|Our Lady appears through a cloud of incense during the Rosary Crusade|
Sunday, 13 October 2013
Friday, 4 October 2013
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
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.