May in the Jubilee of Mercy                  20080308_108

Archbishop Eamon wrote recently

In my Pastoral Message for the Year of Mercy, I indicated my wish for schools throughout the diocese to participate in a Rosary Crusade; this initiative has grown into the Rosary Relay. My vision is to unite the pupils of the Archdiocese of Armagh in prayer during the month of May in this Jubilee Year of Mercy.

My intention is for the young people across the Archdiocese, in their classrooms, to pray together a decade of the Rosary at 12 noon each day during the month of May.  The aim of this Rosary Relay is to engage the pupils and staff in the mysteries of our faith and to be part of what Pope Francis has described as an ‘extraordinary moment of grace and spiritual renewal’ in this Year of Mercy.

To assist schools, rosary resources will be available on the diocesan website at  I am grateful to Méabh Carlin and Hannah McCauley, who, along with the expertise of iCatholic, have produced professional, child-friendly, engaging and spiritual videos of the Mysteries of the Rosary.

The schools of the diocese were contacted in February and invited to participate in the Rosary Relay during May.  I am delighted with the response from our schools; to date we have despatched 19,000 rosaries as well as 19,000 rosary prayer cards in readiness for 1 May. Many children will also bring their own rosaries into school.

To support the praying of the rosary see some resources attached to download for use with classes.

How to pray Rosary

Prayers of the Rosary