In Augusta, Maine, a caravan of volunteers raised a red standard in front of the State House. The American Society for the Defense of Tradition, Family and Property (TFP) is sponsoring a tour of all fifty states, praying the Holy Rosary in front of each capitol building. The message of the rallies is clear: “Pray for America’s return to order.”
Dozens of local Catholics, as well as two honor guard members of the Knights of Columbus, came to escort a statue of Our Lady of Fatima, which presided over the prayerful event. Many participants were seasoned pro-life and pro-family advocates who fought on the front lines to defend God’s marriage in 2012. Mr. and Mrs. Dan Kasprzyk of Maine Needs Fatima also joined the TFP event.
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Local prayer warrior, Margarita, who came to America from Germany, expressed her joy to be praying in the public square for America. In her Bavarian accent, she said, “You know, because I met you here, today is the happiest I’ve been in many years! With the churches closed, I offer up as a suffering not having Mass. I make spiritual communions throughout the day. With everything going on in the Church, you get worn down after a while, and you just get so angry. But now, I am dedicating one of my Rosaries every day to the TFP, because I love the work that you do.”
At the end of the Rosary, after praying the Saint Michael Prayer, Margarita turned around and faced the capitol. She smiled and whispered, “A little exorcism never hurt anyone, you know, except the devil.”
Another Maine native, Chris, related that he follows the TFP Student Action YouTube channel, and was inspired to come to the rally because he had watched several videos on the ongoing 50-state capitals caravan. He is also reading the book, Revolution and Counterrevolution by TFP founder, Prof. Plinio Corrêa de Oliveira. “So far, I love the book,” Chris said.
At the end of the rally, participants thanked the TFP for praying in Augusta and expressed their sense of rejuvenation. They were ready to fight harder for the conversion of the Pine Tree State.
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The caravan took a five-hour drive from Augusta to West Quoddy Head Lighthouse in Lubec, an iconic landmark that stands on the easternmost point of the United States.
A university professor and devotee of Saint Louis de Montfort came to pray the Rosary with us along the tranquil, misty shoreline. “I know I’m going to say this about a hundred times,” she exclaimed, “but I am so happy you are here! I’m glad to be here with you praying the Rosary.”
For 45 minutes, the TFP members prayed the Rosary and sang Marian hymns. When it came time to depart, the group gave their battle cry facing the Atlantic: “Tradition, Family, Property! — America!” The reverberation of booming voices rang out, a definite change of pace from the foghorn blowing in the fog.
May the Angels of Heaven hear our cry and hasten the restoration of order in America.