MEXICO CITY, SEPT. 28, 2006 (Zenit.org).- Organizers of a World Day of the Rosary, Oct. 21, hope to have millions of people worldwide participate in the event.
Last year, more than 100 countries participated, with rosaries prayed simultaneously in 8,000 sites.
“Reaction to this year’s announcement has been very strong,” says Guillermo Estévez Alverde, one of the Mexican laymen who launched the initiative a decade ago.
“The most surprising reaction comes from Africa, where a number of parishes and associations have expressed a desire to join — a first in the history of the event,” Estévez explained.
The event is being planned by a group of lay people in Mexico City. They said that this year the World Rosary will be prayed for six intentions.
The intentions are: for the Grace of God, so that it nourishes the flourishing of love among humankind; for peace on earth; for the preservation of life and family values; for the Pope and his intentions; to promote priestly and religious vocations; and for local intentions.
The organizers suggest that participants fast and pray for one day for this initiative. They also suggest that the rosary be prayed during exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, and that opportunities be provided for people to go to confession.
The organizers have also requested that the local coordinators inform and obtain the support of episcopal conferences, bishops and parish priests.