VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Pope Francis will lead major shrines around the world in praying the Rosary to implore Mary’s intercession and protection amid the coronavirus pandemic.
The Pope will pray in front of the replica of the grotto of Lourdes in the Vatican gardens on May 30, the eve of Pentecost, and will also be joined by several “men and women representing various categories of people particularly affected by the virus”, the Pope said. Vatican in May. 26. The service will be held at 5:30 p.m. in Rome (11:30 a.m. EDT).
“At the feet of Mary, the Holy Father will place the many troubles and sorrows of humanity, further aggravated by the spread of COVID-19,” reads a statement released by the Pontifical Council for Promoting the New Evangelization.
According to the statement, the prayer, which coincides with the end of the Marian month of May, “is another sign of closeness and consolation for those who, in different ways, have been struck by the coronavirus, in the certainty that the Heavenly Mother will not disregard requests for protection.”
Among those accompanying the pope in praying the rosary will be a doctor and a nurse, a recovered patient as well as someone who has lost a family member to COVID-19. Also participating in the rosary will be a hospital chaplain, a pharmacist, a journalist, a Civil Defense volunteer and his family and a family who has welcomed a new baby, “a sign of hope and the victory of life over death. “, the pontifical told the council.
Shrines around the world will connect to the event and join in the prayer, including the National Shrine Basilica of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C.