The Dangers of Poland’s National Prayer Chain

“Christians at worship do not pray against some things or persons but,  like Christ, they always pray for all persons and all things, leaving him who sees into hearts and motives to be their judge.”
– Aidan Kavanagh, Elements of Rite (Liturgical Press 1990), 79.

Even though Kavanagh wrote those words about General Intercessions in the liturgy, his words apply to all Christian prayers.

On Saturday, the Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary, thousands of Polish Catholics surrounded the country to form a human prayer chain and prayed for world peace. Even though this was pure in intention, this prayer day was hijacked by some to use the rosary as a weapon to “save Europe from Islam.”

Prayer should never be about the oppression of another group of people. The rosary should never be used as a weapon against anyone. Prayer should be for the betterment of all persons and the entire world. Prayer should be to end violence, not to encourage hate (as were the original intentions of The Rosary of the Borders).

As Pope Francis said, “We must be clear and unequivocal in challenging our communities to live fully the tenets of peace and coexistence found in each religion.”

Our Lady of Peace, Our Lady of Justice, Our Lady of the Rosary, pray for us!

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  1. Before people chime in about the use of the Rosary in connection with the historical Battle of Lepanto, a historical incongruity ought be noted: the Commonwealth of Poland-Lithuania was not a belligerent at that Battle of Lepanto and, while of of course the same state was a vital ally in relieving the Siege of Vienna over a century later, historically the state was to suffer more at the hands of other powers in Christendom. Lepanto occurred during the time of Poland’s golden age when it was not yet an avid Counter-Reformation state but confessionally more pluralistic, for lack of a better word.

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