Mark Wahlberg has shared his faith with countless viewers as the star of a Super Bowl ad for the Catholic app Hallow.
Wahlberg, 52, a devout Catholic, begins the commercial in a church, where he blesses himself before sitting in a pew and beginning to pray.
‘God, we take this moment just to give you thanks. We thank you for this time to come together as a family, as friends, and as a country,’ he says.
‘Help us Lord, especially this Lent, to grow closer to you. Amen.’
‘Join us in prayer this Lent on Hallow. Stay prayed up,’ he concludes.
Mark Wahlberg has shared his faith with countless viewers as the star of a Super Bowl ad for the Catholic app Hallow
As Wahlberg narrates, flashes of a family praying at the dinner table, a crowd cheering at a game, and servicemen and women kneeling in prayer appear on screen.
A priest is then shown placing ashes on actor Jonathan Roumie’s forehead. Eyes closed, the actor looks serene.
Hallow is a Catholic prayer and meditation app co-founded by Alessandro DiSanto, Alex Jones, and Erich Kerekes in 2018.
Wahlberg has been open about his faith with fans, and last year opened up about his religion during an appearance on the Today Show.
The Ted actor said he has always talked about his faith – but he added ‘he doesn’t want to jam it down anybody’s throat’.
Wahlberg said Catholicism had allowed him to focus on being a ‘better version of himself’ as he appeared on the morning show on Ash Wednesday, which starts 40 days of Lent.
Wahlberg appeared on the show with a black cross on his forehead – Christian devotees receive repentance ash in the form of the cross on Ash Wednesday, a holy day of praying and fasting.
‘I have always talked about my faith,’ Wahlberg told the Today Show. ‘It’s a balance. I don’t wanna jam it down anybody’s throat, but I do not deny my faith.
The commercial begins with Wahlberg entering a church
‘God, we take this moment just to give you thanks. We thank you for this time to come together as a family, as friends, and as a country,’ he says
He dips his finger into the holy water
A family is shown praying at the dinner table as Wahlberg narrates
A group cheers as they watch a game
Servicemen and women kneel in prayer
A priest is then shown placing ashes on actor Jonathan Roumie’s forehead
‘That’s an even bigger sin. You know, it’s not popular in my industry, but, you know, I cannot deny my faith. It’s important for me to share that with people.’
Speaking about what his faith means to him, Wahlberg said: ‘It’s everything, it’s afforded me so many things.
‘God didn’t come to save the saints, he came to save the sinners. We’ve all had issues in our lives and we want to be better versions of ourselves, and through focusing on my faith, it’s allowed me to do that.’
Wahlberg’s family are Catholic, and in 2022 his son Michael, 17, was confirmed into the faith.
Confirmation is one of the seven Catholic sacraments. It is a rite where Catholics reaffirm their faith in the religion they first joined after being baptized.
The Uncharted actor shares four children with wife Rhea Durham: Michael, 20-year-old Ella, 15-year-old Brendan and 13-year-old Grace.