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Taking Rosary to city streets


Hundreds of people praying the Rosary as they walk together along the streets of the city will be a feature of this month’s Marian Procession.

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For the first time the procession will be held in the heart of the city, starting at the Pioneer Women’s Memorial Garden and proceeding along King William Street to Victoria Square for a prayer service.

To be held on May 21, the procession will celebrate the Feast of the Visitation, keeping with the focus of the 2023 World Youth Day being held in Lisbon, Portugal in August.

Organisers said in the lead up to the event there had been a focus on supporting young people to learn how to pray the Rosary and be part of the procession.

“We have really encouraged schools and parishes to actively support their communities of young people in learning how to pray the Rosary and come along to the procession with their families/communities and see a large rosary in action,” said Archdiocesan Events manager, Belinda Fusco.

“A small handheld ‘How to Pray the Rosary’ resource has been sent out across the Archdiocese which allows those who might not be as familiar with the prayers to have it in their hands as we walk along.

“The Rosary will also be prayed simultaneously in Victoria Square so that those who cannot process do not miss out on praying as a wider community.”

Ms Fusco said there had been a lot of “positive and encouraging support” for the change of location.

While thousands of Catholics processed through the city to Elder Park as part of the Marian Congress held in Adelaide in 1951, this was not a standalone event and thus this year’s procession is considered the first to be held in the heart of the city.

Groups to assemble at 1.30pm in the Pioneer Women’s Memorial Garden for a 2pm start. People wishing to volunteer should contact or phone 8210 8220 by May 12.


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