Up to 15 locations in the Diocese of East Anglia are set to join in including the pier and ferry in Felixstowe, the ruins of Greyfriars Priory at Dunwich, the beach at Wells-next-the-sea, the ruins of St Edmund’s Chapel on the cliff at Hunstanton and a number of Catholic churches in coastal locations.
England co-ordinator Antonia Moffat, said: “Recently the faithful of Poland and Ireland have responded to what they sense as a movement of the Holy Spirit to gather around the coasts of their nations and pray to Jesus, the Divine Mercy, for a renewal of faith and respect for human life through the powerful intercession of Our Lady of the Rosary.”
“Having witnessed this, a number of the lay faithful in the British Isles – England, Scotland, Wales and their isles – have felt the same inspiration and urge to respond. We are now calling on our brothers and sisters to join this day of Pilgrimage and Prayer for the re-flourishing of our faith, for the grace to build a culture of life and for true peace to reign in the hearts of all peoples and nations.”
Bishop Alan Hopes has lent his support: “I commend wholeheartedly the national prayer initiative Rosary on the Coast. Our parishes are encouraged to make their way to a location on the coast, and to say the Rosary in union with Catholics around our country’s shores, for three purposes: the renewal of the faith in this Dowry of Mary, a greater recognition in our culture of the sanctity of human life from conception until natural death, and finally for peace for our country and the world, in a time of great instability.
“Mary has always been for us the source of our hope and the cause of our joy, for it is from her that we received the Saviour, the Light of the World, whom the darkness cannot overcome.
“I hope a great many of you will have the opportunity to take part in this timely initiative, to prove the truth of that promise Our Lord once made: ‘Where two or three are gathered in my name, there I am in their midst’
A number of locations have already been organised to join the event across the Diocese of East Anglia. Click here for a map with full up-to-date details. They include:
King’s Lynn: The Parish Church of Our Lady of the Annunciation. London Road. To be led by Peter Martin- Provincial Grand Knight of Province no.27.
Wells-next-the-Sea:At the beach near the Lifeboat Watch Station, from the National Shrine of Our Lady Walsingham Rosary led by Mgr John Armitage.
Cromer & Sheringham: led by Fr Denys Lloyd. They are hoping to have groups of parishioners saying the rosary at both Cromer and Sheringham – some on the beach, some in church. At St Joseph’s Church, Sheringham and Our Lady of Refuge, Cromer
Sea Palling: The students of UEA Catholic Society will be praying the Rosary at 12 Beach Rd, Sea Palling beach.
Great Yarmouth: Led by Brian Lafferty KSC at St Mary’s Church Regent Road Great Yarmouth NR30 2AJ.
Felixstowe: Led by the Parish and local NACF families. Meeting at Felixstowe pier at 2.45pm.
Felixstowe: Also at Felixstowe Ferry. Either go to Felixstowe Ferry direct in time for the Rosary at 3pm, which will be said immediately adjacent to the jetty from which the ferry is boarded. Or assemble at 2.30pm on Cliff Road (on the approach to Felixstowe Ferry) at the bottom of a side road called “The Pines”, next to a block of public toilets. From there a group will walk along the coast to Felixstowe Ferry, a walk which will take approximately 25 minutes. After the Rosary, a nearby cafe is available for teas.
Hunstanton: Ruins of St Edmund’s Chapel led by Fr Peter Rollings
Bacton: Led by St Boniface/Our Lady’s/St George’s R C Churches, Norwich. Starting at the Poacher’s Pocket car park at 2.45pm for 3pm start, Bacton and walking towards Walcot as we pray the Rosary.
Happisburgh: At Cart Gap Beach, Cart Gap Rd, Norwich NR12 0QL. The Rosary will be led by Elaine Haughton along with other members of the Sacred Heart Parish in Aylsham and Hoveton. We will aim to arrive at 2.30 for a 3pm start. Please bring a folding chair.
Aldeburgh: Led by Fr Tony Rogers at Our Lady and St Peter Church, The Terrace, Aldeburgh, 1P15 5HJ. The Rosary will begin at 3pm in the church then, weather permitting, go down the Town Steps to the Moot Hall and then on to the beach.
Dunwich: At the remains of Greyfriars Priory. Led by Dominican friars from Cambridge Our Lady and the English Martyrs, Cambridge. The priory is a five-minute walk from the (free) Dunwich Beach car park, along Beach Road and Monastery Hill.
Cardinal Vincent Nichols has given his encouragement and there is a powerful rallying video by Bishop John Keenan.
More details can be found on the website: www.rosaryonthecoast.co.uk
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