Fr Sean Mac Giollarnath O.Carm introduces how Whitefriars Street Church was involved in this year’s Global Rosary Relay for Priests on 23 June 2017.
An estimated 10 million to join in prayer this year
The fascination, appeal and sheer scale of the Global Rosary Relay for Priests continues to draw in more and more people around the world – people who want to share in this captivating feast of prayer which by now crosses 24 time zones and reaches into every corner of the globe.
A Special Global Rosary Relay ‘Prelude’ takes place this year at the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico on 22 June at 17.00 local time. This prelude of prayer will bring many blessings on Global Rosary Relay day.
As the clock strikes midnight on 23 June and the Feast of the Sacred Heart begins, the Rosary Relay will start at a new shrine in Seoul, the capital of South Korea and work its way from continent to continent, before finishing in the Hermosillo, Sonora State in Mexico twenty-four hours later.
Every year sees major innovations in terms of participants. For 2017 there will be new locations as diverse as Iceland, Chile, Peru, Thailand and Hawaii. Some countries are adding to their list of prayer locations. Japan will have no less than four locations, Guatemala will have four, while in Ireland the Father Peyton Memorial Centre at Attymass parish in County Mayo, along with Our Lady of Dublin in Whitefriar Street, in the centre of the capital,are two new locations that will be joining us.
In mentioning our newcomers we must also compliment and bless all those Church locations which have participated, year after year, for the past seven years, helping to bring this amazing phenomenon to where it is today. Thanks also must go to the Children’s Rosary – a lay prayer movement for children. The Global Rosary Relay for Priests greatly welcomes the participation and prayers of this beautiful organisation as the children of the world gather in prayer for our priests.