WASHINGTON (November 27, 2001) -- In response to the tragedies of September 11, the nation's Catholic bishops have designated January 1, 2002, a Day of Prayer for Peace. Resources for praying a "Rosary for Peace" are now available from USCCB Publishing.
The bishops' declaration urges Catholics to pray the rosary on January 1, seeking the intercession of the Virgin Mary under her title "Queen of Peace."
Using various Marian liturgical texts, the bishops' Committee on the Liturgy has developed a "Rosary for Peace," which is now available from the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' publishing department. It is a six-panel booklet designed to help parishes, schools, and small groups meditate on the rosary's Glorious Mysteries. Also available from USCCB Publishing is a prayer card featuring Pope John Paul II's "Prayer for Peace" (available in English and Spanish). This prayer also asks for the intercession of Mary to bring an end to evil in all its forms -- famine, war, hatred, injustice, and sin -- and to reveal the light of hope to the world.
To ensure delivery in time for the National Day of Prayer for Peace, all orders for the rosary resource and the prayer card must be received by December 10.
Orders for these resources should be directed to USCCB Publishing at 800-235-8722 (in the Washington, DC, metropolitan area -- 202-722-8716). To order Rosary for Peace: For the National Day of Prayer for Peace ask for publication 5-489 ($7.50/package of 25). The Prayer for Peace prayer cards (English: No. 5-490, Spanish: 5-863) are available in packages of 100 for $5.00. Additional resources and more information will be available on the Web at: www.usccb.org and at www.prayerforpeace.org