Beginning December 26, and throughout the entire Jubilee period, all
pilgrims in Rome will be able to meet in St. Peter's every evening for
According to a press statement of the Vatican Committee for the
Preparation of the Jubilee, the Holy Year's "Evening Prayer"
will last a half hour and will begin with a reading from the Gospel,
followed by singing of the Creed and prayer for the Pope. It will end with
singing of the Our Father and the apostolic blessing imparted by a bishop
on behalf of John Paul II.
The Jubilee Committee clarified that there have been misunderstandings
regarding the Evening Prayer. Some have erroneously spread the news that
the Pope will appear at his window every evening to bless the faithful
gathered in St. Peter's Square. This is not, in fact, in the plans.
However, it would not be surprising if John Paul II decided to join the
pilgrims in Evening Prayer from time to time during the Jubilee Year.
During the winter, the prayer will begin at 7 p.m., and in summer at
7:30 p.m. It will be held every day with the exception of those days when
a Jubilee celebration of general interest is scheduled.