Today, December 16, at 1:00 pm, a worldwide Rosary Crusade will be inaugurated with the first Rosary being said publicly at St. John the Baptist church in Front Royal, Virginia, in the United States.

The local pastors, Fr. Gee and Fr. Tom, have graciously agreed to open the parish to this event, which will be the first in a series of Rosary gatherings that will form a country-wide and world-wide Crusade asking the Blessed Virgin and her Merciful Son to heal the world which we see falling into unprecedented darkness before our eyes. The event will be broadcast on Zoom (link to register) as well as live-streamed on YouTube. If you have any issues accessing the Zoom or live stream, the video will be posted to our YouTube Channel this evening.

In the words of one of the organizers:

“We have a deep concern for the human family and the evident descent into a type of slavery planet-wide.

“Of deep concern also has been the loss of the sacraments for many, whose practice of attending weekly Mass has been broken, and who now miss the Eucharist, and Baptism, and Confirmation, and the Last Rites, for many, many months, putting at risk their souls.

“It is time to turn to Our Lady in prayer for unity and for truth. The people of Brazil did this in a Rosary Crusade in 1964 to stave off communism: (link).

“This also occurred in Poland in 1920, when General Pilsudski turned back the Soviet invasion of Poland, after Pope Benedict XV called on everyone to pray for “God’s mercy for Poland … to join all the faithful in imploring the Most High God that through the intercession of the Most Blessed Virgin Mary She may save the Polish Nation from her final defeat and may turn away this new plague from Europe.” (link)

“Now is the time, now is the hour. Please join us!”

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The prayer is conceived of a heartfelt appeal to God to comfort and come to the assistance of all who have fallen ill and suffered, and all who have died, all families who have faced difficulties and divisions, during the past two years of the Covid crisis.

The prayer is also an appeal to God for His help in guiding all of us, from doctors and government officials to writers and parents of families, to discern with wisdom and charity the best course to take for the common good in the months ahead, one respectful of human conscience and human dignity.

In keeping with the intentions of Our Lady of Fatima, we ask all Catholics to pray the Rosary every day, to end the diabolical disorientation of our time. We ask the Blessed Mother’s intercession to end the Post-Christian culture of death, and to restore a true culture of life in the U.S. and around the entire world.

We also pray for Pope Francis, whose 85th birthday is tomorrow.

We also pray for Kathy Davies, age 63, who has been in the hospital in intensive care for several weeks.

We will begin with an invocation of the Holy Spirit, and a recitation of Psalm 32, verses 8-12: “Let all the earth fear the Lord, and let all the inhabitants of the world be in awe of him. For he spoke and they were made: he commanded and they were created. The Lord bringeth to naught the counsels of nations; and he rejecteth the devices of people, and casteth away the counsels of princes. But the counsel of the Lord standeth for ever: the thoughts of his heart to all generations. Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord: the people whom he hath chosen for his inheritance.

The prayer service is being organized by a group of Catholics, but we wished to reach out to all to invite all to join with us, if your schedule and time permits.

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