Wednesday: Advent Rosary for Life at 7:45pm

On this Feast Day of St Andrew, please join us for our Advent Rosary for Life at 7:45pm.

This online event will conclude with a brief reflection from Fr John Deighan. Register at bit.ly/archrosary1

St Andrew, pray for us!

WATCH: Archbishop's reflection at Advent Rosary for Life

Archbishop Cushley gave a reflection at our Advent Rosary for Life last night (Tuesday 21st). Watch it below or on YouTube

Thanks to all who prayed the Rosary with us in Advent for unborn children, their mothers and all pro-life intentions.

Register here for our annual Mass for the Feast of the Holy Innocents, which takes place at St Margaret's Chapel, Gillis Centre, 100 Strathearn Road, Edinburgh, at midday on Tuesday 28 December.

 

 

EVENT: Archbishop to join Advent Rosary on Monday

Archbishop Cushley will join the Advent Rosary for Life on Monday evening on Zoom.  We will be praying for unborn children, their mothers and all pro-life intentions. Register now here.

WATCH: Archdiocese prays as part of National Rosary Rally

On this Eve of All Saints (31 Oct) join us for the National Rosary Relay Rally. Each diocese in Britain is invited to take an hour reciting the Rosary, the spiritual weapon of our times.

The Religious Sisters of Mercy (RSM) lead us in the Joyful Mysteries from St Margaret's Chapel, at the Gillis Centre in Edinburgh.

 

Watch on YouTube

Further details at: www.rosaryonthecoast.co.uk

SATURDAY: People across Archdiocese pray the Rosary

Archbishop Cushley is calling on Catholics across the Archdiocese to pray the Rosary at 1pm tomorrow (Saturday 31 October).

It's part of the National Rosary Relay Rally which sees dioceses across Britain praying in unity for "faith, life and peace."

We invite you to join the Religious Sisters of Mercy (RSM) who will lead us in the Joyful Mysteries from St Margaret's Chapel, at the Gillis Centre in Edinburgh, at 1pm. Watch on YouTube, Facebook or the News & Events section of this website.

Archbishop Cushley said: "I’m calling on Catholics across our Archdiocese to be united in prayer for the National Rosary Rally on Saturday 31 October. The Rosary is the spiritual weapon of our times and we place our prayers in the loving hands of Mary as we call on our Lord Jesus Christ for faith, life and peace.”

National organiser Antonia Moffat said: "More than ever we need to intercede for our Isles and for the conversion to Christ of our peoples and that they be protected from all danger, from all sickness and from all evil. Imagine the joy of the Blessed Mother when she sees the entire British Isles full of people imploring her powerful intercession!"

Further details at: www.rosaryonthecoast.co.uk

“I want you to know that in this kind of warfare, the battering ram has always been the Rosary.” St Dominic

Join us for the National Rosary Rally!

Archbishop Cushley is calling on Catholics across the Archdiocese to pray the Rosary at 1pm on Saturday 31 October.

It's part of the National Rosary Relay Rally which sees dioceses across Britain praying in unity for "faith, life and peace."

We invite you to join the Religious Sisters of Mercy (RSM) who will lead us in the Joyful Mysteries from St Margaret's Chapel, at the Gillis Centre in Edinburgh, at 1pm. Watch on YouTube, Facebook or the News & Events section of this website.

Archbishop Cushley said: "I’m calling on Catholics across our Archdiocese to be united in prayer for the National Rosary Rally on Saturday 31 October. The Rosary is the spiritual weapon of our times and we place our prayers in the loving hands of Mary as we call on our Lord Jesus Christ for faith, life and peace.”

National organiser Antonia Moffat said: "More than ever we need to intercede for our Isles and for the conversion to Christ of our peoples and that they be protected from all danger, from all sickness and from all evil. Imagine the joy of the Blessed Mother when she sees the entire British Isles full of people imploring her powerful intercession!"

Further details at: www.rosaryonthecoast.co.uk

“I want you to know that in this kind of warfare, the battering ram has always been the Rosary.” St Dominic

Take part in Rosary Rally this Sunday!

Archbishop Cushley is encouraging Catholics to take part in the National Rosary Relay Rally this Sunday at 1pm.

The event will see dioceses across Scotland, England and Wales allocated a 'Rosary hour' on Pentecost Sunday (31 May) to pray for a range of intentions, including deliverance from the coronavirus pandemic and the re-opening of Churches.

He said: "The Rosary Rally follows the Pope's request to pray the Rosary at home throughout May. Our diocese has been asked to pray a Rosary Hour at 1pm and I warmly invite you to take part."

Format

Each diocese is allocated a Rosary hour for people to pray the Rosary either individually, in families, as prayer groups, parish groups, and where possible online. It does not matter what time during the specified hour the rosary is prayed. Then on the hour the next diocese takes up the Rosary Relay Rally.

At 9pm Bishop John Keenan will stream Rosary & a final blessing from St Mirin’s Cathedral in Paisley. This will take place on his Facebook page.

