I recently experienced Nightfever for the first time. This is a new form of initiative and outreach in the Church, which began at World Youth Day.
Nightfever involves exposition and adoration of the Most Blessed Sacrament but outwith the usual or expected form. Rather than a set liturgy – apart from the Sacrifice of the Mass, with which it usually begins – it involves nothing more than allowing people to come and spend time quietly in the presence of the Lord, for as short or as long a time as they like. In the background, gentle music plays. The lights of the Church are lowered or switched off and the area surrounding the Sanctuary is filled with lit candles. Priests are available for the Sacrament of Reconciliation or simply to talk.
As well as advertising the evening, the organisers also go out into the surrounding streets and invite passers-by to come and spend a moment in the presence of the Eucharistic Christ. Many accept the offer.
It is deeply encouraging to see this initiative, flowing from the faith of young people within the Church – and it is perhaps a sign that regardless of the media reports of dwindling Church numbers, good things are happening in the Church and the Lord is keeping His promise that ‘the gates of hell will never prevail’ against the Church.
I was very happy to have experienced Nightfever and I find myself wanting it to come back again – it was a blessed and prayerful evening, one filled with many graces.
Read more about Nightfever.