Sunday, 12 October 2014

Rosary Crusade 2014

Harrod's had a special visitor on Saturday!
Thousands of fervent faithful followed the little statue of Our Lady of Fatima through the streets of London bringing religion very firmly into the public square.  Throughout the hour and a half procession, the Rosary (all 15 decades!) was prayed and hymns in honour of Our Lady were sung.  Despite ominous weather forecasts earlier in the week, the procession took place in glorious sunshine with many complaining that it was too warm!  It's amazing what a little prayer can do...

The procession ended at the Brompton Oratory where an hour of hymns and prayers to our Lady and Our Lord was crowned by Solemn Benedication celebrated by Fr Christopher Andrews, OSB with Frs Ronald Creighton-Jobe and Rupert McHardy of the Oratory assisting.  Fr John Hunwicke of the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham gave a thoughtful Sermon on Our Lady of Victories, recalling the naval victory of Lepanto which was won by the power of the Holy Rosary.  The beautiful Lady chapel in the Oratory reflects this theme as the altar is dedicated to Our Lady of Victories and has statues of the Dominican Saints, Pope Pius V and Rose of Lima.

Our Lady was accompanied by many young flower girls and altar boys and was hoisted high by the members of the Catholic Police Guild.  The Knights of Malta were well represented, as were the Knights of Our Lady and the Brothers of the Little Oratory and we were thankful for the support of the dedicated priests who accompanied the procession, Fr. Simon Leworthy, Fr Rupert McHardy, Fr John Hunwicke and Fr Christopher Andrews, OSB.

See you next year?  
 

Monday, 22 September 2014

Rosary Crusade welcomes Fr John Hunwicke!



The Rosary Crusade of Reparation is very pleased that the erudite Fr John Hunwicke of the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham has accepted our invitation to preach at this year's Crusade.  As indicated in his Blog, Fr Hunwicke was for nearly three decades at Lancing College, Oxford, where he taught Latin and Greek language and literature and was Head of Theology.  He was Senior Research Fellow at Pusey House in Oxford.   Father was ordained to the Catholic priesthood on the Feast of Our Lady of Perpetual Succour in 2012 and manages an interesting blog, Fr Hunwicke's Mutual Enrichment.  We look forward to Father's words of wisdom!


Sunday, 13 October 2013

Rosary Crusade 2013

Our Lady appears through a cloud of incense during the Rosary Crusade
 Complementing the events taking place in Rome for the Marian Day, the Rosary Crusade of Reparation, without a police escort for the first time in its history, made its way from Westminster Cathedral to Brompton Oratory.  An estimated 2000 faithful took part in the procession which took place in clement weather despite the biblical weather forecasts.  The Chairman of the Latin Mass Society took part and his report is here.   

Friday, 4 October 2013

Unfortunate Clash!

We are aware that the annual Blessed Sacrament Procession from Westminster Cathedral to Southwark Cathedral has been planned for the same day as the Rosary Crusade. This is unfortunate but, by the time we were advised that this was happening, it was too late to change the Rosary Crusade to an alternate date. We did, however, agree to move the assembly time for the Crusade from 1:45 pm to 2:15 pm. The Blessed Sacrament procession leaves the Cathedral at 1.30pm and should be clear by 2pm so that the two processions should not interfere with one another. We have advised Westminster Cathedral that the Rosary Crusade for 2014 will be on 11 October and they have agreed to try to avoid scheduling any major devotions on this date.



Monday, 23 September 2013

Statue of Our Lady of Fatima going to Marian Day in Rome on the same Day as the Rosary Crusade in London!


 
In response to the desire of Holy Father Francis, the Statue of Our Lady of the Rosary of Fatima, venerated in the Little Chapel of Apparitions, will be brought to Rome on October 12/13 to be present at the Marian Day promoted by the Pontifical Council for the
Promotion of the New Evangelization. On October 13, next to the Statue of Our Lady, Pope Francis will make the consecration of the world to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.
 
