“Blow the trumpet; gather the people; assemble the aged; gather the children; Let them say: Spare your people O Lord.” (Joel 2)
Dear Rosary on the Coast participants, Sunday 29 April was a great grace for our Church and Nations as Catholics turned out in force to pray the Rosary on the Coast for Faith, Life and Peace in the British Isles. Rosary on the Coast was a sign of hope for the spiritual renewal of our Isles and for supernatural solutions for the difficulties we face personally, in our families, as a Church, as the British Isles and globally as nations. We were caught up in something greater than ourselves as instruments in the hands of our Blessed Mother. It was exciting to know we were part of a mighty “assault of prayer”. We trust that, in God’s time, His powerful intervention will manifest itself in the people of our Isles, our Church and Governments.
Bishop John Keenan said: We gather here … conscious that we are united with tens of thousands of our fellow Catholics and friends in Christ, spread across 400 locations in every corner of our lands and in the far-off Islands. … We have gathered together sensing an inspiration from Our Lady herself, who reminds us that ‘more is obtained with one day of intense prayer that with years of continuous discussions’.
A reasonable estimate from reports through email, web and social media suggests 45,000 took part, joined in prayer by peoples across the world, especially from Ireland, Poland, the USA and Australia.
All the Bishops supported the event while seventeen attended events as the rest joined in prayer. It was a great grace to have this and much appreciated. The Apostolic Blessing from Pope Francis through the Apostolic Nuncio Archbishop Edward Adams was a crowning glory.
Rosary on the Coast touched something deep in the hearts of the faithful around the world. Lebanon and the USA have announced their Rosary on the Coast will take place on 7 October. Poland, Ireland and Australia have already hosted theirs. Canada is pondering a date and so are other Nations. We had an episcopal leader in Bishop John Keenan of Paisley Diocese in Scotland. We also thank EWTN GB based in Walsingham and also EWTN Global, as well as Vatican Radio, who helped highlight Rosary on the Coast to a global audience. The Knights of St. Columba were a fantastic strength of support and organization at many locations.
We thank the Catholic Faithful, other Christians and people of goodwill who came out in force. They prepared their local venues for Rosary on the Coast with creativity, apostolic zeal and prayerfulness, aware of how the times we live in demand a great supernatural response in prayer, penance, fasting and sacrifice in order to face the challenges the world throws at us as individuals, families, as a Church, as communities and as nations.
A lady sent in this beautiful prophecy: “As we started the Rosary, I sensed thousands of golden arrows, rather like long spears but with flattened shafts and arrow heads, forming a fence around the British Isles; a fence that reached up to the gates of Heaven from where Our Lady was looking down at us, spreading her mantle down to meet the arrow fence. Her mantle was silver-grey and was, in fact, formed by descending ranks of angels – so the cover went from Earth to Heaven and back forming a sort of tent. I had the further sense that, behind Our Lady, God the Father was looking down, smiling on us, but He was also saying: “Do not let this be the end, but the beginning. Go home and continue (this work) by becoming true witnesses to my Son and what He has done for the world.” … “The kingdom of Heaven is at hand. Repent and believe in the Gospel!”
So what next?
1. We are asking for feedback as to what the Holy Spirit is saying to the Church at this time. Please email brief thoughts (100 words) to Antonia at firstname.lastname@example.org who will collate them. It would help if you state your Parish and Diocese.
2. Initial feedback indicates that many want something like Rosary on the Coast again! Perhaps Parishes might arrange this locally as Rosary around the Parish. All it takes is a local leader! Think about it!
3. Penance and Reparation are key to our follow up on Sunday October 7th 2018 when we will join with the rest of the world in British Isles under the Cross, a time for Repentance & Reparation? Listen to Frances Hogan, Scripture scholar’s A Path to Healing a Nation, an hour long, but every sentence a jewel.
5. The Irish Rosary on the Coast Team is preparing its response following the catastrophic referendum result in which around two thirds of the Irish population voted in favour of abortion. What might we do in the British Isles to become part of this?
6. On 22 September in Westminster Cathedral, 9.30am-4.30pm there is a Divine Mercy Day of Prayer invoking the intercession of Our Lady of Walsingham with Mass at 10.30 am. Bishop John Keenan is the keynote speaker. Save the date! This Day of Prayer will have a Life theme with an intense time of Reparation.
St. Catherine of Siena once said: “Be who you were created to be and you will set the world on fire! We are full of gratitude to God and Our Lady of the Rosary and we await in hope the great revival of Faith, Life and Peace in these Isles. Ave Maria!”
Bishop John Keenan, Antonia Moffat, John Mallon, Brian Timmons and Anne Collins
The ‘Rosary on the Coast’ will mark 50 years since the Abortion Act came into effect
After similar events in Poland and Ireland, Catholics plan to pray the rosary around the coast on Great Britain in April this year.
The event, which is scheduled for Sunday, April 29, will mark 50 years since the Abortion Act coming into effect.
Organisers say the mass-rosary prayer will help combat the “present threats to faith, the dignity of the human person and to peace”, and encourage a “re-flourishing of our Faith”.