A group of 59 students stood side-by-side on Turlington Plaza on Wednesday night and recited the Hail Mary prayer.
Dressed in different colored matching shirts, members of the Catholic Student Fellowship held candles as they prayed for students and faculty on campus. Since 2010, the group has come together to form a human rosary, standing in a circle and repeating the Hail Mary prayer for each participant, said Anna Tabone, the club’s historian.
People who wanted to take part in the event bought a shirt from the organization and later signed up to represent a bead on the rosary, the 19-year-old UF health science sophomore said.
“It’s a great time for us to get out there and share our faith,” Tabone said.
Rebecca Hoesterey, a UF health education and behavior junior, said she has taken part in the event for the past two years.
“It’s just a beautiful form of prayer,” the 21-year-old said. “To be able to be on campus and be a witness is just beautiful.”
Michael Hedrich, a UF mechanical engineering sophomore, said the event was a good opportunity for the group to spread love.
“It’s been a rough couple of months due to all the division the elections has caused,” the 20-year-old said. “In the end, we have to remember to love each other.”