Catholics are being invited to head to the seaside and take part in the nationwide Rosary on the Coast day of prayer for faith, life and peace.
The event has been organised to pray for the revival of Christianity in the British Isles and is inspired by similar events in Poland and Ireland. Four venues have been confirmed within our diocese and the organisers hope more will sign up.
Bishop Terry is hoping Catholics in our diocese will turn out in numbers to support the initiative.
“The Rosary is such a rich prayer, so full of meaning and variety. In the mysteries themselves we can recall to mind the great events of salvation,” he said. “In the Hail Mary we are reminded of the moment the Word became flesh. We can also commend ourselves in our weakness and vulnerability to the intercession of our Blessed Lady. In the Glory be we praise the Blessed Trinity and in the Our Father we say the prayer that Our Saviour taught us himself.
“These are just some of the many reasons that I commend and encourage the Rosary on the Coast in the hope that many people from this diocese of Middlesbrough will join with their brothers and sisters throughout the British Isles in asking the intercession of our Blessed Lady for the grace to become once again her dowry, for the peace of our country and respect for life.”
Rosary on the Coast takes place on Sunday April 29 at 3pm.
Canon Eddie Gubbins will lead a gathering beside the lifeboat station in Foreshore Road, South Bay, Scarborough, while St Peter’s Church will be open for those unable to get to the beach.
In Redcar, the rosary will be said on the beach beside the cinema and in Saltburn, Knights of St Columba will lead the rosary in the grotto at Our Lady of Lourdes Church.
Father James Benfield, of the Sacred Heart Church, Hornsea, will lead prayers and Rosary on Hornsea promenade. Prayers start at 2.45pm with Rosary at 3pm on the promenade near the Hornsea Marine pub car park and the promenade toilets/cafe. No walking involved and seating is available for those who are not too good on their feet.
To participate, find a coastal location for prayer and submit it either via the website or email for inclusion on the map.