[dropcap]A[/dropcap]bout 40 children, parents, the Poor Sisters of St Clare and other members of the Lamma Island Catholic community participated in a memorable Children’s Rosary Rally at the Our Lady of Lourdes Kindergarten on October 13, 2012.
Kids in Lamma prayed in fellowship with other children in Tsuen Wan, Tseung Kwan O and other parts of the world fulfilling a global tradition that began in 1998 at the residence of the late Manila Archbishop Jaime L. Cardinal Sin. Held all over the world every year in October, the month of Our Lady of the Rosary, this year’s theme is “Mary in the New Evangelization.”
The Couples for Christ Foundation for Family and Life (CFC-FFL) Lamma service team – with only a few hours of sleep after a household session that lasted until midnight – led the preparations for the event. Low on breakfast but high on the Holy Spirit, they were at the venue as early as 7:30am to set up the sound system, projector, chairs and altar.
As the servant team picked up the pace, they were soon surrounded by children clothed in white signifying their innocence and purity. Many came with their parents, while others were accompanied by aunts or neighbors. Teenagers were also present, as well as a few women who took a break from their morning domestic chores to join the young believers in honoring our Lord’s Mother and the Heavenly Father.
After a short video about the apparitions of Our Lady of Fatima, Sis Cita Musni of CFC-FFL Lamma gave a brief introduction on the importance of praying the rosary.
“Why do we repeat the prayers for so many times? Because the rosary teaches us love. And love is patient…. and persistent.”
Shortly before commencing, the children rushed to the toilets to make sure they didn’t have to leave the classroom once the prayer has started. Upon their return, they queued up to offer flowers to the statue of the Virgin Mary while singing “Mother of Christ.” They then chanted a countdown and at exactly 9:40, the faithful began to pray the Holy
Rosary, with each child getting a turn to lead. At the beginning of each mystery, “Immaculate Mother” was sung while the youngest in the assembly – too young to clearly enunciate the words – offered flowers to the statue of the Virgin Mary.
After the concluding prayer, “Mary Immaculate, Star of the Morning” and other praise songs were sung. Moments later, most of the children were already running in the nearby playground, as others proceeded to their ballet, guitar, Kumon and other weekend activities. The older participants left the premises with a big smile on their faces.
Sis Ces Defeo reflected on the solemnity of the occasion. “It warmed my heart to know that the Holy Spirit was at work, as Lamma parents let their children join the global prayer, dressing them all up in white. The short video calmed the young ones into listening mode.
“It was followed by a brief but beautiful sharing that put everyone in proper rosary mode. It was a blessing to have been part of it.”
Sis Quey Ferraris commended all who contributed, gave devotion and participated in the once-a-year global event. “It was a remarkable event. The feeling was indescribable, especially after Bro. Erick Singh announced that it was in global mode. It felt like Christmas because everyone was happy preparing for the rosary to start. On the other hand, it was also like a countdown for the New Year while waiting for the exact time to begin the prayer.
“I was talking to Mama Mary while arranging the flowers. I told her that we were doing it because that was how much we loved her. Let’s PRAISE and GLORIFY His Name, Our HEAVENLY FATHER, our DEAR GOD, for making everything possible. I hope that each and everyone will continue to pray the rosary not just because they were assigned to do it but out of love and patience. Let’s do it. Let love surround and conquer us all.” DSM