An impressive and very contemplative, virtual first
Montreal, October 20, 2020—Sunday, October 18, 1:01 p.m. —All across Canada, participants gathered together virtually to pray. In a very contemplative and joyful atmosphere, some thirty people—including families—participated in the One Million Children Praying the Rosary event organized by the international charity Aid to the Church in Need (ACN).
“We are very happy with this first virtual event,” explains Marie-Claude Lalonde, ACN’s National Director in Canada. “At least 3,000 Canadians registered for the international event, and of that number, about 30 people joined this veritable virtual chapel.”
According to her, the formula will surely be on the program next year. “Of course, the challenge at the pan-Canadian level is to get everyone together at the same time and pray in both English and French. Sunday’s experience showed us that it works very well!”
Begun in 2005 in Caracas, Venezuela—and taken on by ACN over the past two years—this prayer campaign specially prepared for children was this year dedicated to the victims of COVID-19. “Times are heavy for so many people who have lost a family member or their job. More than ever, prayer—a very concrete action for Christians—is a way to give strength and to better focus on what is truly important,” explains Ms. Lalonde. “The rosary is one of those great prayers that will never grow old. We plan to repeat the experience next year, with even more people, and if possible, with face-to-face activities, of course.”
The Rosary on the Radio
Elsewhere around the world, more than 500,000 people confirmed their participation in the event on the website created especially for the event. However, on Friday and Saturday, technical difficulties prevented interested Internet users from registering. So, were there one million children? “The intention is there, and next year we will have it! ‘laughs Ms. Lalonde. And why a million? Padre Pio is credited with this sentence: “If a million children pray the rosary, the world will change.’ That’s why we chose the number one million,” says Lalonde.
In addition, on Friday, October 16, Radio VM’s Rosary Prayers, which meet from Monday to Friday at Notre-Dame-de-Lourdes Chapel in Montreal, highlighted the One Million Children Campaign. Finally, during the Angelus on Sunday, October 11th, Pope Francis, for the first time in the history of this prayer campaign, invited people to participate.