LIVONIA (WWJ/AP) – The Archdiocese of Detroit is encouraging motorists spending more time on the road because of the major I-96 construction project to use that time to pray.

The Roman Catholic archdiocese and Sacred Heart Major Seminary announced Thursday they’ll give away prayer CDs to 96 motorists who pledge to pray the Rosary during their extra drive time.

“We have a heavy construction season, and people will be spending a lot more time in their cars — if we sincerely offer that time to God and pray, I can almost guarantee a peaceful commute instead of one so often filled with frustration and anger. I would challenge drivers to try it for 30 days and see if it affects their attitude and their heart,” Robert Spezia, Director of Liturgy at Sacred Heart Major Seminary, said in a statement.

The I-96 project has closed the freeway in Livonia and Wayne County’s Redford Township, requiring motorists to take detours until October. The $148 million project to rebuild the roadway also includes bridge repair and replacement work.

The prayer CD, titled “Beg the Master of the Harvest,” is a live vocal and musical recording of the Rosary made in 2007 at Sacred Heart.

Drivers who would like a copy of the prayer CD may tweet @DetroitCatholic with the hashtag “#96Rosaries,” or call 313-596-7144.

Southeastern Michigan is home to about 1.3 million Catholics.

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