Did anyone happen to drive by the Convention Center this morning and wonder why the parking lots were so crowded?
Well…October is the month of the Holy Rosary and six area schools took time from their daily school studies to participate in the One Million Children Praying the Rosary around the world. The idea began in Caracas, Venezuela in 2005, and has flourished international every since. The goal is to gather 1,000,000 children in order to pray for Unity and Peace under the protection of Virgin Mary.
This endeavor took off and the number of students participating continues to grow each year. The main motivation of this idea is to spread the need of praying for the internal peace of each human being, as well as for the unity and peace of the family, the country and the whole world.
A hushed reverence filled the packed Fort Smith Convention Center Auditorium as prayer began a little after 9 a.m. The realization that millions of children were praying at that very same moment was moving. Area schools that participated in this event include: Christ of King, Immaculate Conception, St. Boniface, Trinity Junior High, St. Joseph’s, and Subiaco Academy. The prayer was followed by the Subiaco Jazz Ensemble, conducted by Deacon Ray Goetz. These guys are amazingly talented, and it made my day to their music set!