Bishop Alfred Schlert was among several bishops across the country asked to help create a nationwide video event called “Rosary for America” on Wednesday, the feast day of Our Lady of the Rosary.
Produced by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, and hosted by Archbishop Jose Gomez of Los Angeles, the conference’s president, it was, Bishop Gomez said, “a gathering of people of faith to pray for our nation.”
The 30-minute video Rosary is beautifully done, and is available for viewing and prayer on the Conference’s YouTube channel.
On the video Bishop Schlert prayed the “First Glorious Mystery: The Resurrection of Our Lord” from the Cathedral of St. Catharine of Siena, Allentown.
“I’m honored to represent our Diocese and the greater region in this important project to help unite Catholics across the country,” said Bishop Schlert.
The Bishop’s Conference will be using the hashtag #RosaryForAmerica on its social media, and asked the faithful to post a photo of their Rosary and leave a prayer intention for our country.
Tradition holds that October has been celebrated as the Month of the Rosary after the victory of Christian forces over the forces of the Ottoman Empire. Prior to the ships sailing off toward battle, Pope Pius V prayed the Rosary asking for the Blessed Mother’s intercession for victory.
The feast of Our Lady of the Rosary was established by Pope Pius V in 1572. It has also been known as Feast of the Holy Rosary and Our Lady of Victory.
Information on “How to Pray the Rosary” is available at https://www.usccb.org/how-to-pray-the-Rosary.