Block Rosary

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Mary and the Rosary
looking after a community

The Block Rosary is a good example of a devotion that is connected with the visit of images or statues of Mary from house to house and from one family to another, where special veneration is given to Mary during the term of the image's stay.

It is a powerful means to deepen Christian life in the family and in groups of families through community building and concern. It also intensifies the devotion for Jesus and for the Virgin Mary.

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Preparations

  • The chairwoman for each block schedules the families to be visited.
  • The family to be visited prepares a decorated altar.
  • Spiritual preparation, like confession, is recommended.
  • Booklets should be given to those assigned to lead the prayers.
  • The family prepares its own Rosary Intentions.
  • An Intention Box may be prepared containing the letters for favors written by the block families.

Welcoming Mary

  • The order of procession is as follows: the banner, the faithful, the image.
  • The image is enthroned and the Welcome prayer is said.
  • Songs may be sung before the recitation of the rosary.

During Mary's Stay

  • The family prays together every evening for its own intentions and those of the block and the parish.
  • The order of prayer will be: a Marian Song, Rosary, Litany, Hail Holy Queen, Act of Entrustment of the Home, any of the various prayers (if needed) and final song.
  • Before transferring the image, the prayers of thanksgiving are said.

In the Philippines, the "Block Rosary Movement" is a community of people who gathers individuals and families by blocks of houses to recite the Rosary together. This is a remarkable movement which might well become a new instrument of evangelization in view of its spirit and enthusiasm.

On August 15, 1976, Monsignor Fidelis inducted the first BRM Directorate of the newborn parish, which earnestly propagated the regular holding of block rosary meetings and street masses in the rising subdivision. The movement initially covered a total of 56 streets and has grown easily to more than a hundred, stretching its coverage to East Fairview, West Fairview and South Fairview.

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