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St. Dominic to host Lenten ‘Mercy Night’

March 23, 2017

Like many San Francisco parishes, St Dominic offers an annual penance service shortly before Holy Week. This year’s attendees, however, will be greeted by something new: candles, music and eucharistic adoration. All of this is part of “Mercy Night,” a worldwide phenomenon now coming to San Francisco.

“Mercy Night was brought to my Dominican parish in Seattle 10 years ago; we’ve been doing it ever since,” said archdiocesan director of marriage and family life Ed Hopfner, who is helping to coordinate the effort. “We have opportunities for confession, prayer teams to pray with you if you wish, you can light a candle, or just sit and listen to beautiful contemplative music, all while you spend time quietly with our Lord.”

Dan Chan, also helping with Mercy Night, said  he “stumbled upon it in an unassuming church” while in London. “I was blown away by the peace, contemplation, and beauty of the experience. People from all walks of life, and from all points in their faith (or lack thereof) journey, were welcomed into the church to encounter our risen Lord, and to enjoy his consolation. Mercy Night is the perfect opportunity to invite that friend who you’ve always wanted to introduce to our beautiful faith. It’s simple, quiet, and unintimidating.”

Mercy Night, St. Dominic Church, 2390 Bush St., San Francisco, April 4, 7:30-9 p.m. All are welcome.


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