If you’re a regular listener to Immaculate Heart Radio, you may have heard us mention that we pray for listener intentions each day, during our staff Rosary. It’s true…we do. And we’re fortunate to be able to join together in a beautiful little chapel, dedicated and blessed by his Excellency Bishop Jaime Soto in 2011, in our Loomis, California office space just a few feet away from the radio station’s central broadcast studio.
Long before the chapel, staff would pray the rosary in whatever space was available…around a conference table or desks. These days, anyone who doesn’t happen to be working in the Loomis office can join by conference call — there’s a speaker phone in the back of the chapel, sitting near a basket of rosaries and cards to follow along if the prayers aren’t familiar.
Our founder and president Doug Sherman feels strongly that setting aside this time in the workday and giving people the opportunity to participate draws everyone together in a powerful way.
If you’ve ever prayed the rosary with a group of people, you know what Doug’s talking about. To hear the voices of the people you work with praying…asking for the petitions of listeners who have asked us to pray for them, leading the rosary…reciting the Hail Mary or Our Father…well — it’s sometimes overwhelming. There’s really something special about recognizing the sound of these voices joining together.
In 1 Thessalonians 5:17, St. Paul writes that we should ‘pray without ceasing.’ This word from scripture can have two very different effects on our lives. Either we can reject it as a pious sentiment that is ‘not practical,’ or we can allow it to transform how we understand prayer. In this way, this passage can challenge us to move outside of our comfort zones and embrace a mystical vision of life. It can help shatter the illusions that keep us from intimacy; the divides that prevent us from true flourishing. Catholic Online
This Friday — Good Friday — there’s a movement underway asking people to pray the rosary between noon and 3 p.m. If you haven’t already received the email or heard about it on social media, here’s the plea:
“Imagine what might happen if every Catholic in the world would pray a Rosary on the same day! We have an example in October of 1573, when Europe was saved from the invasion of the mighty Turkish fleet, by the praying of the Rosary by all Christians – the origin of the Feast of the Rosary.
In the 1920s, the Church in Portugal experienced a miraculous resurrection in the face of the fiercely anti-Catholic republican government, because the ordinary people who had seen the miracle of the sun in October 1917, willingly complied with Our Lady’s request to pray the Rosary every day …
In Austria in 1955, the Soviets voluntarily withdrew the Red Army of occupation, after 10% of the population joined in a Rosary crusade with public processions …
So, on Good Friday, let us all pray a Rosary for suffering and persecuted Christians wherever they might be, for peace in the world and the return of moral values into our communities. If possible, please pray your Rosary between Noon and 3:00 pm.
Let’s unite in praying one of the most powerful prayers in existence, for these intentions, on one of the holiest days in our Church year.
Ave Maria !”
You don’t have to be Catholic to pray the rosary — you just need to want to pray! And if you have the opportunity to pray the rosary on Good Friday – imagine the chorus of voices you will join!
For more information:
A Brief History of the Rosary
How to Pray the Rosary