Denver Newsroom, Oct 7, 2020 / 15:09 pm
Archbishop Jose Gomez of Los Angeles, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), led a ‘virtual rosary’ Wednesday with several other bishops, asking Mary to intercede for the United States.
Twelve U.S. bishops prayed the glorious mysteries on Oct. 7, the feast of Our Lady of the Rosary, live on the USCCB’s Facebook and YouTube pages.
The bishops called on Mary to intercede for the country, particularly in the face of current events including the COVID-19 pandemic, violent riots and unrest, and the upcoming presidential election. In the video, Bishop Gregory Mansour of Brooklyn offered some of the bishops’ intentions and ended the rosary by singing a small Marian hymn.
“We pray, oh Lord ... keep away from the earth and its people the devastation of wrath, dangers, dissension, war, famine, and epidemics. Have compassion on us, heal the sick, help the poor, save the oppressed, grant rest to the faithful...who have left us and gone to you,” he said.
Speaking from the Los Angeles Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels, Gomez began the rosary by stressing the importance of joining in prayer together. He expressed hope that the Blessed Mother would help America fulfill its mission of offering “equality, liberty, and justice for all.”
“Welcome brothers and sisters,” he said. “This is truly a historic moment. Today, we are gathered as one people of faith to pray for our nation.”
“We are the missionaries of this time and place, called to bring the good news to the people of our country today. So we offer this rosary for America. We ask Mary to look upon our nation with her mother's eyes. We ask her to intercede for this great nation,” he said.