LKC — RM/ 03/ 2021
My Dear Confreres,
OUR LADY OF THE HOLY ROSARY
The Holy Rosary is a beautiful Mari’ an prayer of an individual, community and a larger congregation. The entrustment of our congregation to our Blessed Mother and the daily renewal of our consecration is a fundamental requirement for us Salesians, “that we may become witnesses to the young of her Son’s boundless love” (C. 8). We Salesians are committed to the spirituality of the Holy Rosary. The uniqueness of the Salesian prayer is characterised by Marian piety and devotion. We pray with Her because she is “a model of prayer and pastoral love, the teacher of wisdom and guide of our family” (C. 92). “We develop a strong filial devotion to her. We recite the Rosary each day and celebrate her feasts to encourage a more convinced and personal imitation” (C. 92).
Imagine the widespread Marian rallies, miraculous healing taking place in Marian temples, apparitions, and prayer gatherings attracting hundreds and thousands of young people, old, sick and the pilgrims all around the World by our Blessed Mother. In the journey faith of every Christian, the recitation of the Holy Rosary and the singing of the Magnificat echo the memory of the angelic voice of God “Hail! Mary full of grace” (Lk. 1, 28). In the teachings of the Church, the place and the dignity of the Holy Rosary is elevated to a “Sacramental” prayer throughout the World in all languages and art. Thus, the Holy Rosary becomes a rainbow of faith and piety, contemplative in its very essence, dear to all the saints and holy souls.
The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Sri Lanka has launched a special Marian Virtual Pilgrimage from Matara to Madhu Shrines this year. To save the country from the disturbance of the Covid Pandemic and other sufferings. I request all the Salesian houses to participate in this event with your communities and boys actively and promote Marian piety and intercession. Please note some of the essential pilgrim appointments in various dioceses and Marian shrines of the country: 02nd at Matara, 07th at Galle, 09th at Thewaththa, 1 lth at Negombo Grand Street, 12th Kandy, 23rd Thalavila, 24th Chilaw, 27th Jaffna, and 30th Madhu. You can follow these events via Verbum TV, Radio Seth and other online platforms. The Rosary unites us as one family, pray every evening between 7 and 8 pm wherever you are.