Family Rosary Procession is chance to ‘walk with the Blessed Mother

| April 23, 2013 | 0 Comments
Marchers head up John Ireland Boulevard on the way to the Cathedral of St. Paul during the 65th annual May Day Family Rosary Procession May 6. Among the more than 1,000 attendees was Bishop Lee Piché, who made remarks at the State Capitol shortly before the march began. This year’s procession was offered in a particular way for the courage and grace to defend and promote marriage as the lifelong union between one man and one woman.

Marchers head up John Ireland Boulevard on the way to the Cathedral of St. Paul during the 65th annual May Day Family Rosary Procession May 6. Among the more than 1,000 attendees was Bishop Lee Piché, who made remarks at the State Capitol shortly before the march began. This year’s procession was offered in a particular way for the courage and grace to defend and promote marriage as the lifelong union between one man and one woman.

The 66th annual Archdiocesan Family Rosary Procession from the State Capitol to the Cathedral of St. Paul is set for Sunday, May 5.

Participants will gather at the Capitol at 1:30 p.m. The procession begins at 2 p.m.

It is “an opportunity to invoke the Blessed Mother’s intercession and protection over our country and our Church,” said Father John Paul Erickson, director of the archdiocesan Office of Worship, which is sponsoring the event in collaboration with the Family Rosary Processions Association.

“These are interesting times we live in and it’s always a good idea to walk with the Blessed Mother,” he said. “But in a particular way during these days of confusion and concern on the part of so many, and with the renewal that is in the air with the Rediscover: initiative, it’s a great opportunity to recommit ourselves to Jesus in and through Mary.”

One of the goals of the new evangelization is to “live out our faith with love, but also to live it boldly,” Father Erickson said. “A public procession like this is a chance to be out there, not in a triumphalistic way, but to be out there saying we believe we have found the deepest answers to the hunger of the human heart — and we invite you to join us.”

At the Cathedral, participants will pray with Archbishop John Nienstedt. Prayers will be offered for marriage and the family, and the gathering will close with adoration and Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament.

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