Published March 13, 2009
The program will begin with Mass, celebrated by Father Eric Hill, pastor of Sts. Peter and Paul, who is also the speaker for the event.
Parishioners will form a living rosary and pray in several languages. The rosary will be said in honor of Agnes Driskell, former president of the parish women’s council, who made the original suggestion for a Mary Day, inspired by Pope John Paul II’s request for Catholic women to honor the Blessed Virgin Mary when he declared the year 2000 as the Marian Year. Driskell enlisted the help of Edna Taylor, who became the church commission chair.
The program will include a novena, the Angelus, Mary’s Way of the Cross and a litany to Our Lady of Lourdes. The closing prayer is based on Pope John Paul II’s prayer entrusting the church to Mary, Mother of God.
“The committee is very proud to be able to continue presenting this program for the past 10 years,” said Taylor. “We’ve been able to do that through the blessings of our Lord and the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary and with the help of our parish priests.”
Sts. Peter and Paul Church is located at 2560 Tilson Road, Decatur.