On September 23rd, the Franciscan Action Network would like to invite anyone interested to join an Interfaith Prayer Vigil near the National Mall at John Marshall Place Park.
The 23rd is Yom Kippur, one of the holiest days in the Jewish calendar, and is a day of atonement. Following in this spirit, the vigil in Washington DC will invite all present to atone for past deeds committed against the Earth and its people. Music will be interspersed throughout, and faith and civic leaders will offer messages of hope, justice and peace as we also witness the firsthand accounts of the effects that carelessness and selfishness can have on our world and our brothers and sisters. A call to action, animated by love, is thus borne out of the spirit of atonement and solemnity.
The vigil will last all evening. The main event at John Marshall Place Park (DC) will coincide with the close of Yom Kippur. A shofar will be blown at exactly 8:30 PM ET signifying the end of Yom Kippur. Immediately after, there will be a ceremonial “Breaking of the Fast” to include core representatives of the 10 day #FastForClimate that will be occurring at McPherson Square. For an overview of the DC vigil program, click here.
If you or your community of faith would like to sign up for one hour of the all-night vigil in DC, please fill out the form below and indicate which hour your faith tradition will be praying.
If you or your faith community are not in the DC area, but would like to participate remotely, sign up on the form below and indicate where you are located. Please be sure to send us your photos and tell us about your vigil so we can share your prayers with the wider Franciscan community. You can contact Communications Coordinator, Janine Walsh at firstname.lastname@example.org.