A church in Greenwich, Connecticut has invited its faithful to pray the Rosary together for the victims of the coronavirus in an effort to bring peace to a world full of panic and anxiety.
Organizer Mikel Amigot, a Greenwich resident, hopes the idea will catch on regionally, nationally and internationally. He said it is the first in a series of Rosaries dedicated to the spread of coronavirus nationwide. “It’s a simple initiative,” Amigot said. “We don’t know the reach yet. We just want to see what happens.”
The Rosary is a Scripture-based prayer practiced by some Roman Catholics, who use a string of beads to count the prayers. During the recitation of each set, thought is given to one of the Mysteries of the Rosary, which recall events in the lives of Jesus and Mary. Five decades are recited per Rosary. The repetition in the Rosary is meant to lead one into restful and contemplative prayer, according to the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.
Sister Lucia dos Santos once said that there is no problem, no matter how difficult it is, that cannot be solved by the Rosary. “Because of the moment, with all this craziness, the panic and anxiety, when things look like they cannot be solved, we say, as Sister Lucia said, the Rosary is the solution,” Amigot said. “We invoke the Virgin Mary, and we’ll see what happens.”