Knights of Columbus and their families around the world united under the intercession of Our Lady of Guadalupe to pray the Rosary of Guadalupan Love on Sept. 8, the Universal Day of Our Lady of Guadalupe.
“On Sept. 8, we prayed the rosary for Our Lady’s intercession for unity and peace,” said Supreme Knight Carl A. Anderson. “We prayed that the new evangelization will cause the Culture of Life to flourish on all continents and among all people, and that Our Lady of Guadalupe intercedes with her Son to guide our councils in their charitable work.”
The Rosary of Guadalupan Love was prayed in the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico City, Sept. 8 from 9-10 p.m. (ET). This special worldwide rosary was organized by the Knights of Columbus, the Archdiocese of Mexico City and the Institute of Guadalupan Studies in observance of the bicentennial of Mexico’s independence.
The event honored Our Lady of Guadalupe as the “Shield and the Patroness of Our Liberty” and as the Mother of the Civilization of Love.
The Rosary of Guadalupan Love is designed to connect the messages Our Lady of Guadalupe gave to St. Juan Diego with the seven sacraments of the Church and the Church as the sacrament of salvation.
“The message of Our Lady of Guadalupe is a message that reflects the great commandment of our Lord to love our neighbors as ourselves (Mt 22:39),” the supreme knight said. “It is a universal message of reconciliation, healing and unity. This event will unite in prayer all Knights and their families, and all dioceses of the Church throughout the world.”
The intention of the Rosary of Guadalupan Love is to celebrate Our Lady of Guadalupe’s role in uniting the hemisphere and her important role in building a Civilization of Love.
The worldwide appeal of Our Lady of Guadalupe is reflected in her many titles, including the Patroness of all America, the Patroness of Mexico, the Patroness of the Philippines, Patroness of the Unborn, Star of the New World, Star of the New Evangelization and Mother of the Civilization of Love.
When he took office as supreme knight in October, 2000, Carl Anderson dedicated his administration to Our Lady of Guadalupe, renewing devotion to her throughout the Order.
“Pope Benedict XVI has reminded us that through the love of Our Lady of Guadalupe we can hear and respond to the words of Christ: ‘Go therefore and make disciples of all nations’ (Mt 28:19),” Supreme Knight Anderson added.
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