ARGENTINA, Inés Petiti •
The family of the Holy Rosary of the Pilgrim Mother in Goya invites everyone to pray the rosary during the month of May, joining in the Holy Father’s request. —
Everyone is invited to gather at 13:00 local at any shrine, church, home shrine or heart shrine. The rosary will unite us in a network of shrines, in a covenant of love that calls on the Lord’s help to put an end to the pandemic.
Thirty shrines, representing all the shrines of the world, will pray the rosary each day in May in a marathon of prayer under the following theme: “The whole Church fervently prays to God” for an end to the pandemic. The initiative by Pope Frances and promoted by the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of the New Evangelization, will also involve the other shrines of the world in a special way, so that they can promote the prayer of the rosary among the faithful, families, and communities.
“Prayer by the Church was fervently being made to God” (Acts 12:5)
Pope Francis opened this initiative on 1 May, and it will end on 31 May. The rosary will be streamed live on the official channels of the Holy See at 18:00 every day. The initiative emerges from the biblical expression: “Prayer by the Church was fervently being made to God” (Acts 12:5)”
Below is the list of shrines where the rosary will be recited, together with the intention for each day.
- On Saturday, 1 May, the Pope will pray from St. Peter’s Basilica for “humanity wounded by this pandemic” and at the Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham (England) the prayer will be “for those who have died due to the pandemic.”
- On 2 May, the prayer will be from Jesus the Saviour and Mother (Nigeria) “for all those who have not been able to say goodbye to their deceased loved ones.”
- On 3 May, it is the turn of Our Lady of Częstochowa (Poland for the intention of “all those infected with the corona virus and all the sick.”
- On 4 May, the rosary will be recited at Basilica of the Annunciation (Nazareth) “for all expectant women and their unborn babies.”
- On 5 May, the rosary will be at Blessed Virgin of the Rosary Shrine (South Korea) “for all children and adolescents.”
- On 6 May, prayers will come from Our Lady of Aparecida (Brazil) “for all young people.”
- On 7 May, the rosary will be said from the Shrine of Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage (Phillippines) “for all families.”
- On 8 May, the prayer of the rosary will come from the Shrine of Our Lady of Luján (Argentina) “for all communication workers”
- On 9 May, the Rosary will be streamed from Holy House of Loreto (Italy) “for all seniors.”
- On 10 May, from the Shrine of Our Lady Knock (Ireland)“for all people with disabilities.”
- On 11 May, the prayer of the rosary will be from Shrine of the Virgin of the Poor (Belgium)“for all the poor, the homeless, and the economically distressed.”
- On 12 May, it will be the turn of Our Lady of Africa (Algeria) “for all people who live alone and those who have lost hope.”
- On 13 May, the Marian prayer will be recited at Blessed Virgin of the Rosary Shrine (Portugal)) “for all prisoners.”
- On 14 May, the rosary will be from the Shrine of Our Lady of Health (India)“all scientists and medical research institutions.”
- On 15 May, the prayer will take place at Our Lady Queen of Peace (Bosnia) “for all migrants.”
- On 16 May, it will be from St Mary’s Cathedral (Australia) “for all victims of violence and human trafficking.”
- On 17 May, the prayer of the rosary will take place at the Shrine of the Immaculate Conception (United States) “for all world leaders and for all heads of international organizations.”
- On 18 May, the rosary will be from the Shrine of Our Lady of Lourdes (France) “for all doctors and nurses.”
- On 19 May, the Marian prayer will take place at Mother Mary’s House (Turkey) “for all people at war and for world peace.”
- On 20 May, the prayer of the rosary will take place at theShrine of Our Lady of Charity of Copper (Cuba) “for all pharmacists and health care personnel.”
- On 21 May, the rosary will be streamed from the Shrine of Our Lady of Nagasaki (Japan)“for all social workers.”
- On 22 May, the Marian prayer will be led from the Monastery of Our Lady of Montserrat (Spain)“for all volunteers.”
- On 23 May, the prayer of the rosary will take place at Our Lady of Cap (Canada) “for all law enforcement and military personnel and for all firefighters.”
- On 24 May, the prayer intention will be “for all those who provide essential services” at a venue that is still to be confirmed.
- On 25 May, the rosary will be from Basilica of the Blessed Virgin of Ta’Pinu (Malta) “for all teachers, students and educators.”
- On 26 May, the Marian prayer will take place at the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe (Mexico) “for all workers and entrepreneurs.”
- On 27 May, the prayer of the rosary will take place at Mother of God (Ukraine) “for all the unemployed.”
- On 28 May, the prayer will take place at Black Madonna of Altötting (Germany “for the Holy Father, bishops, presbyters, and deacons.”
- On 29 May, the prayer will take place at Our Lady of Lebanon (Lebanon) “for all consecrated men and women.”
- On 30 May, the Rosary will be led from Blessed Virgin of the Holy Rosary of Pompeii (Italy) “for the Church.”
- Finally, on 31 May, the Pope will preside over the praying of the rosary from the Vatican Gardens “for the end of the pandemic and the resumption of our social and economic life.”
Each day, we will pray for a special intention related to the pandemic, among them for those who have not been able to say goodbye to their loved ones, for health workers, for the poor, for the homeless, for those in financial difficulty and for all who have died. It will be streamed via Vatican Media Live.
As far as we know, the humble wayside shrine in Goya is the first, and so far the only place of grace of our Mother Thrice Admirable of Schoenstatt to join the Holy Father’s request.
Original: Spanish. Translation: Sarah-Leah Pimentel, Cape Town, South Africa