In recent months, Poland has been home to some of the most stunning Catholic images of public displays of faith.
The monthly men’s Rosary Rallies in cities such as Warsaw have attracted vast numbers of men and have given the Catholic world an image worthy of emulation, with men taking to the streets and kneeling in prayer.
Now, an impressive number of Irish men have taken part in the first such venture on these shores, with dozens of men praying publicly in Derry this past Saturday.
The men can be seen with Rosary beads in hand from the images of the event, with a statue of Our Lady of Fatima front and center. An interesting thing to note from the video is how striking it seems compared to their surrounding locality of shops and commercial outlets. Passers by are intrigued and taken in by the men’s devotion, something which has become an oft too forgotten part of Irish society in the 21st Century.
It is hoped that these events will become a regular occurrence and on the face of these images, it is hard not to see why. With so much of the Catholic faith now regulated to the private sphere and men in a small minority in most churches from one weekend to the next, to see an event like this is exactly the kind of impetus that is need to inspire as has been done so successfully in Poland and in other places.
Please pray for the continued success of the organisers and those who attended.