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HOW TO PROMOTE THE ROSARY RELAY

AT YOUR LOCAL SHRINE

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  1. Place a notice in your Parish newsletter.
  2. Use the promotional material supplied by Worldpriest to assist you in your planning.
  3. Place a banner advertisement on you Diocesan or Parish website.
  4. Text all your friends about the Rosary Relay.
  5. Email all your contacts with the good news and invite them to participate.
  6. Follow us on Twitter, Facebook & YouTube and share all posts .
  7. Place an advertisement notice in your Diocesan newspaper.
  8. Send a copy of the news release to your local newspapers.
  9. Download the promotional material and circulate where appropriate.
  10. Produce a short TV promo reflecting your particular location with a call to pray on Global Rosary Relay Day.
  11. A series of PSA’s is also a very good idea for local radio networks would broadcast same calling all to pray on Global Rosary Day.

Any questions just email info.worldpriest@gmail.com

Reflection from Saint John Paul on the Rosary

“Today … I am handing you the Rosary beads. Through prayer and meditation on the mysteries, Mary leads you safely towards her Son! Do not be ashamed to recite the Rosary alone, while you walk along the streets to school, to the university or to work, or as you commute by public transport. Adopt the habit of reciting it among yourselves, in your groups, movements and associations. Do not hesitate to suggest that it be recited at home … because it rekindles and strengthens the bonds between family members. This prayer will help you to be strong in your faith, constant in charity, joyful and persevering in hope.”
Pope John Paul II, 8 March 2003

8 JUNE 2018

HOW TO PARTICIPATE IN THE ANNUAL GLOBAL ROSARY RELAY

FOR PRIESTS

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Bishops, as a matter of courtesy, need to be informed when a Global Rosary Relay Participating Shrine is located in their Diocese so that all may be aware and encourage all priests to participate.

Priests, invite your parishioners to either gather at the local -named participating shrine. If unable to attend encourage your parishioners to join in from where they are located as the world gathers in prayer for all priests on Rosary Relay Day.

Religious Communities, through all available communication networks, should inform all religious communities worldwide to the Annual Global Rosary Relay for Priests so that all may participate throughout their communities worldwide.

Business Organisations
Place promotional posters on office notice boards to allow staff the opportunity to join together or join prayerfully with their shrine location of choice worldwide.
An extended coffee break would also be a good idea on Global Rosary Relay day.

Other Faiths
Join in prayerfully from where ever you may be located to help unite the world in prayer.

Individuals
Take time out to pray. Check the online shrine list so that you may travel to the nearest participating shrine or pray at your home, by the sea shore, in a beautiful location of your choosing or join with some friends. Make it a special prayer day.

At a participating shrine
At each shrine location there is an appointed coordinator. Talk with them about how you could get involved; what help you could extend to spreading the good news locally of the Global Rosary Relay.

At School
Teachers, have the children involved by praying the Rosary at their school by checking the online participating shrine list. Have the children download from www.worldpriest.com the beautiful pictures that can be coloured in and given the local priests. Check and see if there is a Children’s Rosary Group in your area by visiting http://childrensrosary.blogspot.ie/ . If not you may contact the group to start a Children’s Rosary Group at your school or in your parish.

At College
Check in on line at www.worldpriest.com for the full list of participating shrines. Choose the one nearest to you. You may pray the allocated mystery the shrine is praying and pray whether alone or with a group of friends or start at your College a Worldpriest Global Rosary Relay Prayer Network in praying for a particular priest daily.

Lay Organisations at Informative meetings: present World Priest’s mission & history, as well as the Rosary Relay during various meetings: Meeting with all the Vicars for the Archdiocese ,Meetings with some Parish Councils and a brief presentation during a meeting of the Extraordinary Ministries of the Eucharist.

Prayer Groups, in your local area download the information poster from www.worldpriest.com and email to all local prayer groups inviting them to get involved and promote this great day of prayer. By viewing the full list of participating shrines you chose the location which is nearest to you and work from there to unite the world in prayer.

All youth Groups
In your local area download the information poster from www.worldpriest.com and email to all local prayer groups inviting them to get involved and promote this great day of prayer. By viewing the full list of participating shrines you chose the location which is nearest to you and work from there to unite the world in prayer.

