Pray at 3:00 on First Friday? Count Me In!

The Right Reverend Kieran Conry has an idea:  He has called on all Catholics in his region to turn to prayer on the First Friday of each month at 3:00 p.m., the hour when Jesus died.

In anticipation of the Year of Faith, Bishop Conry, who is the bishop of Arundel and Brighton and chair of the Church of England and Wales’ evangelisation committee, hopes that working men and women will set the alarms on their cell phones for 2:55 p.m. to remind them to pray at 3:00 p.m. if possible, or during their lunch hour if 3:00 p.m. prayer is inconvenient.  The prayer needn’t be long or formal; a few minutes of sitting quietly for a moment of praise and thanksgiving is sufficient.

With the Friday prayers, Bishop Conry hopes to renew a tradition dating back to the 17th century.  And more than that, his request counters a government move away from the expression of faith in public places:  Just this week, British government lawyers went to the European Court of Human Rights, defending the right of employers to ban the wearing of crosses or other symbols of faith in the workplace. The landmark cases heard on Tuesday of this week were brought by four British Christians, including two workers who had been forced out of their jobs for wearing crosses.

So Catholics—in Britain at least—will resume the tradition of First Friday prayers. I don’t know whether any of the American bishops will issue the call—but I think it’s a darned good idea!  So as the Year of Faith approaches, as we gear up for a critical election in the United States, I plan to stop at 3:00 to pray on Friday, October 5, and Friday, November 2.  

Will you join me?

  • Patt

    I would prefer EVERY FRIDAY as a time for prayer. We need to stand out as Catholics and the fish on Friday thing went out the window–let us work on identity!! Christ died on Friday–let us never forget it.

  • Tabelle

    In the Philippines people already practised praying daily the 3′o clock prayer for years now. Radios, TVs & offices also post for this prayer everyday. Also during Lent starting Maudy Thursday to Black Saturday are holidays.

  • Simon

    Why do we have to invent things?
    What about something really traditional like the Angelus?
    And, yes, I agree, a public promotion of fasting.

  • http://CatholicNews Thomas Lynch

    I attend Mass in The Cathedral in Adelaide South Australia and we say the Angelus before mass at 12 Oclock As a boy growing up in Ireland The Angelus Bell was our clock Morning Noon and Night everyone stopped an prayed it was just a normal thing to do

    • Joaco

      Oi! Oi! Oi!

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  • jenny

    yes !