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Friends separated by border closures turn to Rosary to pray for end to COVID

Rosary: During the crusade, the first 27 days will be praying for an end to the pandemic and the second 27 days will be a time of giving thanks.

TWO friends, one in Sydney and one in Melbourne, have initiated a National Rosary Crusade to pray for an end to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Michelle Komadina, in Melbourne, and Monica Guy, in Sydney, are inviting Catholics around Australia to pray the Rosary for 54 days, starting on the feast of the Assumption, August 15, and finishing on the feast of the Holy Rosary, October 7.

This follows the lead of the Australian Catholic bishops who entrusted Australia at this time to the care of the nation’s patron Mary Help of Christians on the feast of Our Lady Help of Christians on May 24.

During the crusade, the first 27 days will be praying for an end to the pandemic and the second 27 days will be a time of giving thanks.

“We’re spreading it around everywhere so that, if everybody in Australia joins in praying the Rosary to Our Lady Help of Christians, I’m quite sure that, being our patroness, she’ll answer our prayers and help the situation,” Ms Guy said.

The crusade organisers have suggested the bishops’ prayer asking for Our Lady’s protection be prayed during the crusade.

“Let us continue to implore the help of our Mother who was entrusted to care for us so that Australian lives will be protected and our livelihoods restored with borders and businesses reopened,” they said.

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