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Pray-a-thon 2021

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What is Pray-a-thon?

In the spring of 2009, a UIW student created the first 24-hour Pray-a-thon as a way to more fully immerse the UIW campus into deeper prayer in anticipation of Easter. What began as 24 hours of prayer has evolved into a week-long Pray-a-thon filled with opportunities to experience prayer in different forms, expressions, and traditions.  

Today, Pray-a-thon is celebrated annually as a week-long celebration – Sunday to Sunday – in conjunction with the Feast of the Annunciation, March 25, otherwise known as Incarnate Word Day. This year it will take place from March 21-28, 2021.  

While we find ourselves still in the midst of the global pandemic that started a year ago, we draw on the hope and strength of the mission and heritage of our university. The Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word, through their dedication to Jesus Christ, the Incarnate Word have demonstrated for us perseverance, faith, and hope in the midst of worldly challenges.  

We invite you next week, March 21-28, 2021 to take intentional time for yourself and your community to participate the prayer opportunities that are already taking place on your individual campuses, as well any of the additional events in celebration of this special week.   

You will find the following opportunities made available for you each day: 

  • Opportunities for Prayer and Reflection: Daily Scriptures, Novena, and Music for Meditation
  • A Six Day Lenten Lunchtime Examen: An invitation to pause each day at noontime (or whatever time fits your calendar) to review your day in the presence of God.
  • Virtual tours: Locations locally and globally of sacred spaces
  • Catholic Liturgies: A variety of opportunities to attend Mass
  • Headline Events: A special presentation from a UIW community member
  • Formative Notes: Saints and holy people of the day; "Did you know?" - facts about Catholicism

Pray-a-thon 2021 will be hosted primarily through our social media platforms with some in-person opportunities following appropriate social distancing guidelines. You can connect with us at the links below for daily content. Headline events are listed below with details of who to contact. 

Questions about Pray-a-thon? Contact the Mission and Ministry Office at ministry@uiwtx.edu.

Sunday, March 21, 2021 - 5th Sunday of Lent

Headline Event: Sunday Morning Mass - 11 a.m. (Virtual and In-person) Open
Lenten Lunch Time Examen - Session 1 Open
Prayer - Novena for Racial Healing and Reconciliation - Day 1 Open
Did you Know? Venerable Henriette Delille, 1812-1862 "Servant of Slaves" Open
Music for Meditation Open
Virtual Tour: St. Peter's Basilica Open

Monday, March 22, 2021

Sacrament of Reconciliation and Daily Mass Open
Headline Event: 6 p.m. - Ecumenical and Interfaith Virtual Service Open
Lenten Lunch Time Examen - Session 2 Open
Novena for Racial Healing and Reconciliation - Day 2 Open
Did you know? - Venerable Augustus Tolton Open
Music for Meditation Open
Virtual Tour Open

Tuesday, March 23, 2021

Sacrament of Reconciliation and Daily Mass Open
Lenten Lunch Time Examen - Session 3 Open
Novena for Racial Healing and Reconciliation - Day 3 Open
Did you know? - Mother Mary Lange Open
Music for Meditation Open
Virtual Tours Open
Prayer - Pope Francis' Five Finger Prayer Open
Did you know? - Spiritual Works of Mercy Open

Wednesday, March 24, 2021

Sacrament of Reconciliation and Daily Mass Open
11:30 am Lunchtime Concert Series: Reflections on Unity, Peace, and Hope Open
Headline Event - 6 p.m. - Evening Prayer with the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word Open
Headline Event: 7 p.m. - Breathe Young Adult Group: Live and In Person Open
Lenten Lunch Time Examen - Session 4 Open
Novena for Racial Healing and Reconciliation - Day 4 Open
Did you know? - Venerable Pierre Toussaint Open
Music for Meditation Open
Virtual Tour Open

Thursday, March 25, 2021 - Incarnate Word Day

Sacrament of Reconciliation and Daily Mass Open
Headline Event: CCVI Spirit Award Presentation with Guest Speaker Dr. Tim O'Malley - 3 p.m. Open
Headline Event: Incarnate Word Day Mass with the Sisters - 5 p.m. Open
CCVI Prayer Intentions site Open
Virtual Tour: CCVI Heritage Center Open
Music for Meditation - Hymn to the Incarnate Word Open
Did you know? Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word Open
Prayer - Cardinal Prayer Chain Open
Lenten Lunch Time Examen - Day 5 Open
Novena for Racial Healing and Reconciliation - Day 5 Open

Friday, March 26, 2021

Lenten Lunch Time Examen - Session 6 Open
Novena for Racial Healing and Reconciliation - Day 6 Open
Did you know? Sister Thea Bowman - 1937-2000 Open
Did you know? Corporal Works of Mercy Open
Music for Meditation Open
Virtual Tour - Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe Open

Saturday, March 27, 2021

Headline Event: Outdoor Stations of the Cross at The Headwaters Open
Novena for Racial Healing and Reconciliation - Day 7 Open
Did you know? - Julia Greely - Denver's Angel of Charity - 1833-1848 Open
Music for Meditation Open
Virtual Tour: St. Mark's Basilica - Venice, Italy Open

Sunday, March 28, 2021 - Palm Sunday of the Lord's Passion

Headline Event: Sunday Morning Mass - 11 a.m. (Virtual and In-person) Open
Novena for Racial Healing and Reconciliation - Day 8 Open
Music for Meditation Open
Virtual Tour: Basilica de la Sagrada Familia Open
Live Perpetual Adoration Open

Monday, March 29, 2021

Novena for Racial Healing and Reconciliation - Day 9 Open

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