The president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has called for a "moment of prayer" to unite Catholics across the country at a time when there is "much unrest and uncertainty" in the United States.
To that end, the USCCB will host a virtual rosary event Oct. 7, which is the feast of Our Lady of the Rosary.
Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., invited faithful in the Diocese of Trenton to take part, saying, “Please join the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, priests, deacons, religious and Catholics across the country in praying a virtual Rosary in a moment of unified prayer for America. We pause in a moment of prayer for America at this time when there is so much unrest and uncertainty. We ask Our Lady to lead us to her son Jesus, the Prince of Peace.”
Archbishop José H. Gomez of Los Angeles, who is the USCCB's president, invited several bishops, representing the various geographical regions of the United States, to pray a part of the rosary.
The event will premiere on the USCCB's YouTube channel and its Facebook page at 3 p.m. Eastern time (12 p.m. Pacific time) on Oct. 7.
"The faithful are encouraged to join in this prayerful moment of unity for our country, to seek healing and to ask Our Lady, on her feast, to pray for us and help lead us to Jesus," the USCCB release said.
Catholics are "encouraged to share where they are praying from, to post a photo of their rosary and to leave a prayer intention for our country," it said.
The USCCB will be using the hashtag #RosaryForAmerica on its social media. Social media graphics in both English and Spanish can be downloaded from the USCCB's web page: https://www.usccb.org/rosary-america.