Catholics invited to pray their rosary on October 7, share it on social networks
Catholics are invited by bishops across the country to recite the Rosary with them on October 7 at 3 p.m. on the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Facebook page or YouTube channel.
The event is described as a “moment of prayer of unity for our country in order to seek healing and to ask Our Lady, on her feast, to pray for us and to help us lead us to Jesus”.
It is said that the “Rosary for America” falls on the day the Church celebrates the feast of Our Lady of the Rosary. The feast day honors what the Church considers the intercession of the Mother of Christ to help Europeans defeat the Turks in a 16th century naval battle following Pope Saint Pius V urging Europeans to turn to their rosary during battle.
The appeal by Archbishop Jose Gomez of Los Angeles, president of the Bishops’ Conference, which presides over the largest diocese in the country, asks participants to take a photo in advance of “our rosary and share it on the social networks ”.
They are urged to “use #RosaryForAmerica and let us know where you pray from – how beautiful it will be when we flood digital highways with rosary images on Feast of Our Lady” and after the recitation to publish “a prayer intention for the country and invite others to pray for this intention.
Instructions are given on the website on how to participate and pray the rosary – a string of beads separated by a bead or other divider into five groups of 10 and tied into a short chain displaying a cross as well as several beads. Prayers to Mary, as well as to the Holy Trinity and a profession of faith, are said as the holder moves along the chain and stops at the dividers for reflections on the life of Christ.
Catholics frequently pray to the Blessed Virgin, as the Mother of Christ, and many receive a rosary on the day of their First Communion. Some Catholics recite the Rosary daily while others may pray it with their families at home at different times of the year.