Grandparents
All Grandparents have a wonderful opportunity to join in prayerfully Global Rosary Relay by gathering their grand children in prayer.
Grandparents pass the gift of prayer and the Faith to their Grandchildren in a way no one else can do so please get involved, spared the good news and inform all members of the Grandparents Association to actively participate. http://www.catholicgrandparentsassociation.org/

When travelling
Check in on line at www.worldpriest.com for full list of participating shrines choose the one nearest to you as you travel. You may pray the allocated mystery the shrine is praying and help unite the world in prayer whether you are on a plane or train the person sitting beside you could be delighted to be asked to join with you in praying the Rosary Relay or you could pray for their intentions, driving your car.

Media
Local shrines coordinators please liaise with Diocesan and secular radio and TV networks to produce short promotions to be aired via local networks in local language.

Also Shrine Coordinators please provided information on the event to all local TV and Radio Press and media people with full information on the Annual Global Rosary Relay along with full local details in order to allow all their listeners to participate. You could also pray the rosary and invite them to utilise all social media Facebook & Twitter to heighten the awareness locally of the Global Rosary Relay with times and shrine locations.

HOW TO PRAY ON ROSARY RELAY DAY

23 June 2017

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Introduction to the Worldpriest Global Rosary Relay,

The Worldpriest, Annual Global Rosary Relay for the Sanctification of Priests idea is a simple one. Each of the 120 participating shrines in over 55 countries prays a particular mystery of the Rosary at an allocated half hour on this 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. With the coming of midnight on this day 23 June 2017, the entire world, by then, will have been encircled in prayer for our priests on this The Annual Rosary Relay Day.

As one united family of the Church, you are invited to join your prayers to the prayers of millions throughout the world on 23 June 2017. It is an opportunity for us to raise our hearts to God for all priests in the exercise of their ministry; that they will be blessed, through our prayers, with God’s grace for their priesthood; that in this worldwide communion of prayer for them, they may experience our gratitude and support; and finally that they will persevere in unity with Christ and his Church and shepherd the Lord’s flock to the safe pastures of his Kingdom.

Name and thank the Shrine from which you have received the Rosary Relay 

https://www.worldpriest.com/participating-shrine-list/

Pray the allocated mystery of the Rosary for your Country lead location

We now gathered together here at ………………………………as we take up the Global relay in praying The ………………Mysteries the Rosary.

Where ever in the world you are located please join us in prayer on the special day of prayer for our Priests.

Read the special Apostolic Blessing from Pope Francis for the Annual Global Rosary Relay for Priests.

Pope Francis’ Apostolic Blessing for the Annual Global Rosary Relay for Priests

The Most Reverend Michael Neary,  Archbishop of Tuam, Episcopal Advisor to WorldPriest

The Holy Father asks you to convey his cordial greetings to all taking part in the ‘’24-Hour Rosary Relay for Priests” and to assure them of his spiritual closeness. He prays that our Blessed Mother may always guide and protect priests who are consecrated to the joyful and indispensable mission of proclaiming the Gospel and offering God’s people, through the celebration of the sacraments, the closeness, the word and the strength of Christ (cf. Evangelii Gaudium,121). With great affection and appreciation for priests, His Holiness commends them and those joining in this event to the loving intercession of Our Lady of the Rosary, and willingly imparts his Apostolic Blessing as a pledge of grace and peace.

 Cardinal Pietro Parolin,  Secretary of State

At the end of the Rosary Relay this special prayer written by His Holiness Benedict XV1 for Priests is prayed.

His Holiness Benedict XVI’s Prayer for Priests

LORD JESUS CHRIST,
eternal High Priest, you offered yourself to the
Father on the altar of the Cross and through the
outpouring of the Holy Spirit gave your priestly
people a share in your redeeming sacrifice.
Hear our prayer for the sanctification of our priests.
Grant that all who are ordained to the ministerial
priesthood may be ever more conformed to you,
the divine Master. May they preach the
Gospel with pure heart and clear conscience.
Let them be shepherds according to your own Heart,
single- minded in service to you and to the Church
and shining examples of a holy,simple and joyful life.
Through the prayers of the Blessed Virgin Mary,
your Mother and ours,draw all priests and the flocks
entrusted to their care to the fullness of eternal life where
you live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.

