Darlene Zschech Leads Worship For The Pope

Australia’s iconic Christian singer Darlene Zschech led worship for Pope Francis at an ecumenical prayer gathering of more than 30,000 people at the Vatican this week.

The event, was a prayer and worship gathering for the persecuted church called Voices In Prayer led by Pope Francis in St Peter’s Square.

It was part of the 38th Annual Convocation of the Catholic Charismatic Renewal, a Holy-Spirit centred movement within the Catholic Church also known as Renewal In The Holy Spirit (Rinnovamento nello Spirito Santo).

Darlene sang alongside the world-renowned tenor and devout Catholic Andrea Bocelli, US worship leader Don Moen, and Israeli singer-songwriter Noa (Anchinoam Nini).

Together they led the gathering of believers in singing Amazing Grace.

The event brought together Protestants, Catholics and Jews together to pray for believers around the world who are being martyred and persecuted.

It was the first ever ecumenical event held in St Peter’s Square


8 thoughts on “Darlene Zschech Leads Worship For The Pope

  1. I thought this was fascinating and wonderful. But I still cannot come to terms with the Catholics who understand faith by Grace alone, the charismatic catholics and the opposite dogma of the Catholuc Church that faith alone is not enough. That we require purgetory, indulgences, special mass and all the sacrements to get to heaven.


    • That’s the beauty of the Catholic religion Alexie, or downfall, whichever way you see it. You’re allowed so much freedom to believe and do your own thing. Contrast the Catholic Charismatics with the Marion Movement. The two are complete opposites. The way I see it, one group basically worships The Blessed Virgin Mary and the Charismatics are almost Pentecostals or Neo Pentecostals.

      I thank God for Pope John Paul for giving us the freedom that he did to worship Christ as Catholic Charismatics. It was in that movement that I discovered God’s Word, as opposed to Catholic dogma. I could not reconcile the two. I had to leave the Catholic religion. But many can not.


      • I have family who still freqent Catholic mass and often I attend baptism, confirmations, first communions etc. it is fun rating the priest on a continuum.
        On one side Vatican 2 and the other basically a born again.


  2. The first ecumenical event ever in the Vatican, I’m told. Cheers!

    Some history of the hymn. While aboard the ship Greyhound, Newton gained notoriety for being one of the most profane men the captain had ever met. In a culture where sailors commonly used oaths and swore, Newton was admonished several times for not only using the worst words the captain had ever heard, but creating new ones to exceed the limits of verbal debauchery.[11] In March 1748, while the Greyhound was in the North Atlantic, a violent storm came upon the ship that was so rough it swept overboard a crew member who was standing where Newton had been moments before.[d] After hours of the crew emptying water from the ship and expecting to be capsized, Newton and another mate tied themselves to the ship’s pump to keep from being washed overboard, working for several hours.[12] After proposing the measure to the captain, Newton had turned and said, “If this will not do, then Lord have mercy upon us!”[13][14] Newton rested briefly before returning to the deck to steer for the next eleven hours. During his time at the wheel he pondered his divine challenge.[12]

    About two weeks later, the battered ship and starving crew landed in Lough Swilly, Ireland. For several weeks before the storm, Newton had been reading The Christian’s Pattern, a summary of the 15th-century The Imitation of Christ by Thomas à Kempis. The memory of the uttered phrase in a moment of desperation did not leave him; he began to ask if he was worthy of God’s mercy or in any way redeemable as he had not only neglected his faith but directly opposed it, mocking others who showed theirs, deriding and denouncing God as a myth. He came to believe that God had sent him a profound message and had begun to work through him.
    Working as a customs agent in Liverpool starting in 1756, Newton began to teach himself Latin, Greek, and theology. He and Polly immersed themselves in the church community, and Newton’s passion was so impressive that his friends suggested he become a priest in the Church of England. He was turned down by the Bishop of York in 1758, ostensibly for having no university degree,[18] although the more likely reasons were his leanings toward evangelism and tendency to socialize with Methodists.[19] Newton continued his devotions, and after being encouraged by a friend, he wrote about his experiences in the slave trade and his conversion. The Earl of Dartmouth, impressed with his story, sponsored Newton for ordination with the Bishop of Lincoln, and offered him the curacy of Olney, Buckinghamshire, in 1764
    More than twenty musical settings of “Amazing Grace” circulated with varying popularity until 1835 when William Walker assigned Newton’s words to a traditional song named “New Britain”, which was itself an amalgamation of two melodies (“Gallaher” and “St. Mary”)
    Another verse was first recorded in Harriet Beecher Stowe’s immensely influential 1852 anti-slavery novel Uncle Tom’s Cabin. Three verses were emblematically sung by Tom in his hour of deepest crisis.[51] He sings the sixth and fifth verses in that order, and Stowe included another verse not written by Newton that had been passed down orally in African American communities for at least 50 years. It was originally one of between 50 to 70 verses of a song titled “Jerusalem, My Happy Home” that first appeared in a 1790 book called A Collection of Sacred Ballads:

    When we’ve been there ten thousand years,
    Bright shining as the sun,
    We’ve no less days to sing God’s praise,
    Than when we first begun.[52][53]



  3. Talking about other spiritual beliefs, I have recently come across the stories of Ovid, although I already knew of Deucalion’s flood..Ovid says these were inspired not by ‘muses’ as were works of Virgil and Homer, but by the ‘gods’. The term ‘gods’ does not relate to the Creator who, he says, separated earth from heaven, sea from land, and lighter air from heavier air. It refers instead to beings He then made to inhabit these new spaces these beings and stars filled the heavens, fish the seas, beasts the land, and birds the air. Man was created to rule the world. This is close to one Genesis creation story, but not the other.

    Four ages followed. The age of gold was a time of trust, moral goodness, and fruitfulness. In the age of silver, people had to work for a living. The age of bronze saw the first wars, but some semblance of morality persisted. In the age of iron, however, nothing is sacred. Even family ties lead to bloodshed.

    This is followed by outrage on the part, not of the Creator, but of these other celestial created beings, and the flood followed. Could we deem them imperfect angels?

    “And the angels which kept not their first estate, but left their own habitation, he hath reserved in everlasting chains under darkness unto the judgment of the great day.” (Jude 1:6)
    This passage is one of two New Testament references to angelic beings who misused their powers in some unique way. 2 Peter 2:4 notes: “God spared not the angels that sinned, but cast them down to hell, and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved unto judgment.”

    In Psalm 8:4-5, David wonders about the purpose of the creation of man. We read, in the New King James Bible: “What is man that You are mindful of him, and the son of man that You visit him? For You have made him a little lower than the angels, and you have crowned him with glory and honor.”

    In the margin of the New King James Bible, it is stated that in the Hebrew, the word for “angels” is “Elohim,” which means “God.” While translations such as the New International Version and the Living Bible render it, “angels,” the Revised Standard Version, the English Revised Version and the American Standard Version say, “little lower than God.” So also the revised Luther Bible (“Gott”) and the Menge Bible (“Gottheit”).

    In 1 Corinthians 6:3 . Paul says:”3 Know ye not that we shall judge angels?”


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