Following on from Saint John Paul’s original invitation to Catholics to pray the Mysteries of Light or Luminous Mysteries of the Rosary on Thursdays, communities from every continent have been contemplating the public life of Jesus Christ, but with the launch of Rosary Thursday the lay faithful may additionally offer their prayers for the sanctification of priests around the world, which is the Worldpriest Annual Global Rosary Relay prayer intention.
This new section of the Worldpriest website will prove to be truly inspirational for very many people, as it presents a magnificent backdrop to this wonderful prayer initiative. The beautiful contemplative reflections on the five mysteries were written by Father Brian Grogan SJ and are supplemented with photographs of the exact locations in the Holy Land where Jesus walked during his life on earth. These include The Baptism of the Lord, showing the location on the banks of the River Jordan where John the Baptist performed Christ’s baptism, The Wedding Feast at Cana, where the famous miracle took place, The Proclamation of the Kingdom, The Transfiguration of the Lord and The Institution of the Eucharist. https://www.worldpriest.com/rosary-thursday/
As well as the written version there is also a specially recorded audio version of the reflections. Join with Father Patrick Peyton and his cousin Father Bill Melody praying the Luminous Mysteries. This helps to provide a deeper prayer experience for all. The high creative standard of the visual presentation has captured the attention and imagination of people of all backgrounds and nationalities in just a few weeks since its launch, and the number of praying participants is expected to grow steadily on a weekly basis.
As well as adults praying Rosary Thursday there is also an invitation to all children to join with Rosary Thursday in prayer. This children’s section on the website includes posters that can be downloaded and shared with friends to promote this special Thursday. There are also posters to be coloured in by children which can then be given as gifts to local priests on a Thursday. https://www.worldpriest.com/rosary-thursday-children/
In Pakistan, Rosary Thursday has begun in earnest, with many groups of very enthusiastic Christians in Karachi becoming a significant part of Rosary Thursday, while another group in Malta has followed this example as the word spreads and more and more people become aware of Rosary Thursday.
So, with growing numbers of people around the world praying the Rosary on Thursdays there will be an enormous groundswell of devotion adding to the many millions taking part in the 2018 Annual Global Rosary Relay for the sanctification of priests, now deemed to be one of the biggest days of prayer in the world. So we pray there will be a spiritual tsumani of grace for all peoples, especially our priests.
Download promotional poster in English and Spanish.