The origins of the Shrine of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Ta’ Pinu are lost in the midst of time. The small chapel, known as “Tal-Ġentili”, dedicated to the Assumption of the Blessed Mother of God existed before 1545 when it is recorded to have been rebuilt. In 1587 the church property changed hands and consequently its name, from “Tal-Ġentili” to “Ta’ Pinu”. This happened because Pinu Gauci became the procurator of this church in 1611. He sponsored its restoration and in 1619 commissioned the painting of the Assumption of Our Lady for the main altar, which was accomplished by the Maltese artist Amadeo Perugino.
‘The power of technology and religious fervour really came together this summer to achieve a massive increase in numbers joining the Global Rosary Relay for Priests,’ says Marion Mulhall, founder of Worldpriest, speaking in Dublin.
In Mexico, Rosario en Familia celebrated the Rosary Relay in the parish of Nuestra Madre Santísima de la Luz, Guadalupe, Nuevo León at 5 p.m. We offered a biblical reflection for each decade of the rosary, as well as an intention.
An estimated 10 million to join in prayer this year
The fascination, appeal and sheer scale of the Global Rosary Relay for Priests continues to draw in more and more people around the world – people who want to share in this captivating feast of prayer which by now crosses 24 time zones and reaches into every corner of the globe.
A Special Global Rosary Relay ‘Prelude’ takes place this year at the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico on 22 June at 17.00 local time. This prelude of prayer will bring many blessings on Global Rosary Relay day.
The annual Global Rosary Relay for the sanctification of priests is in its eight year. Based on an inspiration to get the world praying, the Rosary Relay will involve over 50 countries in different shrines on the Feast of the Sacred Heart, 23 June 2017. Marion Mulhal, founder and CEO of World Priest explained that each country will pray a particular mystery of the Rosary at a particular half hour on the day and that they will then pass on the Rosary to the next country to ensure a communion of prayer. Miriam Gormally from Soul Waves Radio began by asking Marion about the kind of spiritual benefits this might bring.
The Global Rosary Relay for Priests begins at the stroke of midnight on 23 June (the feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus) this year, commencing in East Asia as it begins its journey around the world. We thank you for making this worldwide prayer event a success in the past as we now look forward to sharing in a greatly enhanced event for 2017, when over 100 lead shrines in more than 50 countries around the world will pray the rosary in their local language at their allocated time.
On the Feast of Our Lady of The Rosary, today 7 October 2016, the Worldpriest Apostolate has chosen this special day to allow our beautiful new website to go live. This website, in thanksgiving for the many gifts we have received from Our Lady, is for the world to reflect upon and enjoy.