Irish Catholics plans mass rosary to encircle whole of Ireland
Organizers of the November event say there has been a ‘catastrophic loss of faith’ in the country. “Rosary on the coast for life and faith”, a lay group, is planning a mass rosary recital around Ireland next month to mark the feast of Christ the King. The Irish event scheduled for November 26 follows similar mass rosaries in Poland and Italy in recent weeks staged at those countries borders. It also comes ahead of a referendum planned for the middle of 2018 on whether Ireland will repeal its ban on abortion in most circumstances.
“Our island is in the midst of a catastrophic loss of Catholic faith, especially among the young,” the group said on its Facebook page. “Ireland, north, and south, is facing an immediate threat to the protection of our unborn babies. “We are mustering the faithful to our borders, the Atlantic Ocean and the Irish Sea, to pray for the preservation of the faith and of the protection of life at all stages.” They called on bishops, priests, and ordained deacons to take part and select locations along the coast to which they are prepared to travel. They are hoping for a minimum of 53 locations. “However, the response of laity has been so enthusiastic that we are calling on the individual lay faithful, prayer groups, apostolates … to select locations that they will travel to on the day.” The group said they chose the November 26 feast day, as in the 1930s Ireland was the first country in the world to be consecrated to Christ the King.