The Primate of All-Ireland has called for a Family Rosary Crusade against Covid-19 during the month of October.
“I invite families all over Ireland to pray the Rosary together at home each day for God’s protection during this time of Coronavirus,” said the Archbishop of Armagh, Eamon Martin.
“These past six months have reminded us of the importance of the ‘domestic Church’ – the Church of the sitting room and kitchen – the Church that meets every time a family stands or kneels down, or sits down to pray together!
“It has also helped us realise how important is the vocation of parents to be the primary teachers and leaders of their children in faith and prayer,” the archbishop continued.
“That is why I am calling for a ‘Family Rosary Crusade against Covid-19’ during October – encouraging you to pray the Rosary, or even a decade of the Rosary, each day during the month of October. Pray for your own family and loved ones and for all those whose health or livelihood is being seriously impacted by the coronavirus crisis.”
Archbishop Martin is also inviting families to spread the word online.
“Using the #FamilyRosaryCrusade or #OctoberFamilyRosary hashtags please feel free to share a picture or a short sound clip of your family saying a Hail Mary, Our Father or Glory Be! on social media,” he said.
Archbishop Martin’s inspiration for the Rosary Crusade came from a visit to the Missionaries of Charity in Armagh who reminded him of what Mother Teresa, St Teresa of Calcutta, once said: “Cling to the Rosary as the creeper clings to the tree – for without Our Lady we cannot stand.”
Picture: The Primate of All-Ireland and Archbishop of Armagh, Eamon Martin, blesses parishioners at the end of mass at St Patrick’s Catholic Cathedral in Armagh. ( Liam McBurney/PA).