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Rosary Mission begins Sunday at Immaculate Conception

Each day focuses on one of the four sets of mysteries

Immaculate Conception Parish in Morris is having a Rosary Mission beginning Sunday, May 6, for four evenings.

At 7 p.m. each of the four nights, one mystery of the Rosary will be recited, followed with reflection.

Fr. George Knab, a Missionary Oblate of Mary Immaculate from Chicago, will lead these days of renewal.

The main services will be in the evening, but there will also be an 8 a.m. Mass with reflection Monday and Tuesday, May 7 and 8.

The evenings of the mission are planned as follows:

• Sunday, May 6, “Cause of Our Joy” — the renewal begins with a candlelight procession that honors Mary and invokes her intercession. The Joyful Mysteries of the Rosary are prayed according to the suggestions of Pope John Paul II.

After the service, people may come forward for healing prayer for themselves or for another through the laying of hands.

• Monday, May 7, “Seat of Wisdon” — the Luminous Mysteries of the Rosary are prayed using the living rosary format. With lighted candles Christ is honored as the light of the world and people renew their baptismal promise to walk as sons and daughters of the light.

• Tuesday, May 8, “Mary Immaculate” — We recite the Sorrowful Mysteries as part of a penitential celebration and examine our consciences on the capital sins.

Afterward, people may receive the Sacrament of Penance. They may also receive this sacrament on the following day, Wednesday, when from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Fr. Knab will hear confessions each hour on the hour.

• Wednesday, May 9, “Honor of Our People” — the Mass of Mary and the Resurrection of the Lord is celebrated as the climax of the renewal. It is preceded by the praying of the first three Glorious Mysteries of the Rosary.

At the end of Mass, the parish May crowning takes place while all pray the final two Mysteries.

The announcement of the plenary indulgence and the dismissal follow immediately.

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