Published June 23, 2016
ATLANTA—There was great attendance by hundreds of lay faithful at a special all-night vigil held at Christ the King Cathedral June 3-4, sponsored by the Alliance of the Two Hearts—Georgia chapter.
The vigil was held on the solemnity of the Sacred Heart and the feast of the Immaculate Heart, which coincided with the first Friday and first Saturday of the month, days traditionally held in honor of the Sacred Heart and the Immaculate Heart. The powerful night of prayer lasted from 9 p.m. on Friday until 3 a.m. on Saturday.
The vigil began with the praying of the joyful and sorrowful mysteries of the holy rosary. Over 400 people attended the first Friday Mass, which was celebrated in the Traditional Latin Rite (Tridentine High Mass). The Mass celebrant was Father Jose Viola, of the Oblate Apostles of the Two Hearts. After the celebration of Mass, the Blessed Sacrament was exposed, followed by the Nine Offices of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, as revealed to St. Margaret Mary Alacoque. Afterward a procession with the Blessed Sacrament was held, followed by Benediction, and celebration of the Tridentine Low Mass. Over 100 people remained for the second Mass. The vigil concluded with the Divine Mercy chaplet and the luminous and glorious mysteries of the rosary.
The two great feasts of the Sacred Heart and Immaculate Heart were honored with reverence and solemnity in this memorable evening filled with sincere prayer, adoration and reparation to bring peace to the Church and the world.
“These vigils with the Sacred Heart and the Immaculate Heart are absolutely wonderful. It gives honor to God on first Fridays and first Saturdays for all the wonderful blessings he has given us,” said Thecla Baron, a New York state resident who attended.
Rebecca Menetre, a Third Order member of the Alliance of the Two Hearts—Georgia chapter, encouraged more to attend the all-night vigils currently held monthly in seven different parishes in the Atlanta area on first Friday and first Saturday.
“It’s amazing what the Holy Spirit and God’s grace will do for you and how he works through you and with your ‘fiat’ when you say, ‘Yes, I will,’” she said. “He keeps you going. He sustains you. Prayer can be hard. … But the graces and the blessings that flow through are absolutely amazing. … It’s beautiful, but it’s also imperative and critical in these times. We need the Two Hearts. … And this vigil is a great way to bring this knowledge and understanding and discernment to people.”
The all-night vigil encourages the Communion of Reparation lifestyle, which includes confession, adoration, rosary and the Eucharist.
For more information, call Diane Guesman at 678-910-5228 or visit www.allianceoftwoheartsgeorgia.com.