Tuesday, 2 August 2016

Westminster Cathedral Administrator to Preach at 2016 Crusade


Cannon Christopher Tuckwell, Administrator of Westminster Cathedral, will lead and preach at this year's Rosary Crusade on 8 October 2016.  The video link shows Canon Tuckwell preaching at A Day with Mary at Westminster Cathedral in May 2016.  Welcome Canon Tuckwell! 

Thursday, 27 August 2015

Father Martin Edwards
The Rosary Crusade is pleased to welcome Fr Martin Edwards, Parish Priest of St Mary Magdalene, Wandsworth, and National Chaplain for the British Pilgrims participating in the annual Paris-Chartres Pilgrimage, to preach at the 2015 Crusade in October.  The Crusade will take the usual route from Westminster Cathedral to Brompton Oratory on 10 October this year.  Those wishing to participate in the procession are asked to congregate outside Westminster Cathedral by 1:45 pm.        

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!