Catholics will be praying the Holy Rosary in front of the Barton County courthouse this Saturday at noon, said Ruth McFrederick from Holy Family Parish. Believers of all faiths are invited to come and pray for the nation.
“I’m hoping that we have a big crowd,” she said. But having never organized anything like this before, McFrederick said she doesn’t know how many people to expect.
The gathering will last no more than an hour, McFrederick said, and prayers will specifically be for the nation. “We want our country to be under God,” she said. “We’re fighting back with prayers.”
People will be praying at similar events across the nation. “The Holy Rosary - Prayer for Our Country,” is coordinated nationally by Tradition, Family and Property and its America Needs Fatima campaign. According to the sponsors:
“America is at a historic crossroad. Secularists are trying to push God from the public square. They reject His beneficial action upon society. But without God, where will our leaders get the wisdom to solve the great problems we face?
“We must stop the secularist advance and pray for God to help. He will hear us, if we pray through the intercession of His Blessed Mother. That’s why we’re launching the 2012 Public Square Rosary Crusade.”
The group quotes The Secret of the Rosary, by St. Louis de Montfort: “Public prayer is far more powerful than private prayer to appease the anger of God and call down His mercy, and Holy Mother Church, guided by the Holy Ghost, has always advocated the public prayer in times of public tragedy and suffering.”
The organization’s website lists contact people for other rosary prayer events across the nation.