In addition to individual confession with one of four priests who will be available, the day includes exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, adoration and votive candles for penitents to light at the front of the church. Sacred music also will play quietly in the church.
By midday Oct. 30, Unite Our Nation was more than halfway to its goal of holding adoration of the Blessed Sacrament events at 1,000 parishes nationwide on Election Day, Nov. 3, while the voting polls are open in parishes’ respective time zones.
The announcement was accompanied by a list of strict guidelines that pastors and parishes must follow. These include limiting the number of people in the church at any one time to 10 or less, following current social distancing guidelines, and cleaning and sanitizing pews daily.
The Christ Child is the source of light in the painting. The edges of the scene are nearly in darkness reminiscent of John’s Gospel: “The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.”