(by Marie Relucio, FLiQ Media)
How do we love thee, Blessed Mother? We counted the ways – 2,000 of them.
Last May 29, the CFC FFL Young Ministries (SFL, YFL and KFL) led a day of prayer in honor of Mama Mary at the Restoration Hall of the Home Office. It was a prayer offering of 2,000 Hail Marys in preparation for the National Consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary that will happen on June 8, 2013.
The prayer activity started with a Holy Mass at 10:00 a.m. After Communion, everyone recited the Consecration Prayer to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. The rosary was prayed after the mass, before beginning the 2,000 Hail Marys. There were prayer leaders assigned, mostly fulltime workers from the Young Ministries, for every 100 Hail Marys. The activity ended at 6:30 p.m. by praying once again the rosary.
Every 100 Hail Marys was offered with a special prayer intention. Some of the intentions included prayers for peace, for conversion of sinners, for an end to abortion, for families, for priests, for vocations, for the sick and the suffering, for poor souls in purgatory, etc.
There was a very solemn atmosphere of prayer that day. There were prayer guides available so participants are aware of the general intention for that moment. People would come in and join and say the Hail Marys with their personal intentions too in mind. There were 100-bead ‘rosaries’ on hand too for use by those participating in the activity.
The idea of saying 2,000 Hail Marys started as a desire of some of the Young Ministries’ missionaries to honor our Blessed Mother in the Marian month of May. The 2,000 Hail Mary devotion is known to be a very powerful intercessory prayer, and the missionaries wanted to share this devotion to everyone.
What better way to honor our Blessed Mother than to spend a dedicated time to spiritually prepare as a community for the upcoming event of the National Consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. May this initiative encourage others to consciously make an effort to prepare for their individual consecration before the national consecration of our country on June 8.