Update: Ireland’s ‘Rosary On the Coast for Life and Faith’

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by David Nussman  •  ChurchMilitant.com  •  November 15, 2017   

Prayer initiative at over 100 locations on Nov. 26

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DETROIT (ChurchMilitant.com) - A list of new locations are now available to Catholics in Ireland who wish to take part in the initiative to restore the Faith in their country.

The prayer initative is called Rosary on the Coast for Life and Faith. At over 100 locations throughout Ireland, faithful Catholics will gather on Sunday, November 26, the Feast of Christ the King. 

"Ireland's faithful are turning out in great numbers to pray for a great restoration of the Faith, especially among the youth and to pray for protection for our unborn babies in Ireland, North and South," states the website.

 

The Republic of Ireland and U.K. member-state Northern Ireland have some of the strongest pro-life laws in the world. But politicians from Britain and around the globe are tempting the Irish to embrace unfettered abortion. For instance, owing to a series of U.K. political maneuvers this summer, women from Northern Ireland can get abortions free of charge at abortuaries in England, Wales or Scotland

In October, Church Militant communicated with one of the organizers of the national Rosary rally. She told us about the desperate state of affairs for the Church in Ireland: "There has been a tourniquet on Ireland that has stopped the transmission of the Faith since the 1960s. I have lived here since 1970. I watched it happen. Teaching the Faith ended in the school (which the parents relied on)." 

An analysis of 2016 census data from the Republic of Ireland revealed that Catholicism is declining rapidly in the country. From 2011–2016, the number of young people with no religious affiliation grew by a whopping 74 percent. While some non-Catholic religions are growing slowly in Ireland, "no religion" is by far the fastest-growing belief system. 

In 2011, Church Militant's own Michael Voris was in Ireland and filmed several episodes of The Vortex there. In one episode, he asked young people on the streets about their religion. His findings confirmed what the Rosary organizer told us, as almost none of the people he talked to went to Mass every Sunday. One young woman he spoke with declared, "We believe what we want to believe." 


 

Ireland is home to several heretical organizations such as We Are Church Ireland (WACI) and Association of Catholic Priests (ACP). Unsurprisingly, WACI and ACP often work together to coordinate "gay pride" Masses in parishes throughout Ireland. The two groups support same-sex "marriage" and dream of female priests. 

Rosary on the Coast for Life and Faith has been in the works for about a month now. There were originally two separate groups trying to organize a national Rosary day. One was planned for November 26 and the other was planned for the Feast of the Immaculate Conception on December 8. When the two coalitions heard of each other, they got in touch and opted to merge into a single effort. 

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Mural of St. Patrick in Christ the King Cathedral, Mullingar

The Feast of Christ the King has special significance for Ireland. Indeed, Ireland boasts of having the first cathedral in the world consecrated to Christ the King. At the request of Pope Pius XI, the Cathedral of Christ the King was built in the city of Mullingar and consecrated in 1939. 

The Rosary rally's leaders ask the priests and bishops of Ireland to lead the Rosary in the churches and cathedrals. They write to clergy, "We ask you to lead the Rosary and at 3 p.m. to lead the [Divine] Mercy Chaplet or other mercy prayer and the prayers of consecration to Christ the King and to the Immaculate Heart of Mary." 

Some of the Rosary locales on the event's website mention that Mass will be offered prior to the Rosary. 

Organizers ask participants to plant a Miraculous Medal in the ground at the coastal spot where they pray. They consider it a way of asking Our Lady to protect the island through her powerful intercession. 

 

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