October at the Rosary Shrine

October at the Rosary Shrine

October is the month of the Holy Rosary, and during this month we turn to Our Lady of the Rosary in fervent prayer, especially during this time of the pandemic. There are various restrictions in place still, but we will do our best to mark the month of the Rosary:

Every Saturday in October (beginning 3 October) there will be a candlelit Rosary Procession at 7pm (after the 6pm Vigil Mass). The Dominican friars alone will process with the statue of Our Lady, and everyone else is asked to please stay in their seats, socially-distanced and with face coverings on. Candles will be distributed before the procession, and these should be taken home with you or disposed of after the procession.

Sunday 4 October will be observed as “Rosary Sunday” with a solemn Mass celebrated by the Prior Provincial at 12 noon. Roses, which are a sacramental against illness, will be blessed and distributed after all the Masses on 3–4 October.

On every Friday in October at 8pm, the Rosary Shrine will be participating in the nation-wide “Rosary Whirlwind” for the month of October. A live Rosary prayed by the friars will be livestreamed on YouTube (youtube.com/c/RosariumOP).

October at the Rosary Shrine

October at the Rosary Shrine

October is the month of the Holy Rosary, which is celebrated with joy here in Our Lady’s Rosary Shrine in London. A feature of this our October celebrations is a weekly candlelit Rosary procession. This year we have events for your diaries that are both old and new, so please do mark your diaries and start planning a special pilgrimage in honour of Our Lady of the Rosary.

Candlelit processions every Saturday in October, at 7pm.
  • Sat 5th: Candlelit Rosary Procession with statue of Our Lady of the Rosary of Fatima (7pm).
  • Sat 5th – Sun 6th: Annual St Dominic’s Art Exhibition and Sale in the Parish Hall.
  • Sun 6th: Rosary Sunday – Solemn Mass celebrated by Bishop Michael Campbell OSA, Bishop Emeritus of Lancaster at 12 noon. Blessed roses will be distributed after every Mass.
  • Sat 12th: Candlelit Rosary Procession with statue of Our Lady of the Rosary of Fatima (7pm) followed by a music recital on our historic ‘Father Willis’ organ.
  • Sun 13th: Solemn Mass commemorating Newman Canonisation (12 noon)
  • Sat 19th: Living Rosary Procession with statue of Our Lady of the Rosary of Manaoag (7pm).
  • Sat 26th: Rosary Vigil – Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and Eucharistic Rosary procession, with music composed and conducted by Pawel Bebenek (7pm). This event will be preceded by music workshops with Pawel Bebenek, starting at 11am, in the parish hall. Details forthcoming.
Eucharistic Rosary procession around the Rosary Shrine
Praying the Rosary in the Rosary chapels during the Eucharistic Rosary procession. Here, we pray the 5th Sorrowful Mystery.

In addition, the Rosary Shrine is delighted to announce that from Rosary Sunday onwards (6th October), there will be a Sung Mass (Missa Cantata) in the Dominican rite at 4pm every Sunday, at the Altar of Our Lady of the Rosary. All are welcome to this weekly Sunday Mass, and we will be looking for singers and servers. If you’re interested please contact Fr Lawrence Lew, OP.

Dominican rite Mass at the Lady Altar

Rosary Vigil – 27 October 2018

Rosary Vigil – 27 October 2018

The Rosary Shrine welcomes back Polish composer, Pawel Bebenek, who will lead a workshop of liturgical music sung by the Krakow Dominicans, and featured in the Mercy Center at World Youth Day 2016. Last year, the workshop culminated in a ‘Rosary Vigil’ in the church, which consisted of Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament enthroned, and a Eucharistic Procession with the Rosary accompanied by beautiful singing of Pawel Bebenek’s compositions and arrangements.

This year, on the 27th of October, a Rosary Vigil will once again be the finale event for the month of the Rosary. The workshop will begin after the 10am Mass, and the Vigil will run from 7:30pm – 9:30pm. All are very welcome.

For inquiries, contact Fr Lawrence Lew OP: lawrence.lew@english.op.org

To read about last year’s Rosary Vigil and to hear some of the music sung, see this report.




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