By Dorothy Cummings McLean
LA CROSSE, Wisconsin, July 4, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) — National Rosary organizers from around the world are joining forces to create a new “Holy League.”
There have been a number of “Holy Leagues” in history, national allies coming together to protect Christendom from its political enemies. Now, inspired by the mass rosary prayer events of recent months, the organizers of the American “Rosary Coast to Coast” have invited Catholics around the world to join them in a worldwide 54 day novena beginning at 4 PM (Eastern Time) on August 15, the Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, and culminating in a rosary on October 7, the Feast of the Most Holy Rosary.
“The formation of the New Holy League of Nations declares a united front in the worldwide spiritual battle, defending the dignity of the human person–life, marriage, family, as well as religious liberty,” organizers of Rosary Coast to Coast stated in a press release on Tuesday.
Unlike the Holy Leagues of old, this army will not be using blades, arrows, or cannons.
“This ‘declaration of war’ is ‘not against flesh and blood; but against principalities and power, against the rulers of the world of this darkness, against the spirits of wickedness in the high places.” (Ephesians 6:12),” Rosary Coast-to-Coast explained. “Together we are calling upon God, through the powerful intercession of Our Lady of the Rosary, to heal our countries and return them to Holiness.”
Every group that participates is asked to choose intentions specific to their nation.
Representatives from the national rosaries recently held in the UK, Ireland, and Australia, and a spokeswoman from Canada, have all confirmed with LifeSiteNews that their groups are participating in the New Holy League of Nations.
Jane Chifley of the “Oz [Australia] Rosary” wrote that Australia, which is 15 hours ahead of New York, will “light the match” by starting the novena first.
“Our [national] intentions for the world rosary will be family, rekindling of faith and continued Godly protection,” she stated.
The Oz Rosary, which was held on May 13, was a great success, taking place in over 252 locations. Organizers estimated that between 20,000 to 35,000 Australians took part.
Jennifer Paufler of Canada’s new “Rosary on the Coasts and Border for Life and Faith” group told LifeSiteNews that she had wanted her northern nation to pray the Rosary for Life and Faith ever since she read about the events in Poland, Italy, Ireland, and the United Kingdom. Paufler contacted a “Holy League” spokeswoman when she first read of the global rosary plans.
“We’re hoping to receive support from our Canadian Bishops, and we are currently waiting to hear back from them,” she wrote.
New Holy League of Nations organizers say that, in addition to the above nations, they have representatives in Poland, Lebanon, India, Mexico, Panama, and other countries in Central and South America.
Preparations are well underway with over 400 related events registered across the United States alone.