Nightfever returns to Liverpool city centre on Saturday 2 May under the banner 'Open Church, Open Heart' for a sequel to the street mission phenomenon's successful Merseyside debut of three months ago.
This weekend's second coming of Nightfever will begin as did the first on 7 February – with the 5.40pm Vigil Mass at the Blessed Sacrament Shrine on Dawson Street.
Adoration, music and reflection will follow between 7pm and 10pm, during which time street missionaries will carry out the central activity of any Nightfever event – to take to the streets to offer people candles and invite them into church to light them, pray, and enjoy the music and atmosphere.
An explanation of the Nightfever phenomenon and its history will be given after the parish Vigil Mass, with training then available for those wishing to go out into the streets. As with the first staging of Nightfever, Saturday's edition is being run under the auspices of the Archdiocese of Liverpool's Animate Youth Ministries.
The Blessed Sacrament will be exposed from 7pm and the evening will be filled with praise and worship, opportunities for quiet prayer and reflection, and the chance to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Evening prayer at 9.45pm will precede the end of the Adoration period at 10pm. Visitors will be able to stay as long as they like in the Shrine, and will be encouraged to write down prayer intentions or draw a word of scripture from baskets.
Nightfever is an occasion for people to deepen their faith, find out about Catholic events and groups – and, to quote John 1:46, just to 'come and see'. The event is open to all and anyone interested in taking part should go to the Blessed Sacrament Shrine, Dawson Street, L1 1LE, on Saturday.
Nightfever started after World Youth Day 2005 with Pope Benedict in Cologne. It has since spread across Europe, to North America, South America and Australasia. It arrived in the United Kingdom in February 2012, with editions held in London, Aberdeen, Birmingham, Glasgow, Gosport, Manchester, Oxford and Sheffield.