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Archbishop calls youth to listen to the word of God

More than two hundred young people from around the Archdiocese of Denver and neighboring cities filled Christ the King Chapel on the St. John Paul II Center campus to adore Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament.

Attendees prayed the liturgy of the hours and sung to the Lord with the help of the seminarian-run praise and worship band who led the fourth Vigil Praise for youth and young adults March 21.

Archbishop Samuel Aquila led Vigil Praise and gave a homily encouraging attentiveness to Scripture.

“Each year the Church gives to us the gift of the Lenten season to help us to be more attentive to the word, to listen and to hear the word, to let it penetrate our hearts,” Archbishop Aquila said. “It is only (in) keeping his word and being faithful to it that we will enjoy that eternal contemplation that God so desires for each and every human being.”

 

The archbishop also called for conversion.

“Each Lenten season is to be a time of conversion. It is to be a time when we reflect within our own hearts, ‘Is Jesus the keystone of my heart?'”

In anticipation of Easter, he exhorted, “May we attend all the more to what we have heard, so that we may grow in obedience to the word of God and experience the joy he desires for us as we prepare to celebrate the joy that he gives to us in his conquering of sin and death.”

Visit the Vigil Praise website for scheduled dates. http://vigilpraise.weebly.com.

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