It was particularly special that Our Lady was able to visit St. Thomas the Apostle Church as it is the home of the Children's Rosary prayer group movement. As Our Lady entered the Church she was met with so many children all around her. The Knights of Columbus were there to help lead the procession and the children holding roses followed. Upon reaching the altar the children split and gathered on each side of her allowing for her proper set up. Then they circled round in front kneeling. The children then began a Children's Rosary. Little ones as young as 5 were there kneeling and praying the Rosary. In turns the children led decades at the podium and others placed roses at the end of the decades before Our Lady while and adult was saying, Mary we humbly place this rose at your feet and ask for the grace of faith, for the first Glorious mystery. Some of the members of the Children's Rosary have disabilities. One of our members with Down Syndrome, with help from his mother, was able to come forward and place a rose at her feet. Another mom held her daughter who has significant disabilities rocking her before Our Lady. They too were able to place a rose at Our Lady's feet. It is a beautiful witness of life to see children praying the Rosary at the Feet of Our Lady. These humble little ones coming to pray the prayer, Our Lady herself gave us.
Fr. Peter West then celebrated Holy Mass. He spoke beautifully about Our Lady in his homily. He described her standing between us and Our Lord. Fr. West likened her to a pair of glasses that perfectly focus us on her Son. He also later spoke to some of the children about the Icon telling them that Our Lord is dressed in red signifying His divinity. Our Lady is in blue representing she is human. However, inside her garment is red signifying that what she carried was Divine.
|Two members of the Children's Rosary|
who traveled from Boston to help lead the Rosary