Nicodemus Night

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About Nicodemus Night Project

Name of "Nicodemus Night" relates to Nicodemus,  a Pharisee and a member of Jewish Council, who came to see Jesus at night (see John 3, 1 – 21). The idea behind the "Nicodemus Night" is to support seeking and finding  paths to Jesus in today’s busy world. "Nicodemus Night" is also intended to give people that are tied by their work responsibilities  an opportunity to meet with Jesus in Holy Eucharist & Sacrament of Reconciliation beyond usual  worship hours.

Starting at the evening, there is a silent adoration of a Holy Sacrament. If possible, it is adviced to begin with a Holy Mass. During the time there’s an opportunity to speak to a priest or to ask for the Sacrament of Reconciliation.

Everyone are invited to the "Nicodemus Night". Everyone can come in at anytime and get out at anytime.

It is up to each local parish community to agree on how often they ar going to hold "Nicodemus Night", as well as the dates & timing; all these should be set according to local  needs & conditions.

Updated list of parishes that hold the "Nicodemus Night"  is available at the project website.

Contact information - for more information in English:

The project is set up & co-ordinated by pallottine fathers:

  • Jámy 71
    CZ- 592 32 Jámy
    Czech Republic

The Gospel according to St. John (3, 1 – 21)

1 There was one of the Pharisees called Nicodemus, a leader of the Jews,
2 who came to Jesus by night and said, 'Rabbi, we know that you have come from God as a teacher; for no one could perform the signs that you do unless God were with him.'
3 Jesus answered: In all truth I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God without being born from above.
4 Nicodemus said, 'How can anyone who is already old be born? Is it possible to go back into the womb again and be born?'
5 Jesus replied: In all truth I tell you, no one can enter the kingdom of God without being born through water and the Spirit;
6 what is born of human nature is human; what is born of the Spirit is spirit.
7 Do not be surprised when I say: You must be born from above.
8 The wind blows where it pleases; you can hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit.
9 'How is that possible?' asked Nicodemus.
10 Jesus replied, 'You are the Teacher of Israel, and you do not know these things!
11 'In all truth I tell you, we speak only about what we know and witness only to what we have seen and yet you people reject our evidence.
12 If you do not believe me when I speak to you about earthly things, how will you believe me when I speak to you about heavenly things?
13 No one has gone up to heaven except the one who came down from heaven, the Son of man;
14 as Moses lifted up the snake in the desert, so must the Son of man be lifted up
15 so that everyone who believes may have eternal life in him.
16 For this is how God loved the world: he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life.
17 For God sent his Son into the world not to judge the world, but so that through him the world might be saved.
18 No one who believes in him will be judged; but whoever does not believe is judged already, because that person does not believe in the Name of God's only Son.
19 And the judgement is this: though the light has come into the world people have preferred darkness to the light because their deeds were evil.
20 And indeed, everybody who does wrong hates the light and avoids it, to prevent his actions from being shown up;
21 but whoever does the truth comes out into the light, so that what he is doing may plainly appear as done in God.'

(Translation: the New Jerusalem Bible (NJB), 1985)

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