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(LifeSiteNews) – The International Week of Prayer and Fasting (IWOPF) will conclude on October 9 with a nationwide rosary, offered for the conversion of the United States to faith in God.

The National Rosary Rally, also known as “Rosary Coast to Coast,” marks the end of the thirtieth IWOPF and culminates in a 54-day rosary novena for the country.

“Rosaries will be prayed along with intentions which include: respect for life at all stages of development, especially the unborn; the sanctity of marriage and families based upon God’s creation of man and woman; upholding constitutionally protected religious freedom; and the return of our nation to God and Holiness,” the website states. “The Glorious Mysteries of the Rosary will be prayed simultaneously across the nation with Rosary Coast to Coast at 4:00pm.”

Participants will gather at 1:30 p.m. EST at St. Peter’s Church on Capitol Hill, in Washington, D.C. At 2 p.m., the “National Eucharistic Procession departs St. Peter’s praying the Joyful and Sorrowful Mysteries of the Rosary.”

Benediction is set to take place at the rally site. From roughly 2:30 p.m. until 4 p.m. prayers and talks have been scheduled. Fr. Stephen Imbarrato is slated as the event’s emcee. Speakers will include Sr. Deirdre Byrne, David Carollo, Msgr. Charles Pope, Bishop Joseph L. Coffey of the Archdiocese for the Military, Doug Barry, and Father Richard Heilman.

In the wake of the national event, numerous bishops and priests have expressed their support for the prayerful initiative, as highlighted on the National Rosary Rally website and promotional flyer.

“Importantly, this is not intended to be a political event. Our hope is to influence the direction of our country through prayer,” Heilman said. “This 54-day Novena and the Rosary Rally are all part of the effort we need to end preborn child killing and attacks on marriage and the family.”

Father Donald Calloway also commented, saying he is “100% supportive of the Rosary Coast to Coast movement! Our world is in major trouble and we need to turn to the prayer that Our Lady has most insistently asked us to pray in all of her recent approved apparitions: the holy rosary.”

“May there arise a new movement of people who courageously will pray the rosary in public places,” said Bishop Athanasius Schneider. “May ‘Rosary Coast to Coast’ bring to all citizens of the United States, to the people with governmental responsibilities, to all faithful Catholics, to priests and bishops a spiritual grace-filled rain of roses.”

More information about the event can be found on the website here.

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