Letter to the Editor,
“Witnesses to Freedom” celebration
This year the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) has called all the faithful to celebrate the fifth annual Fortnight for Freedom, from June 21 to July 4 with this year’s theme: “Witnesses to Freedom”.
The Fortnight for Freedom is a call to action, education and prayer for religious liberty, and conscience protection rights, of all citizens in the United States of America.
In keeping with this directive issued by the Catholic bishops, the Legion of Mary of the Del Rio Catholic Community with active and auxiliary members from Our Lady of Guadalupe Church, Sacred Heart Church and St. Joseph Church, under the spiritual direction of Father Antonio O. Moreno, is sponsoring the Fourth of July Celebration of Faith and Freedom at St. Joseph Catholic Church.
The Bilingual Patriotic Rosary will be recited at 5:30 p.m.
Patriotic songs will be interspersed throughout the Faith and Freedom celebration; before praying the Rosary “America” will be sung and after the Rosary “America the Beautiful” will be sung.
Alternating English and Spanish decades of the Rosary will be prayed and each Hail Mary will be offered for the special intention of each of the 50 states of the United States of America.
After each decade of the Rosary, a verse and refrain of “Mine Eyes Have Seen the Glory – Battle Hymn of the Republic” will be sung.
After the Rosary the “Litany for Liberty” and “Prayers for the Protection of Religious Liberty” will be prayed.
Independence Day Mass will follow at 6:30 p.m.
Everyone is invited and encouraged to attend to be a “witness to freedom” by prayerfully joining the Legion of Mary in meditating on what God is calling each one of us to do, to preserve and protect our faith and our freedom.
Patriotic Rosaries consist of red, white and blue colored beads.
According to custom and tradition, the colors red, white and blue have signified the following: white is for purity and innocence, red is for hardiness and valor, blue is for vigilance, perseverance and justice.
Everyone is invited to pray for these virtues to be what our country and all its citizens stand for and represent.
God bless America!
Marian Casillas, Ed.D.