At the urging of bishops, Poland’s Catholics are preparing to mount up for an enormous rosary prayer along the nation’s border. According to organizers of the event, as many as one million people are expected to turn out.
Called the “Rosary on the Borders,” the mass prayer is to take place along the entire route of Poland’s 2,000-mile-plus border. It is scheduled for October 7, which is the anniversary of the Battle of Lepanto, a naval engagement wherein “the Christian fleet overcame the Muslim armada, saving Europe from Islamization.”
Fr. Steve Grunow, quoted at the website Aleteia, describes the Battle of Lepanto, as well as its significance:
“On October 7th, 1571, a fleet of ships assembled by the combined forces of Naples, Sardinia, Venice, the Papacy, Genoa, Savoy and the Knights Hospitallers fought an intense battle with the fleet of the Ottoman Empire. The battle took place in the Gulf of Patras located in western Greece. Though outnumbered by the Ottoman forces, the so-called ‘Holy League’ possessed of superior firepower would win the day. This victory would severely curtail attempts by the Ottoman Empire to control the Mediterranean, causing a seismic shift in international relations from East to West. In some respects, and I do not want this claim to be overstated, the world that we know came into being with this victory. This event is known to history as the ‘Battle of Lepanto.’”
In a barely-veiled reference to the growing influence of Islam throughout Europe, organizers of the “Rosary on the Borders” say at their website that “we believe that if the rosary is prayed by about a million Poles along the borders of the country, it may not only change the course of events, but open hearts of our compatriots to the grace of God.”
“The powerful prayer of the Rosary can affect the fate of Poland, Europe, and even the whole world.”
By Robert G. Yetman, Jr. Editor At Large