Wednesday, October 11, 2017

More than a Million Poles Prayed the Rosary along the Border for the Salvation of Poland and the World

It was an initiative of the laity supported by the Episcopal Conference of Poland

Thousands of Catholics walking toward Poland's border with Czech Republic / New York Times
October 10, 2017. Last Saturday took place one of the biggest prayers of the Rosary in the history of Europe. More than a million Polish Catholics made a human prayer chain along the more than 3,000 kilometers of the country's border to surround it and pray for Poland, Europe and the world asking Mary for her protection.

The initiative surpassed any forecast and provided spectacular images, because there were groups of people praying the Rosary anywhere along the border. The initiative was carried out by lay Catholics of “God Alone Suffices”, supported by different private and state companies and the Episcopal Conference. The Prime Minister of the country also joined the event by publishing in his Twitter account a picture of a Rosary.

A group of people pray on the border between Poland and Belarus / New York Times

The Episcopal Conference claims that this is the second prayer meeting in Europe, only surpassed by the last World Youth Day in Krakow.
Recovering the Christian roots of Europe
The archbishop of Krakow, Marek Jedraszewski, said that it is necessary to pray for Europe. "Let us pray so that other nations of Europe and the world understand that we need to return to the Christian roots of European culture if we want Europe to remain Europe."
In each of the thousand points where the Rosary was organized, the day began with a Mass, a subsequent pilgrimage and ended with the Marian prayer at the border. Those who could not attend did so from their parishes.

A date not chosen at random
The date chosen to organize the event "Rosary on the borders" was not casual. The organizers explained that Saturday, October 7, was the ideal day for these reasons:
  • It was the feast of Our Lady of the Rosary, a day that also commemorates the victory of Christianity in Lepanto.
  • It was the first Saturday of the month, and Our Lady of Fatima spoke of the importance of this devotion.
  • 2017 marks the 140th anniversary of the apparition of Our Lady in Gietrzwald, the only one recognized in Poland.
The Rosary can "change the fate of Poland and the whole world"
The organizers of the event said that "the powerful prayer of the Rosary can change the fate of Poland, Europe and even the whole world. Suffice it to say that Mary always asks for the praying of the Rosary in almost all her revelations. "

"Through this unprecedented prayer of the Rosary we want to show fidelity and obedience to Our Lady, who tirelessly calls us to say the Rosary. We also want to apologize for all blasphemy and insults against the Immaculate Heart of Mary. We wish to implore by the intercession of the Mother of God to save Poland and the world. "
After the success in Poland, now Italy
The success of this initiative in Poland has caused that the prayer of the Rosary extends to other countries. This is the case of Italy, where the Marian group AIASM also wants to pray to Mary for the protection of their country and Europe.

The event will take place next Friday, October 13, at 5:30 p.m. In this case, a call is made for simultaneous prayer throughout the country but inside the parishes. This is "the most powerful initiative for peace, to recite the Holy Rosary."

Below you will find videos of some of the places where the Rosary was prayed on the borders of Poland: