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World Priest Day's Third Annual Global Rosary Relay for Priests
By Francis Dolores
It's a relay that runs through more than 60 different shrines around the world and lasts 24 hours, but you don't need to don running shoes or grab a water bottle to participate. All you need is 15 minutes of you time, love for Our Blessed Mother, and a Rosary in your hand.
EWTN is honored to be one of the locations for World Priest Day's Third Annual Global Rosary Relay! We invite you, our viewers, to join us in praying the Sorrowful Mysteries with Fr. Anthony and the rest of the world, LIVE, at 9:30 a.m. ET, Friday, June 15! EWTN is the only place you can see this event televised anywhere in the world!
The Global Rosary Relay's goal is to ensure that a Rosary is being prayed somewhere in the world for an entire day in thanksgiving to God for our priests and to implore the protection and loving care of Our Lady, Mother of all priests, for all her priestly sons.
Why did Worldpriest choose the Rosary over other devotions? According to Father Kilian Byrne, the rosary was selected because it was one of Blessed Pope John Paul II's favorite prayers because of "its simplicity and depth," and because "to pray the Rosary is to hand over our burdens to the merciful hearts of Christ and His Mother."
Fr. Byrne also recalls a passage from "The Rosary: Chain of Hope" by Fr. Benedict Groeschel, http://bit.ly/OCNCiP, which mentions a letter Blessed Mother Teresa wrote to her spiritual director. In this passage, Mother Teresa remembers that during the times when her soul was in deep anguish, she would pray the Rosary very calmly until the despair receded. "The rosary," Fr. Groeshel commented, "was not only an act of devotion, but also a place of refuge at certain times amid interior storms of darkness." While suffering is never easy to accept, it might help to keep this beautiful sentiment in mind, when praying the Sorrowful Mysteries of the Rosary.
"The Mystery of the Agony," Fr. Byrne continues, "marks the start of the Hour of the Passion. For what did Jesus experience that night on the Mount of Olives? The true horror of sin from Adam down to the last inhabitant on the planet [:] my sin and your sin." Suffering is a mystery and we are reminded of this mystery while praying these five decades of the rosary. Most importantly, we are reminded that we need grace from Jesus Christ to endure the crosses that each of us must bear.
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