AMEN

Announce the date for next year – 8th June 2018

Spiritually send the Rosary Relay to the next location as you mention the name of the next shrine and location to all present.

We now pass the Rosary Relay from to……………………………………………………………….

A special blessing to be bestowed upon all attending.

Sing a hymn of thanksgiving to Our Lady

 

After the Rosary Relay prayer is completed at your shrine please email us at info.worldpriest@gmail.com with pictures, or audio recordings, TV or video clips and if possible, a brief overview as to how you prayerfully celebrated the Global Rosary Relay for Priests.

 

A reflection to share.

Join and pray as guided by Saint John Paul.

Reflection from Saint John Paul on the Rosary

“Today … I am handing you the Rosary beads. Through prayer and meditation on the mysteries, Mary leads you safely towards her Son! Do not be ashamed to recite the Rosary alone, while you walk along the streets to school, to the university or to work, or as you commute by public transport. Adopt the habit of reciting it among yourselves, in your groups, movements and associations. Do not hesitate to suggest that it be recited at home … because it rekindles and strengthens the bonds between family members. This prayer will help you to be strong in your faith, constant in charity, joyful and persevering in hope.”
Pope John Paul II, 8 March 2003

 

Thank you and God Bless.

HOW TO PRAY THE NOVENA 2017

THE NOVENA BEGINS ON THURSDAY 15 JUNE AND ENDS ON FRIDAY 23 JUNE

  • Give yourself about ten minutes to slowly read the content of each day.
  • Repeat the scripture to yourself a few times, and allow it centre you on the love of God.
  • Mull over the meditation, ending with the short prayer.
  • In the novena prayer, there is the opportunity to pray for the grace of God’s love in your life, and mention any special concern or intention you are bringing to the novena. Feel free to do so.

The theme this year is the call and invitation of Jesus to come to know, love and follow him in our Christian lives. Real prayer is always to be understood as a personal meeting with our risen Lord, who invites us to enter into a loving relationship with him. In our own words we speak to him from our hearts, communicating whatever thoughts come to mind from the gospel quotations and reflections.

Closing prayer each day

Lord Jesus, your Sacred Heart is always open in love to each of us, especially when we are suffering. To all who come to you seeking your help, you show your compassion and healing power. You care for us when we are lost, sympathise with us in loneliness and comfort us in mourning; you are closest to us when we are weakest. You reach out your hand to us when we stumble and have most need of your help. I ask you to listen to my prayer during this novena, and grant what I ask. If what I ask is not for my own or others’ good, grant me always what is best, that I may build your kingdom of love in our world. Amen

A NOVENA prepares us over nine days to receive the graces of God special to a feast.
In this Sacred Heart novena, contributed to us by Enda O’Callaghan SJ, the grace we ask is to know personally the love of God in the heart of Christ.

The Novena to the Sacred Heart takes place from 15-23 June 2017. Many churches celebrate this novena, or at least pray the novena prayer. During the nine days we renew our love of the heart of Jesus, who loved us first. This novena presents a short piece of scripture followed by a meditation, a reflection and a prayer.

NOVENA TO THE SACRED HEART

Day One: Thursday 15 June
Jesus the patient friend

SCRIPTURE: ‘Behold I stand at the door and knock; if anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to them and eat with them, and they with me’ (Rev.3:20).

MEDITATION: Jesus has been standing, knocking at the door of our hearts, and he will do so until the end of our lives with infinite patience. But it is never too late to open that door and invite him into our lives.

PRAYER: Lord, we do not understand why you love us so much and why you are so patient with us. It can only be because you are love itself. Help us to hear that persistent knocking and to open ourselves to you.

Day Two: Friday 16 June
A day with Jesus of Nazareth

SCRIPTURE: The two disciples said to Jesus, ‘Master, where do you live?’ Jesus said, ‘Come and see’ and they stayed with him that day (Jn.1:38).

MEDITATION: Because it is a relationship of love, Jesus always leaves us free to respond or not. To those who want to find him, he says, ‘Come, and meet me in real prayer and open your hearts to me’. This is how we come to know him personally, and it leads us to loving him and following him.

PRAYER: Lord Jesus, you are telling each of us to come and see, help us to truly meet you in prayer and to discover the joy of coming to know and love you.

