By Linda Edward

June 12 2020

KOTA KINABALU – For the first time, Malaysia will be joining over 85 countries in prayer in conjunction with the Annual Global Rosary Relay for the Sanctification of Priests, June 19.

Sacred Heart Cathedral in the Archdiocese of Kota Kinabalu is the lead location in Malaysia where the Rosary prayer will be live streamed from the Blessed Sacrament Chapel at 8.00pm through their Youtube channel at “Sacred Heart Cathedral Kota Kinabalu”.

The Cathedral’s Parish Youth Pastoral Team is responsible for taking up the initiative to participate in this global prayer, organized by WorldPriest Apostolate, a not-for-profit organization with offices in Dublin, Ireland and New York, USA.

Aline Lim, coordinator of the youth team said the initiative is a preparation for the Feast of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, which falls on June 19, for the Kota Kinabalu Cathedral parish to celebrate its patronal feast day.

She explained “The Feast of the Sacred Heart has always been tied to coincide with the World Day of Prayer for the Sanctification of Priests. So, we wrote in to WorldPriest of our interest to participate in the rosary relay. That’s how they included us in this year’s program.

“Throughout the whole day on 19th, there will be different locations across the world reciting the allocated mysteries. For our location, we will recite the Sorrowful Mysteries.

“In preparation for the Rosary Relay, a nine-day Novena to the Sacred Heart of Jesus will begin on June 11 until June 19,” Lim added. The novena materials have been prepared by WorldPriest and have already been circulated to the parishioners.

Lim encourages all Malaysians to participate “Since Sacred Heart Cathedral is the only location that participates from Malaysia, all Malaysians are welcome to tune in to join in the relay as one with us.”

WorldPriest Apostolate is a lay organization of professional communications lay people formed in 2003 to ‘affirm the dignity, beauty and gift of the priesthood of Jesus Christ to humanity’.