Rosary on the Coast for Life and Faith in Ireland
An unprecedented prayer gathering on the Irish coast last Sunday, the Feast of Christ the King turned out to be the largest religious event of its kind in Ireland for almost 40 years. In 1946, Ireland became the first country in the world to be consecrated to Christ the King. The Rosary on the Coast for Life and Faith prayer program included a renewal of this historic consecration.
This all-island prayer initiative was inspired by several important developments, organizers said, including: the 100th anniversary of the apparitions of Our Lady in Fatima; a 33 day personal consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, which is currently taking place and involves over 30,000 people and families in Ireland, along with the successor of St. Patrick, Archbishop Eamon Martin of Armagh; and, perhaps most directly, the Polish and Italian Rosary on the Borders, which last month involved over two million people praying for a strengthening of faith and an ending of abortion in those countries.
There are two special prayer intentions for the Rosary on the Coast in Ireland. One of these is to defend life against the threat of abortion. The second is for the preservation of the faith.
News of the coastal Rosary for Ireland had rapidly spread and people, parishes and groups from all over the world, and in particular, France, Britain and the United States organized their own prayer groups to pray at the same time of 9:30 am EST (2:30 pm Irish time) on Nov. 26.
People who could not go to the coast were asked to pray wherever they were in the world. This could have been at 9:30 am EST (2:30 pm Irish time), or at any other time on Nov.26.
Two brave Columban Sisters in Crumlin, Dublin, Srs. Mary Greaney and Kathleen McGrath are seen here with their prayer companions who gathered at their nearest venue, which was Shelly Bank Car Park, Ringsend, not far from the Three Arena Luas stop. They were really touched by this experience and said it was an inspiring event.