The phenomenon known as Nightfever is set to come to Liverpool on the evening of Saturday 7 February when young people from Animate Youth Ministries will take over the Blessed Sacrament Shrine in Dawson Street in the city centre before taking to the streets to invite people in to join them, light a candle and say a prayer.
The evening will begin with Mass at 5.40pm followed by adoration, music and reflection from 7.30-11pm during which time volunteers will pray in silence before the Blessed Sacrament. People passing the church will be offered candles by Nightfever street missionaries and invited to come into the church to light them, wind down, and enjoy the music and atmosphere.
Visitors will be able to stay as long as they want and will be encouraged to write down prayer intentions, and draw a word of scripture from baskets. The evening will offer them an opportunity to deepen their faith, and to find out about Catholic events and groups taking place in the area, including concerts, feast day celebrations, talks, and courses.
Chris Jones, the team co-ordinator from Animate Youth Ministries who is organising the event, said: 'Nightfever in its purest form is very simple – it seems to me that the simplicity attracts people to Jesus. I haven’t met one person who does not want to light a candle, some people even ask for one to be lit for them. This is a chance for everyone to “come and see” (John 1:46). If that means that they come in for a total of five minutes and spend that in front of the Blessed Sacrament, that’s five minutes more than they would have normally. Having volunteered and latterly been on the leadership team for Nightfever Glasgow, I have seen people going into church and coming out with tears of joy in their eyes.'
Nightfever began following the World Youth Day with Pope Benedict XVI held in Cologne in 2005; it has since spread across Europe, to North America, South America and Australasia. It arrived in the United Kingdom in February 2012 and currently takes place in London, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Oxford, Manchester and Birmingham.
The evening is open to all and anyone wishing to take part should go to the Blessed Sacrament Shrine, Dawson Street, L1 1LE, on the evening of Saturday 7 February.
For further information contact Chris Jones, Team Co-ordinator, Animate Youth Ministries. Tel: 01744 740463. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org