By Greyson Bordelon
Class of 2012
Echoes staff writer
Campus Ministry gathered outside the grotto on Mount Carmel Academy’s campus on September 27 to share the spiritual experience of the "Candlelight Rosary."
During the ceremony Campus Ministry leaders encouraged attendees to share their own special intentions. Each participant received a rose to place at the foot of the statue of Our Lady while petitioning for intercession. After voicing an intention, each person led either a “Hail Mary,” an “Our Father,” or a “Glory Be.”
Some placed their rose in front of the statue of Our Lady of Fatima, which is displayed at the monthly rosary ceremonies. The statue is one of ten of its kind in the world.
Participants said the ceremony soothes them and brings them closer to God. "I enjoy the rosaries because it allows me to get away from all of the distractions of the world,” said Senior Michelle Daigrepont. “I actually can fully participate and focus on prayer."
The monthly events are open to the public and draw a number of residents of the Lakeview neighborhood around the school as well as students from other New Orleans schools. Brother Martin Senior David Aucoin was one of those guests. "Though I have come to previous rosaries at the grotto, every experience is stronger,” he said. “I feel more enriched because I am not only praying for my needs, but the needs of other people."
The next rosary is October 25.