… the Bishop will also nourish his personal and communitarian Marian devotion by devotional practices approved and recommended by the Church, especially by the recitation of that compendium of the Gospel which is the Holy Rosary. Being himself completely familiar with this prayer, completely centred as it is on the contemplation of the saving events of Christ's life with which his holy Mother was closely associated, every Bishop is also called
to promote diligently
POPE JOHN PAUL II, ON THE BISHOP, SERVANT OF THE GOSPEL OF JESUS CHRIST, FOR THE HOPE OF THE WORLD - 16th. October, 2003.
In His Rosarium Virginis Mariae of the 16th. October, 2002, calling for a year of the Rosary, the super-Pope also stated:- The Rosary, a treasure to be rediscovered .
Our Pope found it necessary to remind his Bishops of the great need for the Rosary and obviously, for that reason but also to call the Faithful back to this miraculous prayer, called for the year of the Rosary.the Wednesday of every week.
I can only speak from my own local observation in Australia but it would seem that the great hope of the Pope that all in The Universal Church return to this miraculous prayer remains just that - hope.
Therefore we must do our bit in support of this man of history - this man of the millennium.
We have begun therefore, a weekly around-the-world Rosary.
The idea behind this is that the whole world will join us in prayer, specifically in saying the Golgotha prayer followed by the Rosary and attending Holy Mass.
Of course, it is hardly likely that everyone will be able to do all three, so whatever part a person is able to do would be a wonderful contribution - even if it were a mere thought on the specified day.
The ATWR will take place over a 24 hour period concluding on
Each participant will choose a time to suit himself/herself, but wherever possible we recommend a time in his/her local area based on:-either
2330 hrs Greenwich Mean time
on the Tuesday before the Wednesday;
(This would be 930 hrs Wednesday, in Queensland, Australia, or 1530 hrs Tuesday, in California, USA)
1130 hrs Greenwich Mean time
on the Wednesday.
(This would be Wednesday, 1330 hrs in Johannesburg, South Africa, or Wednesday, 1700 hrs in Bombay, India.)
How wonderful to know that as we pray the Holy Rosary at a specified time that we are joined by others around the world!W
Participants in this weekly Rosary are cordially requested to read the locution located at:-
20-Oct-04. How I welcome your presence at Golgotha!
for we would pray together with Mary before her adored Son, Jesus The Christ.
As The Catechism of The Catholic Church states:-
1370. In the Eucharist the Church is as it were at the foot of the cross with Mary, united with the offering and intercession of Christ.