MARIAN ICON PRAYER PROGRAM
The Marian Prayer Program was inaugurated at the 131st Supreme Convention held in San Antonio, TX on August 7, 2013. This prayer program is similar to the Holy Family Prayer Program which ended in July 2018. Our State received eight Our Lady Help of Persecuted Christians Images mid-October last year, which have been distributed to the chapters. Each chapter has assigned a Coordinator for the Marian Prayer Program. Prayer booklets, available in English and Spanish, are provided and accompany each of the Images. Adjoining chapters are sharing the Images on a pre-determined schedule.
This is the 18th prayer program of the Knights of Columbus that has used a sacred image as its cornerstone. The first prayer program began in 1979 with images of Our Lady of Guadalupe, patroness of the Americas. It’s befitting the previous prayer program also ended with images of the Our Lady of Guadalupe.
The prayer service begins with an opening hymn followed by Liturgy of the Word, Homily, Silent Reflection, Holy Rosary, and Litany of the Blessed Virgin, Prayers, The Angelus, and a concluding prayer. You can modify or eliminate portions of the Prayer Service as needed. It’s recommended that a Priest or Deacon lead the prayer service.
To schedule a Marian Prayer service with the Our Lady Help for Persecuted Christians icon contact your Chapter Marian Prayer Program Coordinator or District Deputy. We anticipate there will be wide-spread participation from chapters, districts, councils, and assemblies. Prayer is an essential part of our lives as Catholics and Knights. The Marian Prayer Program will help bring more spirituality into our families, chapters, councils and assemblies. Moreover, the program will have visibility in a parish because it’s sponsored by the Knights Columbus, which in turn can help in membership recruit.
The Marian Prayer service can be conducted at the chapter, district or council level. Some suggestions are: multiple districts can jointly hold a Prayer Hour; a council can sponsor the event and invite other councils to participate, or chapters can sponsor a prayer service. Ask Squire Circles in your councils to take an active in the Prayer Program.
Additional information and resources, such as the Marian Prayer Booklet (#5050) and prayer card (#10740), can be found on the Supreme website.
A copy of the Prayer Books can be downloaded at http://www.kofc.org/en/programs/faith/marian-icon-prayer.html#/.
Promote the Marian Hour Prayer Program at your chapter, district, council and assembly meetings please. Encourage all districts and councils to participate in this new prayer program. Many chapters, districts and councils have already held Marian Hour Prayer services with the new icon.
Gerald R. Fong, Chairman