Discounted ‘Two Nations, One Faith’ Tickets in Honor of Ash Wednesday Available

The Diocese of El Paso is excited to announce that in honor of Ash Wednesday, donors have come forward to offer discounted tickets for those who want to attend the “Two Nations, One Faith” event at the Sun Bowl on February 17, 2016 and receive a direct blessing from Pope Francis.

Beginning this Wednesday morning February 11, 2016 through Wednesday evening tickets to the “Two Nations, One Faith” event will be available for $5, more half of the original price ($3 service fee still included). No code will be needed, the Box Office will offer this rate to all purchasers from Wednesday morning until Friday February 12, 2016.

“We are truly thankful for this generous gift on one of the most important holy days in the liturgical calendar. Ash Wednesday opens Lent, a season of fasting and prayer. And we thank these donors for recognizing that this gift will enable many with limited means to enjoy this historic holy event,” said The Most Reverend Mark J. Seitz, Bishop of the Diocese of El Paso.

Through a live stream simulcast, Pope Francis will be able to fully view the Sun Bowl event as he formally blesses the thousands of attendees inside the stadium.

In addition to Pope Francis’ blessing, the “Two Nations One Faith” Sun Bowl event will feature multi-platinum country music artist Collin Raye and World Youth Day guitarist Tony Melendez. In addition to Mr. Raye and Mr. Melendez, other scheduled performances will represent the diversity and culture of these communities.

The Ysleta del Sur Pueblo Tigua Indian School will help open the musical program by performing a sacred ceremonial prayer dance, and the El Paso Diocesan Choir, composed of 120 musicians and singers, will reflect the bicultural reality of the borderland and invite the crowd into sacred song. El Paso-based youth choir Elohim, and local parish-based Mariachi and Matachines dance groups will also showcase the cultural heritage of the border region.

Sun Bowl Stadium Stage, Wednesday February 17, 2016

Final performance order to be announced, doors and performances begin at 12:00PM MT

Collin Raye & Andrea Thomas

Tony Melendez

El Paso Diocesan Choir

The Ysleta del Sur Pueblo Tigua Indian Nation Social Dancers

Because of the high volume of visitors, the expected road closures and the desire to create an event representative of the El Paso and Juarez cultures, the “Two Nations, One Faith” event is designed to have entertainment for the whole family, games and a kid zone for children, and programming that includes testimonies and stories of faith to lead up to the live simulcast of the Juarez Mass and Blessing.

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To help offset costs related to this special event, ticket prices will be a special rate of $5 plus a $3 university service fee, and other applicable service fees, which may increase total cost.

For all local El Paso individuals and parish ticket orders, please purchase tickets from the University Ticket Center or call (915) 747-5234 for ticket purchases and inquiries. For all out of El Paso area individuals or groups, please visit Ticketmaster for ticket purchases or inquiries.

There is a $3 university service fee to purchase tickets through the University Ticket Center. The fees associated with ticket purchases through Ticketmaster will vary. We strongly encourage all El Paso residents to purchase your tickets through the University Ticket Center.

Throughout the program the Pope’s journey through Juarez will be live-streamed on the Sun Bowl Stadium Jumbotron. On-stage program will conclude prior to the telecast of the papal Mass.