The annual Rosary Rally will be held this Saturday, Oct. 16, at the Orofino City Park from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

This international event is taking place around the globe and people will join in praying for our families, communities, and countries everywhere. In this time of global distress and unrest, everyone is invited to join in a peaceful gathering.

This year marks the 104th anniversary of the apparitions at Fatima. The Public Square Rosary Rally, which is sponsored in the US by America Needs Fatima (ANF.org), is celebrating its 10th anniversary.

The development of the rosary has a long history. First a practice developed of praying 150 Our Fathers in imitation of the 150 Psalms. Then there was a parallel practice of praying 150 Hail Mary’s. Soon a mystery of Jesus’ life was attached to each Hail Mary. Though Mary’s giving of the rosary to Saint Dominic is recognized as a legend, the development of this prayer form owes much to the followers of Saint Dominic. One of them, Alan de la Roche, was known as “the apostle of the rosary.”

He founded the first Confraternity of the Rosary in the 15th century. In the 16th century, the rosary was developed to its present form—with the 15 mysteries: joyful, sorrowful, and glorious. In 2002, Pope John Paul II added the five Mysteries of Light to this devotion.

The purpose of the rosary is to help us meditate on the great mysteries of our salvation.

Social distancing and other safety procedures are suggested for all participants.

Everyone is welcome.

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