DUBLIN — Marian shrines in more than 50 countries throughout the world will join in a 24-hour Rosary initiative Friday to intercede for and honor the priestly vocation.

“It is an opportunity for us to raise our hearts to God for all priests in the exercise of their ministry,” World Priest, which organizes the event, said in a statement.

“Each of the participating shrines in 50-plus countries prays a particular mystery of the Rosary at a particular half-hour on the day in thanksgiving to God for our priests and to implore the protection and loving care of Our Lady, Mother of All Priests.”

The “Global Rosary Relay” began nine years ago as an initiative of World Priest, an apostolate aimed at uniting priests and the laity in prayer. More than 150 Marian shrines and parishes — including some 35 in the U.S. — will host the Rosary June 8, coinciding with the Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus.

Scheduled for every half-hour throughout the day, each shrine will pray a particular mystery of the Rosary, collectively imploring the Blessed Mother’s intercession for a full 24 hours.

“With the coming of midnight on June 8, 2018, the entire world, by then, will have been encircled in prayer for our priests on this ‘Annual Rosary Relay Day,’” the organization said.

Those who cannot visit a participating shrine are encouraged to pray the Rosary on their own or with a group.

The organization explained that the Rosaries are offered for priests, “that they will be blessed, through our prayers, with God’s grace for their priesthood; that in this worldwide communion of prayer for them, they may experience our gratitude and support; and, finally, that they will persevere in unity with Christ and his Church and shepherd the Lord’s flock to the safe pastures of his Kingdom.”

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