Archbishop Alexander Sample led a 1 p.m. rosary March 19 on Facebook Live, just as Pope Francis and Catholics around the world were praying the same prayer amid the coronavirus crisis.

Pope Francis asked the world to have confidence in St. Joseph, especially in difficult times.

After the 20 minute rosary, the Luminous Mysteries held in the chapel at the Archdiocese of Portland Pastoral Center, the archbishop turned to the camera and made an appeal for Catholics in western Oregon to pray the rosary daily. He said the prayer would offer “powerful assistance” to the region and the world.

“We put ourselves in the hands of the Blessed Mother,” Archbishop Sample said. He prayed for the sick and dying, for leaders and for health workers and first responders “who are seeking to keep us safe.”