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Day for Consecrated Life

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This day is celebrated as THE DAY OF CONSECRATED LIFE:

 

  • to praise and thank the Lord for His gift to the Church of consecrated lives;

  • to promote a knowledge of, and esteem for, the consecrated life by the People of God;

  • to invite those who have consecrated their lives to celebrate solemly together the marvels the Lord has accomplished in them

  • . . and to acquire a more vivid consciousness of their irreplaceable mission in the Church and in the world        (John Paul II  1997).

In 1997, Pope Saint John Paul II instituted a day of prayer for women and men in consecrated life. This celebration is attached to the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord on February 2nd. This Feast is also known as Candlemas Day; the day on which candles are blessed symbolizing Christ who is the light of the world. So too, those in consecrated life are called to reflect the light of Jesus Christ to all peoples. The celebration of World Day for Consecrated Life is transferred to the following Sunday in order to highlight the gift of consecrated persons for the whole Church.

World Day for Consecrated Life is celebrated on February 2nd. However, it is observed in parishes on the Sunday after February 2nd. In 2022, this day will be celebrated in parishes February 5-6, 2022.

 

Imitate the Life of Paul