The annual Running of the Silver Rose unites Knights of Columbus councils and members from across North America to bring attention to Our Lady of Guadalupe and the miracle of St. Juan Diego in Mexico.
One of the Silver Roses on pilgrimage was hosted by the Handmaids of the Precious Blood on the day of Father Michael J. McGivney’s birthday, Aug. 12.
The Handmaids, who pray in adoration for the protection and sanctification of priests, reside at Cor Jesu Monastery in New Market. They’ve shared a special bond with Knights from around the world since their founding over 70 years ago. Through prayer, supplication, and adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, these contemplative nuns give thanks to God for the great gift of priestly vocations.
“The many Knights of Columbus who support our community through their countless hours of service, generous charitable donations, and thoughtful prayers have become a vital extension of our community…” said Reverend Mother Marietta, who serves as the community’s prioress. “We were truly honored to receive the Silver Rose and pray in its presence during our holy hours of Eucharist adoration in remembrance of all priests, especially [Knights founder] Father McGivney on his birthday.”
Following the rose’s visit to Cor Jesu, members of Knights of Columbus Council 16523 escorted the rose and the Handmaids to a special Mass and rosary at Holy Ghost Church in Knoxville. Three of the Handmaid sisters, acting as rose bearers for the entrance processional, joined the parish community for a special evening Mass and also remained to recite a rosary dedicated to Our Lady of Guadalupe and her love for all of her people.
“As Knights we are called to serve our priests and our parishes by helping build the domestic church,” said Jimmy Dee, a state district deputy for the Knights of Columbus. “Participating in the Running of the Silver Rose with the Handmaids of the Precious Blood provides our Holy Ghost families and Knights council a unique opportunity to strengthen their faith and accomplish that shared mission.”