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St. Ignatius Church, Kojimachi, Tokyo

St. Ignatius Church, in accordance with the new directives given by the governor of Tokyo(dated March 25), has decided on the following measures.

 

  1. All Masses and activities will remain cancelled until April 12(Sun). People with special health issues and elderly people(above 80) in particular are requested to refrain from coming to the church.

  2. All chapels(including the main church) will be closed from March 28(Sat) till April 12(Sun). All are requested to pray at home.
  3. Weddings and funerals are allowed with minimum number of attendees.
  4. There will be no public services during the Holy Week. Please spend the Holy Week at your home prayerfully and meditatively. You may watch the live-streaming of the Holy Week services by Pope Francis or Arch Bishop Kikuchi.
  5. All group activates and ceremonies(Baptism, Conversion, First Communion etc.) are requested to be rescheduled after April 12(Sun)
  6. This announcement is of March 26(Thu). We will keep you updated as and when the situation changes.
  7. Pope Francis will hold a Benediction service(Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament) which will be live-streamed on March 28(Sat) at 2 am(Japanese time). Those who recite the necessary prayers will obtain a plenary indulgence.

The situation has made it impossible for us to hold the most important Holy Week services. let us pray together in these difficult times, holding our hearts close to the passion of Jesus on the Cross and with the hope for the day when we can truly rejoice in the resurrection of Christ.

March 27(Thu), 2020
Fr.Hanafusa Ryuichiro SJ

 

When Jesus and the disciples drew near Jerusalem

主よ、嵐の中にわたしたちを見捨てないでください」教皇による黙想
教皇フランシスコは、パンデミックの収束を祈ると共に、怖れから解放し希望を与える信仰の力を強調された。

Pope Francis meditated on the calming of the storm from the Gospel of Mark during the prayer service over which he presided on the steps of St Peter's Basilica on Friday evening. Here is the full text.

Thus says the Lord GOD ...

Fill your horn with oil, and be on your way ...

In those days, in their thirst for water, the people grumbled ...

The LORD said to Abram: “Go forth from the land of your ...
The LORD God formed man out of the clay of the ground ...
The LORD said to Moses, “Speak to the whole Israelite community and tell them ...
Blessed are you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth; you have revealed to little ones the mysteries of the kingdom.
Thus says the LORD: Share your bread with the hungry ...

Thus says the Lord GOD: Lo, I am sending my messenger ...

First the Lord degraded the land of Zebulun ...

The LORD said to me: You are my servant ...

Thus says the LORD: Here is my servant whom I uphold ...

Rise up in splendor, Jerusalem! Your light has come ...

The LORD said to Moses: Speak to Aaron and his sons and tell them ...

How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him who brings glad tidings...

How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him who brings glad tidings...

The LORD spoke to Ahaz, saying...

The desert and the parched land will exult...

On that day, a shoot shall sprout from the stump of ...

This is what Isaiah, son of Amoz ...

In those days, all the tribes of Israel came to David in Hebron and said...

Stand erect and raise your heads because your redemption is at hand...

It happened that seven brothers with their mother were arrested ...

Before the LORD the whole universe is as a grain from a balance...

The LORD is a God of justice, who knows no favorites...

In those days, Amalek came and waged war against Israel...

Naaman went down and plunged into the Jordan seven times at the word of ...

The word of the Lord remains forever. This is the word that has been proclaimed to you.

Thus says the LORD the God of hosts: Woe to the complacent in Zion!...

Though our Lord Jesus Christ was rich, he became poor, so that by his poverty you might become rich.

God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation.

Who can know God’s counsel, or who can conceive what the LORD intends?

Take my yoke upon you, says the Lord, and learn from me, for I am meek and humble of heart.

I am the way, the truth and the life, says the Lord; no one comes to the Father, except through me.

In those days, the princes said to the king: Jeremiah ought to be put to death ...

God's temple in heaven was opened ...

The night of the passover was known beforehand to our fathers ...

Vanity of vanities, says Qoheleth, vanity of vanities! All things are vanity ...

Mission 2030 Prayer Intention—April

As we welcome the spring season and the new fiscal year, we pray, Lord, that you grant us the courage and strength to build a compassionate society that protects and respects all life. Through the Risen Christ, may God's love reign over all in the Church and also in new areas of opportunity unfolding in various places in the world.
 
 

Pope’s Prayer Intention—April

Freedom from Addiction: We pray that those suffering from addiction may be helped and accompanied.


 

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