially call upon her intercession in this matter. As the Fifth Glorious Mystery of the Rosary teaches us, Mary was crowned Queen of Heaven and Earth after she ascended to Heaven. She is the Queen Mother, who reigns with her Son Jesus and dispenses to us all of the graces and blessings of God.
— Fr. Mike Comer