DETROIT (ChurchMilitant.com) - Catholic men in Detroit honored Our Lady in the heart of the Motor City on May 6, the first Saturday of Mary's month of May.
The men — some representing Detroit Resistance and all armed with their holy rosaries — met at noon at Hart Plaza on the shores of the Detroit River. They were following Our Lady of Fatima's request for prayers of reparation on the first Saturday of every month in atonement for the sins of the world.
The plaza is the site of the founding of Detroit in 1701 by Catholic explorer Antoine Cadillac. Within days of the founding, Cadillac and his followers built a chapel to St. Anne on the site of what is now Hart Plaza. The current location of the parish, now a minor basilica, is located on St. Anne Street near the Ambassador Bridge.
Father Paul John Kalchik, a descendant of another Catholic explorer — Samuel de Champlain, the founder of New France — was on hand. He blessed the plaza with holy water and reconsecrated it to God and the Faith.
In the early 1600s, even before Cadillac's arrival, Champlain sailed up the Detroit River while mapping out the region for the French Catholic crown. He claimed the entire territory for Christ and his Church.
Kalchik said as he blessed the site: "I claim, once again, this ground to Christ and to His Church. In Christ, we will have the victory."
I claim, once again, this ground to Christ and to His Church. In Christ, we will have the victory
Detroit Resistance Captain James DeSana III led the men in praying 15 decades of the Rosary, reciting the Joyful, Sorrowful and Glorious Mysteries.
He began with a unity prayer: "O Blessed Lady, spread the effect of grace of thy flame of love over all humanity."
DeSana told Church Militant what motivated the men to gather in public:
We came together in prayer to bring the power of Our Lady to Detroit through the Rosary and to beg for Our Lady to crush the head of the serpent that so afflicts the city of Detroit. In Ephesians 6:12 we recognize who our true and common enemy is: "For our wrestling is not against flesh and blood; but against principalities and powers, against the rulers of the world of this darkness, against the spirits of wickedness in the high places."
DeSana added: "We prayed the unity prayer together in hopes that all Christians come together to pray for the end of the evil of abortion, freemasonry, and all occult ties. I have great hope God will do all that we ask in his name."
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Another man who attended explained to Church Militant his reason for attending: "I followed Our Lady of Fatima's instructions for reparation and repentance, especially on the first Saturday of the month."
He added that he was also following the lead of his Catholic "brothers" in Poland who are "exemplary" in following the Faith — a reference to Polish men kick-starting the worldwide men's Rosary rallies.
This kind of activity is exactly what all faithful Catholic men should participate in.
Before the men departed, they sang "Hail Holy Queen Enthroned Above," their voices echoing across the plaza.
National Resistance Coordinator Alexander Karzon said of the rally:
This kind of activity is exactly what all faithful Catholic men should participate in. It serves as a wonderful starting point for those fed up with corruption and looking to make a difference in their local areas. I encourage all Resistance men to take the initiative to start a worthwhile endeavor such as this.
For more information on the actions of the Detroit Resistance Chapter, you can contact James DeSana at email@example.com.
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