Can Do This!
You can make it as small as
or as big as you want.
Look at the
remarkable fruits of the recitation of the Rosary by family groups.
a lay-apostolate movement is spreading spontaneously and with phenomenal
rapidity among the mass of the faithful and particularly among the young. It is
the "Block Rosary Movement" which gathers individuals and families by blocks of
houses to recite the Rosary together every evening. It is essentially a prayer
movement comprising hymns and other prayers in addition to the Rosary, and
often Bible readings and religious instruction. This is a remarkable movement
which might well become a new instrument of evangelization in view of its
spirit and enthusiasm.
Could not this
movement be launched and developed in many other African and Asian missions? It
would be specially useful in countries threatened by persecution, in order to
ensure an intense life of faith and prayer in Christian communities which will
soon perhaps be deprived of priests.
Philippines, a similar movement called by the same name, "The Block Rosary
Movement" is arousing the same enthusiasm there among laymen, developing with
the same rapidity and yielding abundant fruit. Some 80 groups of 30 families
and more met for half an hour every evening for the whole month of October to
recite the Rosary together, sing hymns and listen to a Bible reading with
commentary. Moreover, devotion to Mary has been renewed, many people have
resumed the habit of family prayer, the spirit of neighborliness has increased,
parish associations have a new lease on life. Such a successful movement really
deserves the attention of everyone, especially priests, and we pray that it may
develop all over the world, especially in mission countries, to the great
advantage of the evangelization of non-Christians and the dechristianized right
here in North America.
Rosary is more than the recitation of the Rosary in private. The Block
Rosary is comprised of a group of families, living in the same district. They
agree to come and pray round the statue of the Blessed Virgin in or in front of
the house of one of them. Every evening after the prayer meeting, which lasts
for half an hour, the statue is carried to the next house by candlelight
procession and to the accompaniment of singing. People are very keen to have
the statue "sleeping at their house"! Thus they have the whole day to invite
the neighbors to come in the evening to pray with them. In this way, "family
prayer" becomes "neighborhood prayer".
Rosary ceremony. The participants take up their places in the shape of a
Rosary in the street or in a square; each bead of the Rosary is an adult
representing his family. When his turn comes to speak over the microphone, each
one receives the light of his neighbor, so that at the end of the prayer all
the candles, all the torches are burning. In the center of the living rosary,
the mysteries are represented by children or other members of the families.
"One day through the Rosary and Scapular, I will save the world."
Our Lady to St. Dominic
Promises of Our
Lady to those who are enrolled in the Scapular of Mount Carmel and wear it
1. Whosoever dies clothed in this Scapular shall not
suffer eternal fire. It shall be a sign of salvation, a protection in danger, a
pledge of peace.
2. Whosoever devoutly wears the Scapular of Mount
Carmel, observes chastity according to his state in life and recites daily five
decades of the Rosary (when substitution of the Rosary for the Little Office is
granted*) would be freed from the pains of purgatory on the first Saturday
". . .ever hold in great esteem the practices and
exercises of devotion to the Most Blessed Virgin which have been recommended
for centuries by the Magisterium of the Church. And among them we judge well to
recall especially the Marian Rosary and the religious use of the Scapular of
*Note: All Catholics enrolled in the
Scapular of Our Lady of Mount Carmel may receive the benefit of substituting 5
decades of the Rosary daily for the Little Office of Our Lady, by filling out
our Fatima Crusade pledge and on it requesting this benefit, and sending the
pledge to us at the Fatima Center Headquarters.
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