Diocese of

Hexham and Newcastle

Bishop Robert Byrne CO

Marathon of Prayer – May 2021


Pope Francis encourages and invites the Universal Church to pray the Rosary during May.

At the heart of the Holy Father’s wish, the month of May will be dedicated to a marathon of prayer from the theme “From the whole Church the prayer to God went up incessantly” (Acts 12:5). The initiative will involve in a special way all the Sanctuaries of the world, so that they become promoters to the faithful, families and communities of the recitation of the Rosary to invoke the end of the pandemic.

Thirty representative shrines, scattered all over the world, will guide the Marian prayer, which will be broadcast live on the official channels of the Holy See at 18.00 (Rome time – 17.00 BST) every day.

Pope Francis will open this great prayer on May 1st and end it on May 31st.

Press release from the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of the New Evangelisation (21 April 2021)

The Diocese of Hexham & Newcastle welcomes Pope Francis’ invitation to Catholics and 30 Marian Shrines around the world, including the Shrine at Walsingham, to dedicate the month of May to a marathon of prayer for an end to the Covid-19 pandemic.

The Catholic National Shrine of Our Lady at Walsingham has been selected to start the month of prayer on Saturday 1 May. Shrine Rector Mgr. Philip Moger and the Shrine Team will be praying. The event will start with an address of the Holy Father and liturgical programme in Rome at 5.00pm UK time. The Rosary from Walsingham will be streamed around 6.00pm.

The recitation of the Rosary will be live streamed from Walsingham to the Vatican Television Centre, so that Pope Francis can join in live. The Walsingham Intention is for those who have died from the pandemic across the world.

The broadcast will be supported by EWTN and is best watched through the Shrine’s Facebook Page or YouTube Walsingham Catholic TV.

Rosary Stronghold Mission with the Holy Family

(The Catholic National Shrine and Basilica of Our Lady)

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For the May Rosary Mission 2021, we invite the peoples of the Dioceses of England, Wales and Scotland to pray the Rosary for the following intentions:

  1. Protecting our families and the family of nations, especially in this Year of St Joseph.

  2. A deepening of faith, hope and love and the protection of life.

  3. Peace in the world.

  4. Deliverance from Coronavirus; for those working for a cure; for those who have died; for those who are suffering and those who care for them.

We warmly invite you to encourage this Rosary Mission in the light of the Rededication of England as the Dowry of Mary, which took place on 29 March 2020 amidst the terrifying beginnings of the Corona Virus pandemic. We renew the Dedication again each time we host a Mission in honour of Our Lady of the Rosary and extend the call for Our Lady’s Protection and Queenship over the entire world.

Each night at 8.00pm there will be the foundational Rosary – to Jesus through Mary led from a different Parish/Shrine. This will lead into three important National Days of Prayer:

  1. Monday 24 May – Feast of Mary, Mother of the Church: We invite a Rosary Day of Prayer to pray for our young people – to pray and intercede for the Mission and Intentions of our Schools, Youth Associations/Groups/Projects, our Young People and for Families.

  2. Sunday 30 May – Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity: We will host a National Rosary Relay Rally throughout the Dioceses of England, Wales and Scotland. Once again we invite the Bishops, Priests and lay faithful of each Diocese to note their particular Rosary Hour and to encourage the parishes and peoples of the Diocese to unite around their Bishop in intercession for the Rosary Mission intentions and for the needs of their particular Diocese.

  3. Monday 31 May – Feast of the Visitation: Bishop John Keenan will host a Crowning Rosary online at 8.00pm, in thanksgiving for the graces received from the Lord Jesus through the powerful intercession of Our Lady of the Rosary during the May 2021 Rosary Mission.

Praying the Rosary Mysteries: Medicine for the Heart

View or download this leaflet and pray the Mysteries of the Rosary during May.

Find a quiet space and begin to pray.

  • Look at the cross: “Yes, God loved the world so much that he gave his only son.” John 3: 16.

  • On the large beads pray “Our Father…”

  • On the ten smaller beads pray “Hail Mary…”

  • Then pray “Glory be…” This is called a decade of the rosary.

  • Whilst you pray the decade, reflect on God’s love.

  • Begin, pray and reflect on the Mysteries of the Rosary in the attached leaflet.

Rosary on the Coast

Further information of events, links to the live streaming of the daily Rosary and other resources can be found on the Rosary on the Coast website.