RIVERTON — On Sept. 1, the Knights of Columbus Marian Council 3914 of Riverton sponsored their first Silver Rose Prayer Service at St. James Church. “Participants were asked to sign and date a pledge to Our Lady of Guadalupe to be prepared to accept the gift of new life and promise to defend human life from conception until the moment when our Lord calls each person to his presence,” says Grand Knight John Marruffo.
One copy of the pledge card accompanies the silver rose to the Basilica of Guadalupe in Monterrey, Mexico. This prayer service was one of seven such prayer services sponsored in the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois.
The prayer service is an annual Knights of Columbus Faith in Action–Life program and shares the message of Our Lady of Guadalupe and promotes respect for life, says Marruffo. The program demonstrates the unity between Knights of Columbus in Canada, the United States and Mexico. Our Lady of Guadalupe is the patron saint of the Americas and of Mexico.
Each year, from early March through mid-December, silver roses are stewarded by Knights of Columbus councils along routes from Canada to Mexico. Every stop the silver rose makes throughout the pilgrimage is a rosary-centered occasion for Knights, parishioners and community members to pray for respect for life, for the spiritual renewal of each nation, and for the advancement of the message of Our Lady