The Catholic Education Council of Thailand (CECT) is inviting teachers, catechists, and families to pray the Holy Rosary with children on October 18.
The prayer marathon is part of the annual activity of the Aid to the Church in Need, a pontifical charity foundation, to pray for peace and unity in the world.
“This prayer initiative by Aid to the Church in Need aims to rekindle faith in the power of prayer,” said Father Ekarat Homprathum, CECT secretary general.
CECT is an episcopal office for Catholic Education in Thailand with more than 300 member schools and over half a million students across the country.
Father Homprathum said the worldwide campaign is an invitation to remember the words of Our Lady of Fatima that the childlike and trusting prayer of the Rosary “can truly change the world, defeat evil and bring peace.”
Praying the Rosary together with children will strengthen unity in the Church and among peoples, said the Aid to the Church in Need in its invitation to join the activity.
“We are called to form one family across borders, united in prayer. Out of prayer grows love for God and neighbor,” read the group’s statement.
It added that the Rosary “opens our hearts to concrete help for the persecuted, the needy and the poor in whom Christ himself suffers.”
The children’s Rosary campaign was initiated in 2005 in the Venezuelan capital of Caracas. Since then the campaign quickly spread across the world.
Aid to the Church in Need has supported the campaign since 2008 and took over the organization of the event worldwide two years ago.
For the Catholic Church, October is in a special way the month of the Rosary.
On October 18, the Church celebrates the feast of Saint Luke the Evangelist who told the story of Jesus’s childhood and, according to tradition, was closely associated to the Blessed Virgin Mary.
This year the Pontifical Missionary Societies of Thailand is helping spread the campaign in the country’s Catholic schools and parishes.
The organization provides a free leaflet for prayer in parishes, children’s groups or families that contains instructions on how to pray the Rosary, child-friendly reflections on the mysteries of the Rosary and a child consecration to the Mother of God.
For more information, visit www.millionchildrenpraying.org