Bishop Edward J. Burns and Auxiliary Bishop Greg Kelly are asking Christians throughout North Texas to join the 1.3 million Catholics in the Diocese of Dallas in praying the Our Father at 12 noon on Wednesday, March 25th. The Bishop has also asked the leaders of other denominations to join in this effort and several have pledged their congregants to the effort. They include the Episcopal Diocese of Dallas, the Northern Texas/Louisiana Area Lutheran Church, and the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church.
The invitation from Bishop Burns comes in answer to Pope Francis' call to the leaders of all Christian churches and Christians everywhere, to join together in praying the Our Father on March 25th to implore God to rid the world of the COVID- 19 pandemic. In addition, and as a call to prayer, all participating churches are asked to ring their bells at noon on Wednesday.
According to Bishop Burns, “It is important that in these days of trial and great fear at the threat of the coronavirus, that all Christians lift our voices together in prayer to ask God our Heavenly Father for an end to this sad, turbulent time; and to pray for all those who have lost their lives to the virus, those who mourn them, as well as those battling the disease and those suffering dire financial circumstances at this time. May our Lord Jesus Christ bring comfort and healing.”
The Lord's Prayer
Our Father, Who art in heaven,
Hallowed be Thy Name.
Thy Kingdom come.
Thy Will be done,
on earth as it is in Heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil. Amen.