Fatima Centenary Celebration
Yesterday was the 100th anniversary of the Miracle of the Sun at Fatima. In honor of this anniversary the Archdiocese of Newark's Office of Evangelization held an Evening of Prayer at our monastery. Where better to celebrate the Lady of the Rosary than at Our Lady of the Rosary monastery?
The evening consisted of adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, a talk on the Miracle of the Sun and the message of Our Lady of Fatima, meditative praying of the rosary with periods of silence, and finally a candlelit procession to St. Teresa of Avila Church with the statue of Our Lady of Fatima. Afterwards the participants were invited to a reception at the Church and to Compline (Night Prayer) at the monastery.
We were so happy to see so many people come to honor Our Lady and pray her rosary; it was almost standing room only! There might have been a little disagreement in the sanctuary about "how" to pray the rosary (the Dominican rosary is prayed a little differently) but all in good fun.
At the conclusion of the evening some of the sisters headed up to the roof to take pictures of the candlelight procession back to St. Teresa's. The participants sang the Ave Maria as they processed.
A big thank you to the Archdiocese of Newark for asking us to host this event!