Celebrate Mary, the Newness of Spring and the Beatification of Pope John Paul II

By: Mariann Hughes, Office of Communications

We not only follow day planners and weekly routines, but also, as Catholics, a liturgical cycle of feasts, worship, celebration, repentance and reflection.  A Christian-Catholic lives not only in the physical world, but also in a world where spiritual experiences intersect with day-to-day life.

One such example is the Diocese of Arlington’s Adoration and Global Living Rosary event on May 1 at 5 p.m. at Pope John Paul the Great High School, Dumfries, one of three lead-up events to our biennial pilgrimage. This outdoor event blends the newness of the springtime with a tribute to Our Blessed Mother, along with a celebration of the beatification of Pope John Paul II, which occurs on that day.

Schedule of Events

  • 5 p.m. Praise and Worship with Marie Miller
  • 6 p.m. Eucharistic Procession and Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament (led by Bishop Paul S. Loverde)
  • Proclamation of the Gospel of John 6:22‐40, Bread of Life Discourse (Deacon J. Paul Ochenkowski)
  •  Homily on “The Real Presence of Jesus in the Eucharist” (Bishop Loverde)
  •  Talk on the 2011 Diocesan Pilgrimage, Oct. 8, “Eucharistic Adoration and Praying Daily the Family Rosary” (Father Jim Kelleher, Society of Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity)
  • Recitation of the Holy Rosary by students and children in various languages
  • 7:15 p.m. Benediction

The month of May is significant to many – it is the height of spring, a fresh and new time.  It is also a month dedicated to motherhood and, in a spiritual way, to the Blessed Virgin Mary.

Another Church-and-May milestone is the upcoming beatification of Pope John Paul II. How fitting that the pontiff who had such a deep and abiding devotion to Our Blessed Mother will be elevated a step closer to sainthood during her month!

Pope John Paul II’s writings reflect his love for Mary and, in particular, display his devotion to praying the Rosary. Just like the flowers we bring or send home to Mom are precious and heartwarming to her, so is the lifting up of the Rosary to our Mother Mary. Read here about how you can make one of these spiritual bouquets for Mary in preparation for the diocesan pilgrimage!

” The Rosary of the Virgin Mary … is a prayer loved by countless Saints and encouraged by the Magisterium. Simple yet profound, it still remains, at the dawn of this third millennium, a prayer of great significance, destined to bring forth a harvest of holiness. It blends easily into the spiritual journey of the Christian life, which, after two thousand years, has lost none of the freshness of its beginnings and feels drawn by the Spirit of God to ‘set out into the deep’…” (Pope John Paul II, Apostolic Letter Rosarium Virginis Mariae, October 16, 2002.)

Bring family and friends to honor Our Blessed Mother at the diocesan school dedicated to our beloved, soon-to-be beatified pontiff under the uniting love of the Most Holy Eucharist!

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