Irish Society for Christian Civilisation—ISFCC, an organization of lay Catholics, held three Christmas rallies on O’Connell St., Dublin on the 4th, 11th and 18th of December. Approximately seventy people attended each rally. The participants prayed the Joyful Mysteries of the Rosary. They sang traditional Christmas carols such as Silent Night and Angels We Have Heard on High.
When asked why ISFCC organized these rallies, Damien Murphy, the rally leader, said, “We’re here today for two reasons. First, to bring the true joy and peace of Christmas—which is Our Lord Jesus Christ—to people who walk by us and, also, to oppose the secularization of Christmas in Ireland.”
The scene moved many people, who often stopped and participated in the carols. The Child Jesus on a cushion in the center of the rally also touched many others.
“The world is facing multiple crises,” said Damien. “People need to realize that Our Lady had already given us the solution to these problems when she appeared in Fatima and asked us to pray the Rosary every day.”
“The Rosary strengthens us. Through the Rosary, God gives us the wisdom and prudence to solve our problems because at the heart of every crisis in the world today lies a moral problem. A corrupt society will never be able to succeed but slowly sink into chaos.”
While the idea of Christmas rallies is new, ISFCC has held similar rallies in Dublin at the same location for almost ten years.
“We also have monthly Rosary Rallies here at the same place (O’Connell Street) once a month from May to October and get similar numbers, though our last one in October had around 200 people,” continued Damien.
Irish Society for Christian Civilisation and its campaign Ireland Needs Fatima is part of the worldwide movement called Tradition, Family and Property founded in Brazil by the late Prof. Plinio Correa de Oliveira.