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“I invite people to pray the Rosary for the intention of the ‘Family’ and thereby linking with those gathered in
Rome for the Synod on the Family in October” – Archbishop Martin
Archbishop Eamon Martin, Coadjutor Archbishop of Armagh, spoke recently at Knock Shrine about the Rosary Sunday initiative from the Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference. The bishops announced it following their June 2014 General Meeting in Maynooth to encourage the practice of this special and much loved family prayer. This year marks the 135th anniversary of the Apparition at Knock.
Rosary Sunday will be celebrated in parishes across Ireland this Sunday 5 October, the day on which the Church celebrates our ‘Day for Life 2014’. It is the Sunday closest to the feast of Our Lady of the Rosary and it coincides with the 60th anniversary of the Rosary Rally of Father Peyton and the Marian Year of 1954. Archbishop Martin said, “this prayerful initiative has been scheduled to take place during October, the month in which the recitation of the Rosary is especially promoted”.
Archbishop Martin continued, “Rosary Sunday is an invitation to people in parishes, in homes, and in religious congregations to pray the Rosary for the intention of the ‘Family’. The once-common tradition of the family Rosary links very well with the theme of the Synod on the Family in Rome which takes place from 5 – 19 October.
“I encourage all parishes and faith communities to join on this special occasion to pray for the intention of the Family. In praying the Rosary we meditate on the life and ministry of Jesus Christ and the life of the Holy Family. In a particular way on Sunday 5 October we pray that the Gospel of the Family will be proclaimed faithfully and joyfully by all who turn in prayer to the Mother of God.”
Archbishop Martin concluded, “Pope Francis has recommended the Rosary as a form of ‘spiritual medicine’, saying ‘it’s good for your soul, for your whole life.’”
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