Day Three: Saturday 17 June
The humble Jesus

SCRIPTURE: ‘Come to me all you who labour and are burdened and I will give you rest … learn from me, for I am gentle and humble of heart’ (Mt.11:28).

MEDITATION: We can learn much about what kind of person Jesus was by looking at how he lived and how he interacted with all those he met. He met and dined with people who were treated as outcasts in society and brought them peace. He healed those who were sick.
PRAYER: Lord Jesus, you know what it is like to live our human life. Help us to remember that you love everyone and see the good in each person, and help us to love them as sisters and brothers.

Day Four: Sunday 18 June
Jesus the compassionate friend

SCRIPTURE: And a leper came to him, beseeching him, ‘Lord, if you will, you can make me clean’. Moved with compassion, Jesus stretched out his hand and touched him saying, ‘I will, be clean’ (Mk.1:40-42). And immediately the leprosy left him.

MEDITATION: In his day, Jesus met much human suffering and it affected him deeply. Here, on meeting this leper, he looks into his eyes and reaches out and touches the untouchable.

PRAYER: Lord Jesus, you always looked on everyone with deep compassion, and just being in your presence brings a healing of body and mind. Help us in our day to be your eyes, which look with compassion on others.

Day Five: Monday 19 June
The call to follow Jesus as Christians

SCRIPTURE: ‘My sheep hear my voice;
I know them and they follow me’ (Jn.10:27).

MEDITATION: Jesus came among us to bring about the kingdom of his father on earth. He always knew that he would need followers to come after him and bring his message of love and peace to distant people. By our baptism we are all called to witness to Christ by how we live our Christian lives.

PRAYER: Lord Jesus, help us to hear your call in all the different experiences of our human lives. Give us the grace to respond with generosity and fidelity, knowing that you are always walking with us.

Day Six: Tuesday 20 June
The call to trust

SCRIPTURE: ‘When Peter saw the wind, he was afraid, and beginning to sink, he cried out, “Lord, save me”. Jesus immediately reached out his hand and caught him, saying to him, “O man of little faith, why did you doubt?”’ (Mt.14:29-31).

MEDITATION: When Peter paid more attention to the storm than to Jesus he began to sink. Jesus is always there to reach out and hold us and bring us help. If only we could learn to trust him more.

PRAYER: Lord, give us the courage and faith to carry on, knowing that you never stop loving us. Help us to see that with you, we can do everything that your call asks of us.

Day Seven: Wednesday 21 June
The God who lives within us

SCRIPTURE: ‘If anyone loves me, he/she will keep my word, and my father will love them, and we will come to them, and make our home with them’ (Jn.14:23).

MEDITATION: How very different our lives would be if we could only come to believe Jesus’ words. By being faithful to him in daily prayer we will come to learn that he dwells within us with his Father and the Holy Spirit.

PRAYER: Lord Jesus, help us to truly believe in your words. While on earth your greatest happiness was to encounter real faith. Teach us in prayer how to recognise your presence within us and how to let our prayer influence our daily lives.

Day Eight: Thursday 22 June
Accompany Jesus in his passion and death

SCRIPTURE: Then he said to all, ‘If any one wishes to come after me, they must deny themselves, take up their cross daily and follow me’ (Lk.9:23).

MEDITATION: True friends do not desert one another when life gets difficult. In the garden of Gethsemane, Jesus asked his disciples to stay and keep watch with him. By carrying our crosses in life, we can enter more deeply into his life and become more like him.

PRAYER: Lord, you are especially close to us when we suffer. Help us to unite our sufferings with yours for the salvation of the world. And help us to pray often on your passion and death.

Day Nine: Friday 23 June
To be with Jesus when he calls

SCRIPTURE: ‘Father, I want those also whom you have given me, to be with me where I am, so that they may see the glory which you have given me’ (Jn.17:24).

MEDITATION: Jesus has told us that we cannot even imagine what great joy and happiness he has in store for those who love him and who follow him faithfully in their Christian lives.

PRAYER: Lord Jesus, give us the grace never to turn back from our decision to answer your call to follow you as true Christians. You went the whole way in giving your life for us. Help us to be faithful to you until we hear your call to be with you forever in heaven.

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