Rosary on the Coast Is Taking on Massive Proportions in British Isles
In the United Kingdom, nearly 200 locations are ready for the prayer groups who will come to recite the Rosary on the coasts on April 29, 2017. Nine bishops have announced they will attend the event.
The mass prayer event, scheduled for 3pm on Sunday April 29, will extend from the island of Guernsey off the coast of France to St Ninian’s Isle in Shetland, between Scotland and Norway.
An online map of the 197 locations shows the greatest density of prayer groups is around Portsmouth, which covers much of the West Country.
Organizers – whose initiative follows similar events in Poland and Ireland – say the day is aimed at a “re-flourishing of the faith, for the grace to build a culture of life and for true peace to reign in the hearts of all peoples and nations”.
Last month Pope Francis sent his blessing to those taking part in the event, a welcome message following his troubling silence on previous events. The apostolic nuncio, Archbishop Edward Adams, said he assured participants of his “spiritual closeness” and placed them “under the protection of Our Lady”.
Bishop Mark Davies of Shrewsbury will attend a rosary event in his cathedral, while Bishop Mark O’Toole, bishop of Plymouth, has said he will join a group at the Hoe, Plymouth. Bishop William Nolan of Galloway will be at Ayr beach.
Other bishops who have confirmed they will take part are Archbishop Leo Cushley of St Andrews and Edinburgh, Bishop Philip Egan of Portsmouth, Bishop Tom Burns of Menevia, Bishop Ralph Heskett of Hallam and Bishop John Keenan of Paisley.
Antonia Moffat, one of the organisers of the event, welcomed the support of the bishops and the Pope, saying “They are the successors of the apostles. Their blessing and endorsement gives a far greater spiritual weight and efficiency to the prayer.”
The Society of St. Pius X plans to participate in this pious initiative and is organizing its own prayer group that will meet in Southampton, Strawberry Field, at 2:30 p.m. The hymn "Faith of Our Fathers" will be followed by the recitation of the Sorrowful Mysteries and the Litany of the English Saints. At 3:00 p.m., the Glorious Mysteries will be meditated, followed by the chanting of the Litany of the Blessed Virgin Mary and the Litany of the Scottish and Irish Saints.
The same day, Sunday Mass will be followed by the recitation of the Rosary and Benediction in the chapels of Glasgow, Edinburgh, London, Woking, Groombridge, Manchester, Taunton, and Bristol.
Sources: Catholic Herald / fsspx.uk / FSSPX.News – 4/25/2018