VIDEO: London Rosary Crusade of Reparation 2022

A friend in London sent this video of procession with the Rosary, Rosary Crusade of Reparation.

He wrote:

It’s held each year on the Saturday after the feast of the Holy Rosary, and the March starts at Westminster Cathedral and ends at the Oratory. Covid stopped it in 2020 and last year due to severe restrictions it was much smaller and entirely held outdoors. In effect this year was its comeback in its glory after a two year hiatus.

The Crusade was started in 1984 by a good Jesuit Fr. Hugh Thwaites SJ who was himself a convert from Anglicanism. HERE

This year, the guest speaker was the Provost of the London Oratory, Fr. Julian Large CO, and despite a National Rail strike, attracted a considerable number of faithful. The procession made its way through the busiest and most exclusive shopping district of Knightsbridge, passing shops that sell fashion items beyond the reach of many of the ordinary Catholics clutching their rosaries hemmed within two plastic ropes held by volunteer wardens. However, many of the visiting Arab population, who make up the majority of buyers at these shops, stopped to take photos or respectfully stood by to see what the procession go past. Some, however, impatiently revved the engines of their Bugatti Veyrons or their Ferrari Purosangues, above the endless Aves.

It’s the only day of the year that Catholics get to stop the traffic in London, and show public witness to the faith. And it certainly feels wonderful to be in their midst.

Thank you for publishing it father, for the greater edification of the faithful.

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  1. jaykay says:

    As I happened to be in London, and just outside Westminster Cathedral before the start, I happily got the chance to take part. It was a glorious occasion, in beautiful weather, and in ways reminded me of the Chartres pilgrimage at the leaving Paris stage, through all the traffic, road crossings etc. Whatever about walking past the Pantheon and the Luxembourg saying the Rosary and singing “Ave Maria”, I never thought I’d get the chance to do so passing Harrods and Harvey Nicks!

    It was beautifully organised, and seemed to go without a hitch, and my sincere thanks to those responsible.

  2. Veronica scriptor velum says:

    This brought tears to my eyes. In the past I have taken part in this beautiful procession. It’s such an amazing event: hundreds of Catholics marching through a large part of multicultural central London joyously singing and praying the 15 mysteries of the Holy Rosary. What a great witness of our Glorious Faith it truly is to all the stunned onlookers!

    This year, on 7th October, I took part in a lovely candlelit Rosary procession in a small village called Salobreña in southern Spain where the pretty Catholic Church on the top of the hill (situated just below the ruins of a Moorish castle) is dedicated to Our Lady of the Rosary. There was great enthusiasm among the crowd, plenty of singing to the accompaniment of a feisty band marching behind the adorned flower-covered float of Our Lady of the Rosary, but no public recitation of the Rosary was organised. However, I noticed that, like me, some of the many participants were praying the Rosary privately in between hymns. The whole procession that wound its way up and down the many winding steep paved streets lasted well over two hours! Quite an achievement for the eight strong lads carrying Our Lady’s float all the way.

    We must hope and pray that these public demonstrations of our Holy Catholic Faith will never suffer the secular axe of the reigning Woke culture.

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  4. Suburbanbanshee says:

    To be fair, sometimes people rev their engines as a sign of approval… and some supercars do not idle very well or start very quickly, so the drivers may have been striving to avoid the embarrassment of having their cars die in the middle of the roadway.

    But even if it was meant as a threat, it still allowed the cars to sing along. Mary is Queen of sportscar makers, too.

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