Times (Scotland)

Prayer intentions of the National Rosary Rally

This includes the key intentions of deliverance from this current pandemic and for the opening of our Churches.

Our Lady, Queen of the most Holy Rosary, pray for us!

For more details visit the Rosary on the Coast website.

 

 

Pope's special prayers for month of May

The month of May is approaching and is traditionally dedicated to The Blessed Virgin Mary.

Pope Francis has called for us to pray the Rosary this month, along with two special prayers (see below).

He said: "I want to encourage everyone to rediscover the beauty of praying the Rosary at home in the month of May...I am also providing two prayers to Our Lady that you can recite at the end of the Rosary, and that I myself will pray in the month of May, in spiritual union with all of you."

The full text of Pope Francis' Letter for the Month of May, addressed to all the faithful throughout the world, and both prayers can be read below or here.

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Dear Brothers and Sisters,

The month of May is approaching, a time when the People of God express with particular intensity their love and devotion for the Blessed Virgin Mary. It is traditional in this month to pray the Rosary at home within the family. The restrictions of the pandemic have made us come to appreciate all the more this “family” aspect, also from a spiritual point of view.

For this reason, I want to encourage everyone to rediscover the beauty of praying the Rosary at home in the month of May. This can be done either as a group or individually; you can decide according to your own situations, making the most of both opportunities. The key to doing this is always simplicity, and it is easy also on the internet to find good models of prayers to follow.

I am also providing two prayers to Our Lady that you can recite at the end of the Rosary, and that I myself will pray in the month of May, in spiritual union with all of you. I include them with this letter so that they are available to everyone.

Dear brothers and sisters, contemplating the face of Christ with the heart of Mary our Mother will make us even more united as a spiritual family and will help us overcome this time of trial. I keep all of you in my prayers, especially those suffering most greatly, and I ask you, please, to pray for me. I thank you, and with great affection I send you my blessing.

Rome, Saint John Lateran, 25 April 2020
Feast of Saint Mark the Evangelist

Prayer 1

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Prayer 2

“We fly to your protection, O Holy Mother of God”.

In the present tragic situation, when the whole world is prey to suffering and anxiety, we fly to you, Mother of God and our Mother, and seek refuge under your protection.

Virgin Mary, turn your merciful eyes towards us amid this coronavirus pandemic. Comfort those who are distraught and mourn their loved ones who have died, and at times are buried in a way that grieves them deeply. Be close to those who are concerned for their loved ones who are sick and who, in order to prevent the spread of the disease, cannot be close to them. Fill with hope those who are troubled by the uncertainty of the future and the consequences for the economy and employment.

Mother of God and our Mother, pray for us to God, the Father of mercies, that this great suffering may end and that hope and peace may dawn anew. Plead with your divine Son, as you did at Cana, so that the families of the sick and the victims be comforted, and their hearts be opened to confidence and trust.

Protect those doctors, nurses, health workers and volunteers who are on the frontline of this emergency, and are risking their lives to save others. Support their heroic effort and grant them strength, generosity and continued health.

Be close to those who assist the sick night and day, and to priests who, in their pastoral concern and fidelity to the Gospel, are trying to help and support everyone.

Blessed Virgin, illumine the minds of men and women engaged in scientific research, that they may find effective solutions to overcome this virus.

Support national leaders, that with wisdom, solicitude and generosity they may come to the aid of those lacking the basic necessities of life and may devise social and economic solutions inspired by farsightedness and solidarity.

Mary Most Holy, stir our consciences, so that the enormous funds invested in developing and stockpiling arms will instead be spent on promoting effective research on how to prevent similar tragedies from occurring in the future.

Beloved Mother, help us realize that we are all members of one great family and to recognize the bond that unites us, so that, in a spirit of fraternity and solidarity, we can help to alleviate countless situations of poverty and need. Make us strong in faith, persevering in service, constant in prayer.

Mary, Consolation of the afflicted, embrace all your children in distress and pray that God will stretch out his all-powerful hand and free us from this terrible pandemic, so that life can serenely resume its normal course.

To you, who shine on our journey as a sign of salvation and hope, do we entrust ourselves, O Clement, O Loving, O Sweet Virgin Mary. Amen.

Pope calls on all Catholics to pray Rosary tonight

Tonight at 8pm, pray the Rosary.

Pope Francis has called on Catholics across the world to join in praying it at 9pm (8pm UK time) on the Solemnity of St Joseph as the world faces the Covid-19 pandemic.

Speaking yesterday he said: "Every family, every member of the faithful, every religious community: All of us spiritually united tomorrow (Thursday) at 9pm (8pm UK) in praying the Rosary, the Luminous Mysteries.

"Mary — Mother of God, and Health of the Sick, to whom we direct the Rosary, under the loving gaze of St. Joseph, Protector of the Holy Family, and our families — brings us to the luminous and transfigured Face of Christ and his Heart.

"And we ask that he especially protect our families, in particular the sick and those who care for them: doctors, nurses, and volunteers, who risk their lives in this service."

If you've not prayed the Rosary for a while click here for a refresher.