The Archdiocese of Baltimore is presenting its fifth-annual Rosary Congress Oct. 2-8 as a way of encouraging people to pray for peace, grow in faith and develop a deeper relationship with Christ.
In this Year of St. Joseph, the theme for the 2021 Rosary Congress is “In the arms of St. Joseph.”
The event commemorates the 104th anniversary of the Blessed Virgin Mary’s appearance to three small shepherd children in Fatima, Portugal. Mary promised that if the world would repent, follow Christ and pray the rosary daily, peace would follow.
New this year, the Rosary Congress will kick off with a 4.7-mile walking pilgrimage from the Cathedral of Mary Our Queen in Homeland to the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Baltimore. Participants will gather Oct. 2 at 7:30 a.m. at the cathedral and begin the walk following an opening prayer. The Rosary Congress will then open with a 10 a.m. Mass at the Baltimore Basilica.
The basilica will offer Masses, spiritual talks, opportunities for confession and perpetual adoration of the Blessed Sacrament throughout the week. Several other parishes will also offer special events and adoration throughout the week. The rosary will be prayed every hour on the hour.
“I believe it is through this kind of prayer that we will change our city, our world and our Church,” said Father James Boric, rector of the basilica.