By Dave Jolivet
SOMERSET, Mass. — It seems very fitting that a local radio station will begin airing the daily Rosary on December 12, the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe.
Radio station WSAR, AM 1480 will air the Rosary daily with the corresponding mysteries for each day.
The station, and its sister station WHTB, AM 1400, are owned by brothers James and Robert Karam. WHTB already airs the Rosary in Portuguese each day.
“The Karam Brothers are very supportive of Bishop da Cunha, and wanted an English version to air each day as well,” John E. Kearns Jr., diocesan director of Communications told The Anchor. “They invited Bishop da Cunha to come into the studio to record it.”
Joining the bishop in the recording of the daily Rosary was Kearns, Father Michael A. Ciryak, pastor of St. Francis of Assisi Parish in Swansea, members of his office staff and members of the parish prayer group, including parishioners from St. Francis, St. Bernard’s in Assonet, Holy Name in Fall River, and Holy Family in East Taunton.
“It was a real honor to be asked to be a part of this and an honor to be able to pray with the bishop and these good people,” Father Ciryak told The Anchor.
Since it was a Friday when the group met at the studio, the Sorrowful Mysteries were recited in their entirety. Bishop da Cunha later dubbed the names for the three other sets of Rosary mysteries: the Joyful, Glorious, and Luminous, to be used on the proper days.
WSAR general manager Ric Oliveira said the English Rosary will air daily at 4:40 a.m.
WSAR’s listening range covers a wide swath of the Fall River area with its 5,000-watt twin radio towers. The station can also be heard online via live stream.
For more information about WSAR visit its website at wsar.com.