Welcome to our friends the world over who follow the Worldpriest Global Apostolate and its many initiatives. And a special welcome to all our Annual Global Rosary Relay participants and our Rosary Thursday prayer friends.
On 16 June 2023 the next Annual Global Rosary Relay for the Sanctification of Priests will take place, on the feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. This unique event started fourteen years ago when the Worldpriest founder received an inspiration of ‘Twenty countries and twenty mysteries. It has now grown into a truly global ‘avalanche of prayer’, inspiring millions of people on each continent to make a huge success of this unique global prayer event.
Worldpriest extends an open invitation to all people to join a world community at prayer. This includes individuals, families, children and members of the more elderly population to pray from their homes or from any other locations of their choice. Locations include local cathedrals, churches, grottos, schools, colleges, hospitals, nursing homes or any other venue suitable for individual or collective prayer. Regardless of your faith, age or local culture, please join this truly inspiring event. Pray the Rosary, unite with your country and truly encircle the world in prayer.
A special message from the Vatican
‘The Holy Father asks you to convey his cordial greetings to all taking part in the ‘24-Hour Rosary Relay for Priests’. 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
Please contact your local church representative to join the relay at your local prayer location or find your most convenient prayer place on the Participating Prayer Location List – World Priest
The Worldpriest Global Rosary Relay 2023 promotional video is launched.
This specially-commissioned video promotes the Worldpriest Global Rosary Relay 2023 for the Sanctification of Priests and is now formally launched. Please widely share this video on your social media networks, your diocesan and all parish websites. It was produced by Colm Flynn of EWTN to encourage as many people as possible to pray the Rosary around the world on 16 June, regardless of their location. Annual Global Rosary Relay – World Priest
This video is based on images of Our Lady painted by religious artists from around the world. The results speak powerfully of the truly worldwide phenomenon that is the Worldpriest Annual Global Rosary Relay for the Sanctification of Priests.
What started as a modest prayer event for the sanctification of priests now encompasses the entire world in a twenty-four-hour period and touches the lives of millions as they collectively pray the Rosary in a real time relay that is truly spiritual.
An opportunity to pray for Pope Francis this year
On 16 June 2023 Worldpriest hosts a special Virtual Global Rosary Relay invitation to pray for Pope Francis at the Vatican time slot led by Father Fred Jenga, CSC President of Holy Cross Family Ministries USA, along with Worldpriest directors and our Worldpriest prayer community praying the Sorrowful Mysteries of the Rosary through the use of Zoom technology.
Zoom Room will open at 17.45 hours, local Rome time, with the prayers beginning at 18.00 hours and concluding at 18.30 hours.
Click this link if you wish to register and pray on the day. Rosary Thursday – World Priest
Rome, Vatican 16.00 GMT local prayer time (18.00 hours) – the Sorrowful Mysteries.
Other notable prayer events on 16 June
- Prelude of prayer from The Basilica of Our Lady Guadalupe in Mexico
- Prelude of prayer from Pakistan – Church of St Christopher, Karachi Pakistan.
- Botswana South Africa Deaneries of Gaborone Diocese participating in the Annual Global Rosary Relay with fifty parish prayer locations participating.
- The Shrine of Our Lady of Lourdes is praying at four different times in four different languages, which is a great gift to The Global Rosary Relay 2023. https://www.lourdes-france.com/en/lourdes-tv-platform/
- In front of historic Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris a group will pray the Luminous Mysteries at 8.30 pm.
Every continent will have extensive participation, all praying at their allocated times.
The rosary begins at Our Lady of Magadan in Russia and in a real time relay visits every national Marian Shrine worldwide, along with all participating basilicas, cathedrals and churches, with family prayer groups the world over participating. The relay will end at the Thomas Aquinas College in the Our Mother of Perpetual Health Chapel (New England Campus) for those who pray on the east coast of the United States and at the same time Thomas Aquinas College will close the day of prayer for 2023 at Thomas Aquinas College in Santa Paula California at Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity Chapel (California campus).
Media coverage of the Global Rosary Relay 2023
National, global and local television broadcasts by EWTN, with a number of radio broadcasts by Radio Maria from Guatemala with a national broadcast. A similar Radio Maria broadcast will also take place from Ireland.
Remember – when a prayer location prays, they are praying for their parish, their diocese, their county and for the world.