Archbishop Lépine will celebrate a Mass for persecuted Christians on Friday, November 3, 7:30 p.m at Mary Queen of the World Cathedral, with accompaniment by renowned singer-songwriter Robert Lebel, l’Espace Benoît-Lacroix and musician Chantal Roussety.

"A friend of ACN, Robert Lebel accepted to come and pray with us through song. This is a great privilege for us, as we know how busy this time of year is for him," explained Marie-Claude Lalonde, National Director of Aid to the Church in Need Canada. "Among the songs, Consolez mon peuple (Console My People) was chosen as the theme for this now annual event."

For a fourth consecutive year, the pontifical foundation invites the public to take the time to pray for our Christian brothers and sisters who are being persecuted all over the world, just because of their religion. "The executive summary of Persecuted and Forgotten? 2015-17 is currently being drawn up in French, but we can already affirm that, far from improving, the situation is getting worse in 13 countries already profoundly marked by years of Christian persecution," stated Marie-Claude Lalonde. "All are welcome," she added. "The music will be great, and gathering for the Eucharistic celebration will be a gesture of solidarity. We will pray for better days."

The celebration will begin at 7:30 pm, and will be preceded at 7:15 pm by a musical prelude on the great organ, by Chantal Roussety, another friend of ACN. L'Espace Benoit-Lacroix will provide the musical accompaniment for the Ordinary of the Mass as well as accompanying Robert Lebel.

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