Have Mercy on Us, O Lord
A Prayer Vigil of Reparation and Petition

All Catholics of the greater Philadelphia area are invited to an evening of prayer before Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament to ask for His mercy upon His Church in this moment of profound crisis. We come to make reparation for our own sins and those of our bishops and priests. We come also in confident hope that from Christ’s superabounding mercy will come the purification, healing and restoration of holiness for which we long. Full details are below.

Parishes, groups, and communities are encouraged to attend together and make a holy hour or half-hour at a time of your choosing during this seven-hour vigil. 

For those who are sick or homebound and unable to join us in person, please consider using this Prayer Guide to pray alongside us from home: English / Español


Friday, September 14, 2018 – 5 PM to Midnight
The doors of the Cathedral will be open to all who wish to come and pray during this period. Everyone is invited to make this a day of fasting. Priests will be available to hear confessions throughout the entire evening.  

  • 5:00 PM – Solemn Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament
  • 5:00-7:00 PM – Silence, for personal prayer*
  • 7:00-8:00 PM – Holy Hour of Reparation (Prayer Service, bilingual English & Spanish)
  • 8:00-11:45 PM – Silence, for personal prayer*
  • 12:00 AM –  Solemn Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament  

* At the top of each hour, there will be a hymn and a Gospel reading.  A Prayer Guide will be provided in both English and Spanish for those who wish to use it to guide their personal prayer time. 

Men and Women Religious: Thank you to our local religious congregations for their prayerful presence throughout this vigil. Men and Women Religious are invited to attend the holy hour chosen by your community.  Religious communities that have not yet signed up for a holy hour are welcome to do so here:
Religious Community Holy Hour Schedule & Sign-Up

Directions & Parking

Location: Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul, 18th Street and Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19103

Free parking is available in the Cathedral parking lot accessed via 17th Street.

For the Cathedral parking lot, use GPS address: 222 N 17th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103

Please help us invite others

Questions? Email phillyevang@archphila.org