The Statue of Our Lady of America will be at Ground Zero in Lower Manhattan on Tuesday 9/11 on the 6th annual commemoration of the terrorist attack on the Twin Towers. This is the same statue that was blessed by Archbishop Burke at the November 2006 Bishop’s Meeting of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) and was until yesterday enthroned at the Old Cathedral of St. Louis, MO. The crowds attending the devotion to Our Lady of America are expected to be large because for the first time the actual Ground Zero site will be closed to those coming to the commemoration. A large part of the NYPD and Fire Department are already shifting their attention to the devotions we are holding to Our Lady of America. This is understandable because Our Lady of America made dire predictions of what would happen if America did not cease to be purveyors of pornography and instead start to be promoters of purity. With the failure of raw military power to quell terrorism in Iraq and the spectre of a nuclear Iran, those who have suffered most from the last terrorist attack are seeing the need to take the apparitions of Our Lady seriously, to get back to God and purity, in order to fend off something worse.
Old St. Peter’s on 22 Barclay St. adjacent to Ground Zero. The day before, Monday, the statue will be paraded around Ground Zero in a vintage 1958 Mack fire truck called “World Trade Center Number One” which was restored for the purpose of commemorating the Firemen and Policemen that heroically gave up their lives to save those trapped inside the towers. Several fire engines from New Jersey and New York and a large Police escort will accompany the motorcade. On 9/11 the day will start at 10am in Old St. Peters when the statue will be processed to the portico on Church Street overlooking Ground Zero. The Rosary will be recited, one mystery every hour, 11am Joyful, 12noon Luminous, 1pm Sorrowful, 2pm Glorious and then 3pm will be the Chaplet of Divine Mercy. The statue will then be carried by the fire truck to St. Patrick’s Cathedral at 460 Madison Ave arriving between 4 and 5pm, where it will be processed inside for further devotions.
The Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate will be on site With Fr. Peter Fehlner and an Air Maria camera crew. Unfortunately there is not a possibility of a live broadcast on this short of notice. Also in attendance will be Fr. Basil Cole, O.P., internationally recognized theologian and author and long time promoter of Our Lady of America. This will be the beginning of a series of Masses and devotions in various parishes through out the New York, New Jersey area over the next month, many of which will be officiated by the Franciscans of the Immaculate.
The spontaneity with which this event has come together, overcoming seemingly insurmountable obstacles, suggests that this is the will of Our Lady of America, that she take center stage.