As a result of Pope Francis' recent request that Catholics throughout the world make September 7th a "day of fasting and prayer for peace in Syria, the Middle East, and across the entire world," the Mount community hosted a public gathering of prayer begging Our Lady, Queen of Peace, to intercede for the global community, particularly for those in danger in Syria.
The event, hosted by both the seminary and the university, was held on the eve of the Birthday of Mary and began with a 12:30 PM Mass in the seminary's St. Bernard's Chapel. Monsignor Stuart Swetland (S' 91), the university's Vice President for Catholic Identity, offered the homily which pertained to the moral issues regarding the troubling events occurring in Syria as well as the United States' reaction. Following the Mass, Eucharistic Adoration was held from 1:30 - 2:30, after which many of the participants in the day of prayer trekked up the hill to the Glass Chapel at the National Shrine Grotto of Our Lady of Lourdes where the Divine Mercy Chaplet was prayed at 3 PM.
Again Msgr. Swetland offered a reflection after the Chaplet before the community joined in a solemn Eucharistic Procession to the shrine's Grotto Altar.
There, at 4 PM, the Rosary was prayed with the special intention that Mary might intercede in our efforts to establish peace in our own country and throughout the world.
After the Rosary, Eucharistic Benediction was given to all present at the Grotto Altar, and at 5 PM the day of prayer was concluded with a Mass in the Glass Chapel. All of the seminarians, aside from the small group who were at their apostolic assignment for the weekend, prayerfully entered into the day's events requesting that Our Lady and Our Eucharistic Lord assist us in our efforts to cultivate peace on Earth.