Rosary prayer

Rosary Prayer Service at Palisades Park

Members of a Catholic church in Palisades Park will say the rosary continuously until it is recited 10,000 times on Friday evening as they pray for peace on the Korean peninsula and around the world.

File photo from 2012 when St. Michael's Church in Palisades Park celebrated its 100th anniversary with a procession and special mass presided over by Bishop Manuel Cruz of Newark.

St. Michael’s Church, whose pastor is Korean and serves a growing Korean community, hosted the prayer service, which is expected to last between three and four hours, said Michaella Kang, an employee of the E Boulevard church. Central. She said English-speaking, Korean and Spanish-speaking parishioners from the church and beyond are invited to participate.

Kang said the church hopes to host more Rosary prayers in the future and get other parishes to participate in what will be a “million Rosary prayer campaign.”

“North Korea is testing nuclear weapons, so we think we need to gather our power and pray to God,” Kang said. “And it’s not only for the Korean Peninsula but also for the peace and security of the whole world.”

The idea to hold the rosary prayer service came from the pastor of the church, Reverend Minhyun Cho, Kang said.

Last month, North Korea passed a test of ballistic missiles capable of reaching the United States, leading President Donald Trump to issue warnings to the country’s communist leader, Kim Jong Un. , it was reported that North Korea was threatening to launch missiles towards the island of Guam.

According to the 2010 U.S. Census, residents of Korean ancestry make up more than half of Palisades Park’s 19,622 residents.

The prayer service is scheduled to begin at 8 p.m. Friday at the church.