To brother bishops, priests, men and women religious and all the faithful of the Diocese
Dear brothers and sisters in Christ,
May the Lord give you peace!
This year, in response to the heartfelt wish of Pope Francis, the Pontifical Council for Promoting the New Evangelization is organizing a prayer initiative for the whole Church to invoke an end to the pandemic (ef. Acts 12:5).
During the month of May, all Shrines around the world are invited to recite the Rosary.
Thirty Shrines have been chosen to lead the Marian prayer on each day of the month, each one entrusted with a particular prayer intention for different groups of people most affected by the pandemic. Each day, the official channels of the Holy See will broadcast live, the prayers from each of the Shrines.
On the first and last day of the month, the Holy Father will open and close the prayer from two significant locations within the Vatican City.
One of these thirty Shrines chosen to lead the prayer is the Basilica of the Annunciation in Nazareth, which has been entrusted with the prayer intention for expectant women and the unborn. The prayer will take place on May 4, 2021 at 7:00 pm, Jerusalem time.
I ask everyone to join in this Marian prayer of intercession for an end of this painful pandemic and I wish you a peaceful and spiritually fruitful time of Pentecost waiting.
Jerusalem, April 29, 2021
Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem