Pope Francis recently inaugurated a “Rosary Relay” or “Marathon of Prayer” for an end to the COVID-19 pandemic.
In a press release, the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of the New Evangelization explains that “in response to the Holy Father’s heartfelt wish, the month of May will be dedicated to a ‘marathon’ of prayer, to ask for the end of the pandemic, which has afflicted the world for more than a year now, and to ask for the resumption of social and work activities.”
To help you to pray the Rosary you can download the Crisis and Health Rosary provided by the Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network or download the free Click to Pray eRosary App clicktoprayerosary.org.
Below is the full calendar of the Rosary Relay and the shrines that are participating.
Information about each of these shrines can be found on the Aleteia website.
Rosary Marathon Calendar – May 2021
Saint Peter’s (Vatican): Prayer for wounded humanity led by the Pope.
Our Lady of Walsingham (England): Prayer for the deceased.
Jesus the Savior and Mother Mary Sanctuary (Nigeria): Prayer for those who could not say goodbye to their loved ones.
Czestochowa Shrine (Poland): Prayer for the sick.
Basilica of the Annunciation (Holy Land): Prayer for pregnant women.
Sanctuary of Our Lady of the Rosary (South Korea): Prayer for children and adolescents.
Our Lady of Aparecida (Brazil): Prayer for young people.
National Shrine of Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage, also known as the Antipolo Cathedral (Philippines): Prayer for families.
Our Lady of Luján (Argentina): Prayer for people involved in communication.
Our Lady of Loreto (Italy): Prayer for the elderly.
Our Lady of Knock (Ireland): Prayer for people with disabilities
Notre-Dame de Banneux (Belgium): Prayer for the poor and people in economic difficulty.
Notre-Dame d’Afrique (Algeria): Prayer for lonely people who have lost hope
Shrine of the Blessed Virgin of the Holy Rosary (Portugal): Prayer for prisoners.
Our Lady of Health (India): Prayer for scientists and medical research institutes.
Mary Queen of Peace (Bosnia and Herzegovina): Prayer for migrants.
St. Mary’s Cathedral (Sydney, Australia): Prayer for victims of violence and trafficking.
Basilica of the Immaculate Conception (Washington, D.C., United States): Prayer for those responsible for international organizations.
Notre-Dame de Lourdes (Paris, France): Prayer for nurses and doctors.
Shrine of the House of the Virgin (Meryem Ana, Turkey): Prayer for people at war and peace in the world
Our Lady of Charity of Cobre (Cuba): Prayer for pharmacists and health personnel.
May 21st :
Our Lady of Nagasaki (Japan): Prayer for social workers.
Our Lady of Montserrat (Spain): Prayer for volunteers.
Our Lady of the Cape (Canada): Prayer for law enforcement, military and firefighters.
To be determined
Prayer for those who guarantee essential services.
Ta’Pinu National Shrine (Malta): Prayer for teachers, students, and educators.
Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe (Mexico): Prayer for workers and entrepreneurs.
Mother of God Pochaevskaya (Urkraine): Prayer for unemployed people.
Shrine of Our Lady of Altötting (Germany): Prayer for bishops, priests and deacons
Our Lady of Lebanon (Lebanon) Prayer for consecrated persons
Virgin of the Holy Rosary of Pompei (Italy): Prayer for the Church
Vatican Gardens (Vatican): Prayer for the end of the pandemic and the return to work