Marian Day is one of the great pontifical events marked down on the calendar of celebrations of the Year of Faith which will bring to Rome hundreds of movements and institutions connoted with Marian devotion.
 
In a letter addressed to Bishop Antonio Marto, of Leiria-Fatima, the President of the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of the New Evangelization, Cardinal Rino Fisichella, informs that “all ecclesial entities of Marian spirituality” are invited to take part in this Marian day, a gathering which includes, on the 12th, a pilgrimage to the tomb of Apostle St. Peter and other moments of prayer and meditation and, on the 13th, a Mass presided over by Pope Francis, in St. Peter’s Square.
 
In that letter, Cardinal Fisichella wrote: “The Holy Father strongly desires that the Marian Day may have present, as a special sign, one of the most significant Marian icons for Christians throughout the world and, for that reason, we thought of the beloved original Statue of Our Lady of Fatima”.
 
Therefore, the Statue of Our Lady will depart from the Shrine of Fatima on the morning of October 12 and return on the afternoon of October 13. Scheduled to take its place in the Little Chapel of Apparitions is the first Pilgrim Statue of Our Lady of Fatima, which is enthroned in the Basilica of Our Lady of the Rosary since December 8, 2003.
 
(information published on the Official website of the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Fatima in Portugal
by LeopolDina Simões)
 
 A good opportunity to join our prayers to those of the Holy Father!

Thursday, 12 September 2013

Please Help the Rosary Crusade!

While this year's Rosary Crusade will take place on the 12th October 2013 (assemble by 2:15 PM), future Crusades are threatened by a change in the policing arrangements for the procession.  Essentially, we have been informed by the Metropolitan Police that their policy has changed with regard to processions such as the Rosary Crusade.  The Police traditionally provided the traffic management plan for the event, closing roads and and using traffic officers to facilitate the progress of the procession from  start to finish.  The police have now asked us to seek the Traffic Management Orders required directly from Westminster Council and then to engage a company who specialise in traffic management to help deliver this.  While this is logistically more cumbersome, the main impact is cost.  While the Metropolitan Police provided their services gratis, private traffic management companies obviously are not in a position to do so.  The extra cost is over £2000.00!

The Rosary Crusade relies almost entirely on the collection which we take in Brompton Oratory at the end of the procession to cover our costs.  In most year's this is sufficient to cover our usual costs, but the collection would now need to more than double in order to break even in future given this additional cost.  Please remember this when making your contribution in future!

The Rosary Crusade is the only major Catholic procession in London.  It stops traffic on some of the busiest streets in London and puts nearly two thousand Faithful on the streets to proclaim, very publicly, their love of Our Lady.  It would be a great tragedy if it could not continue due to this additional cost.  If you love Our Lady, please send us a donation to our address, directly to our bank account, or via the Donate button at the top of the website.  Please consider initiating an annual standing order -- if only 200 people donated £10.00 each year, this would cover the additional cost.  The future of the Crusade is in your hands -- please give generously!  God Bless you!                  

Saturday, 10 November 2012


Rosary Crusade 2012

The Rosary Crusade 2012 once again brought Marian devotion to the heart of London!  On the anniversary of the Miracle of the sun at Fatima, the little statue, blessed by Pope Pius XII, headed a wonderful procession from all walks of life.  There is no more Catholic an event in all meanings of that word.  On one of the few relatively clement days in October this year, around 2000 pilgrims made the journey between the two greatest London Catholic Churches to honour Our Lady in the month of the Most Holy Rosary.  On arrival at the Oratory, a ceremony of hymns, prayers and readings was crowned by solemn Benediction.  Father Julian Large, new Provost of the London Oratory, preached a fine sermon and Fr Ronald Creighton-Jobe, chaplain to the Crusade, reminded everyone to pray for the Repose of the soul of Fr Hugh Thwaites, former chaplain to the Crusade, though one is tempted to believe that such a holy priest is already busy in Heaven praying for all the pilgrims.  Certainly, Father's spirit seemed to guide the procession this year as everything proceeded very smoothly indeed.  Join us next year!

More photos can be found here.