The annual Rosary Procession will take place Oct. 12 at 10 a.m., starting at Orofino City Park. The parishioners of St. Theresa of the Little Flower invite you to join us. We will pray for all those living with suffering, in gratitude for all our blessings, for our families, for future generations and for our beautiful country. We will reflect on the life of Christ from his birth to his mission and his painful death and glorious resurrection.

The Rosary is an often misunderstood prayer. It is more than a series of memorized prayers. The Apostles Creed references God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. The Our Father is the prayer that Jesus taught his disciples. The Hail Mary is based on the words the Angel Gabriel said to Mary when he gave her God’s message, followed by the words that Mary’s cousin, Elizabeth said when she went to visit her. It ends with our intercessory request that she pray for us.

Correctly done it is forty short meditations on the life of Christ and allows us to contemplate His place in our life. The Rosary, externally, is a powerful weapon to battle the evil of this world and internally brings peace.

The Rosary was instrumental in the 1571 Battle of Lepanto just outside of Greece. The Christian fleet was surrounded and vastly outnumbered by the Ottoman Turks. The sailors prayed the Rosary as did their families at home. During the battle a mysterious wind came and broke up the Muslim fleet and that changed the course of the battle and the Christians won.

Private prayer is strong but public prayer is stronger. Please come and join us in this community prayer to heal our hearts, our families and our environment. The procession will entail walking the streets of Orofino but there will be an option to stay at the park.

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