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These 30 shrines will lead the Rosary Relay for end of the pandemic


Antoine Mekary | ALETEIA

I.Media - published on 04/28/21

Pope Francis will lead the first and the last of the Rosaries during this Marian month marathon.

The “prayer marathon” that Pope Francis will kick off on May 1 will stretch around the globe during the Marian month of May.

The intention for the daily Rosary, to be led by a different shrine each day, is the end of the pandemic. Specific intentions related to the pandemic will also be included. The Rosary will be broadcast each evening at 6 pm Rome time (12 EST).

Here is the Guide released by the Vatican.

On May 1 at 6 p.m., Pope Francis will kick off this special month in St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome. He will pray with his eyes turned to the Madonna of Succour (Our Lady of Help), a famous representation of the Virgin venerated from the 7th century, found in the Gregorian chapel, above the altar of Saint Leo. This Virgin and Child was restored in 2013 under the pontificate of Pope Francis. It is considered the preeminent Marian icon of St. Peter’s. The Argentine pontiff has placed himself under her protection.

The pontiff will bless rosaries which will be sent to the 30 shrines that will take turn leading the Rosary. Some families from the parishes of Rome as well as young representatives of different movements of the new evangelization will participate in the launch of this Marian month.

The concluding Rosary, scheduled for May 31, is expected to be delivered from the Vatican Gardens. Last year, already in the midst of the pandemic, the Pope closed the month of Marian prayer in front of the representation of the grotto of Lourdes. He was on that occasion connected via video link to shrines around the world.

Throughout the month of May, the thirty shrines will conduct the rosary in their language and according to their own tradition, explains the Pontifical Council for Evangelization.

Shrines are encouraged to seek the participation of the local population as much as possible, so that everyone “can devote a moment to daily prayer” with the benefit of this technology, asks the Vatican.


Rosary Marathon Calendar:

May 1:
Saint Peter’s (Vatican): Prayer for wounded humanity led by the Pope.

May 1:
Our Lady of Walsingham (England): Prayer for the deceased.

May 2:
Jesus the Savior and Mother Mary Sanctuary (Nigeria): Prayer for those who could not say goodbye to their loved ones.

May 3:
Czestochowa Shrine (Poland): Prayer for the sick.

May 4:
Basilica of the Annunciation (Holy Land): Prayer for pregnant women.

May 5:
Sanctuary of Our Lady of the Rosary (South Korea): Prayer for children and adolescents.

May 6:
Our Lady of Aparecida (Brazil): Prayer for young people.

May 7:
National Shrine of Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage, also known as the Antipolo Cathedral (Philippines): Prayer for families.

May 8:
Our Lady of Luján (Argentina): Prayer for people involved in communication.

May 9:
Our Lady of Loreto (Italy): Prayer for the elderly.

May 10:
Our Lady of Knock (Ireland): Prayer for people with disabilities

May 11:
Notre-Dame de Banneux (Belgium): Prayer for the poor and people in economic difficulty.

May 12:
Notre-Dame d’Afrique (Algeria): Prayer for lonely people who have lost hope

May 13:
Shrine of the Blessed Virgin of the Holy Rosary (Portugal): Prayer for prisoners.

May 14:
Our Lady of Health (India): Prayer for scientists and medical research institutes.

May 15:
Mary Queen of Peace (Bosnia and Herzegovina): Prayer for migrants.

May 16:
St. Mary’s Cathedral (Sydney, Australia): Prayer for victims of violence and trafficking.

May 17:
Basilica of the Immaculate Conception (Washington, D.C., United States): Prayer for those responsible for international organizations.

May 18:
Notre-Dame de Lourdes (Paris, France): Prayer for nurses and doctors.

May 19:
Shrine of the House of the Virgin (Meryem Ana, Turkey): Prayer for people at war and peace in the world

May 20:
Our Lady of Charity of Cobre (Cuba): Prayer for pharmacists and health personnel.

May 21st :
Our Lady of Nagasaki (Japan): Prayer for social workers.

May 22:
Our Lady of Montserrat (Spain): Prayer for volunteers.

May 23:
Our Lady of the Cape (Canada): Prayer for law enforcement, military and firefighters.

May 24:
Our Lady of Lourdes in Myanmar: Prayer for those who guarantee essential services.

May 25:
Ta’Pinu National Shrine (Malta): Prayer for teachers, students, and educators.

May 26:
Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe (Mexico): Prayer for workers and entrepreneurs.

May 27:
Mother of God Pochaevskaya (Urkraine): Prayer for unemployed people.

May 28:
Shrine of Our Lady of Altötting (Germany): Prayer for bishops, priests and deacons

May 29:
Our Lady of Lebanon (Lebanon) Prayer for consecrated persons

May 30:
Virgin of the Holy Rosary of Pompei (Italy): Prayer for the Church

May 31st:
Vatican Gardens (Vatican): Prayer for the end of the pandemic and the return to work

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