By Daniel Tay

SINGAPORE - About 90 persons braved a stormy Monday Mar 19 morning for a Mass at Church of Sts. Peter and Paul that opened the "Siege of Jericho", a seven-day round-the-clock Rosary congress (or prayer vigil) that is taking place in the parish's adoration room. It will with a Mass on Mar 26 at 7.15am.

The first Rosary congress was held from May 1-7, 1979 in Poland following a private revelation where Our Lady requested seven days and nights of continuous Rosaries at the shrine of Our Lady of Czestochowa. On the last day of the congress, the Polish government granted permission for Pope John Paul II to visit his homeland on an unlimited itinerary.

During the introduction of the prayer vigil, parish priest Carmelite Father Thomas Lim reminded the congregation that the meaning behind it all was about praying with faith to God.

"When lay people want to pray, the priest cannot stop them," he added. The congress is organized by Church of Sts. Peter and Paul. Hourly prayers commences at the start of every hour. All are invited to spend an hour or two with the Blessed Sacrament.

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