Washington D.C., Oct 14, 2018 / 06:00 am
Two churches in Maryland have held days Eucharistic adoration with prayers for healing from the recent scandals that have plagued the Church. St. Andrew Apostle Church in Silver Spring, along with Sacred Heart Church in La Plata, hosted a 24-hour "Day of Prayer: Repair My House" October 4-5.
About six weeks before the event, the pastors of the two parishes were discussing how to respond to the recent sexual abuse crisis and it effects both on them as priests and on their parishioners. According to Fr. Dan Leary, pastor at St. Andrew's, "we both kind of came to this conclusion: repair my Church, repair my Church."
Following that conversation, a program of events were held in the parishes centered around prayer, fasting, and adoration.
Since the outbreak of the recent scandals over the summer, many bishops, including Pope Francis, have called for the Church to collectively practice penance and fasting.