Yesterday, Pope Francis held his Wednesday morning General Audience at 9:30 am in the Library of the Vatican’s Apostolic Palace – a different location than his normal spot in Saint Peter’s Square because of the coronavirus.
At the end of his address, he made an appeal by the Italian Bishops global and urged the Faithful the world over to pray the Rosary with him at the same time today (Thursday March 19th) for protection against the coronavirus.
“I make my own the appeal of the Italian Bishops who in this health emergency have promoted a moment of prayer for the whole country. Every family, every faithful, every Religious Community, all united spiritually tomorrow at 9:00 pm for the recitation of the Rosary, with the Mysteries of Light. I will accompany you from here.”
Pope Francis said that through this worldwide Rosary on the Feast of Saint Joseph we ask the Early father of Christ to guard our families, the sick, and all those taking care of the sick amidst the global pandemic.
Mary, Mother of God, Health of the Sick, leads us to the luminous and transfigured face of Jesus Christ and to His Heart. We turn to Her with the prayer of the Rosary, under the loving gaze of Saint Joseph, Custodian of the Holy Family and of our families. And we ask him to guard our family, our families, in a special way, in particular the sick and the persons taking care of the sick: the doctors, the men and women nurses, the volunteers, who risk their lives in this service.”
Speaking on Saint Joseph, Pope Francis said we must always call on him in difficult times like these.
“In life, in work, in the family, in joy and in sorrow, he always sought and loved the Lord, meriting Scripture’s praise as a just and wise man. Invoke him always with trust, especially in difficult moments, and entrust your existence to this great Saint.”
If you want to know when to pray the Rosary to join the worldwide chain of prayer, simply click here to Google “9pm Rome time in my time.”