In this file photo, a woman holds a Rosary in the Crypt Church at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington. On May 30, Pope Francis will lead the world’s major shrines in reciting the Rosary to implore Mary’s intercession and protection amid the coronavirus pandemic. CNS photo/Tyler Orsburn
In this file photo, a woman holds a Rosary in the Crypt Church at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington. On May 30, Pope Francis will lead the world’s major shrines in reciting the Rosary to implore Mary’s intercession and protection amid the coronavirus pandemic. CNS photo/Tyler Orsburn
Devoted and with one accord to prayer, together with Mary” (Acts 1:14) will serve as the theme May 30 when Pope Francis leads the world’s major shrines in Rosary prayer to implore Mary's intercession and protection amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The Holy Father will join in prayer with the Marian shrines of the world, including the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington. He will pray at the replica of the Lourdes Grotto in the Vatican Gardens and be joined by several "men and women representing various categories of people particularly affected by the virus," according to a Vatican statement.

The prayer will be broadcast live 11:30 p.m. EST (5:30 p.m. in Rome time). In the Trenton Diocese, it will be broadcast on Domestic Church Radio, WFJS, 89.3 FM. It will be available for viewing in English on TrentonMonitor.com and diocesan social media sites as well as the Vatican YouTube Channel

"At the feet of Mary, the Holy Father will place the many troubles and sorrows of humanity, further worsened by the spread of COVID-19," said a statement released by the Pontifical Council for Promoting New Evangelization.

According to the statement, the prayer, which coincides with the end of the Marian month of May, "is another sign of closeness and consolation for those who, in different ways, have been struck by the coronavirus, in the certainty that the Heavenly Mother will not disregard the requests for protection."

Among those who will accompany the Pope in praying the Rosary will be a doctor and a nurse, a recovered patient as well as a person who lost a family member to COVID-19. Also taking part in the Rosary will be a hospital chaplain, a pharmacist, a journalist, a Civil Defense volunteer and his family and a family that welcomed a new baby, "a sign of hope and the victory of life over death," the pontifical council said.

This report includes information from Junno Arocho Esteves of the Catholic News Service.