CV NEWS FEED // The Dominican Friars of the Province of St. Joseph at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in New York have announced their second-annual nine month-long rosary pilgrimage and invite all who are interested to join them, starting on January 27.
“It’s that time of year again!” wrote the Dominican friars in an email press release. “We are preparing to begin our 9-month novena to pray for the success of the second annual Dominican Rosary Pilgrimage.”
Fr. John Paul Kern, O.P., Executive Director of the Dominican Friars Foundation, explained in a news release that last year’s rosary pilgrimage “was a resounding success.” Over 3,000 Catholics traveled to D.C. last year to attend the pilgrimage.
“And we want this pilgrimage to grow every year, bringing people together to pray with the friars, and leading more souls to Jesus through Mary,” Kern added. “There were many graces received that day and Our Lady wants to continue to give us these graces now, more than ever.”
The novena begins on January 27 “and will be prayed every last Saturday of the month for nine months,” the friars shared in an email announcement. The novena will conclude on September 28 with Mass, opportunities for confession, and “celebrating the Rosary at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, DC,” the pilgrimage FAQ website reads:
This full-day event is hosted by the Dominican Friars of the Province of St. Joseph and our local charters of the Confraternity of the Most Holy Rosary and welcomes Dominican Friars, Dominican Sisters, members of the Rosary Confraternity, and everyone who wants to come from across the country.
“The Dominican Rosary Pilgrimage is a great opportunity to grow closer to Jesus through Mary, become familiar with the Dominican charism of preaching for the salvation of souls, and meet many Dominicans in DC,” the pilgrimage website adds.
“We encourage you to download or request to have a free novena card mailed to you, so that you can pray along with us,” the friars wrote in the email announcement, adding that participants signed up via email will receive a video every last Saturday of the month featuring “a reflection on the Rosary by various friars from the Province of St. Joseph.”
The full prayer for the novena, to be prayed every last Saturday of the month, is:
“God our Father, we thank you for the gift of your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we are adopted as your beloved sons and daughters. At Pentecost you poured out the Holy Spirit upon Our Lady and the Apostles while they were at prayer. Pour out that same Holy Spirit upon us as we meditate upon the mysteries of Christ contained in the Most Holy Rosary.
Enlighten our faith, strengthen our hope, and set us ablaze with love for you and our neighbor. Graciously grant us St. Dominic’s own zeal for the salvation of souls. Bless the Dominican Rosary Pilgrimage. May it lead many souls to Jesus through Mary, so that we may know you and your saving power now and for all eternity. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen. Our Lady of the Rosary, pray for us! St. Dominic, pray for us!”