What is the Rosary?

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What is the Rosary?

The Rosary is like a Bible in our pocket!

We Catholics cop a lot of flack about the Rosary and about Mary. – our “Lady”

We are accused of “adoring” Mary. Nothing could be further from the truth, but perhaps that is the subject of another post?

The Prayers of the Rosary include:

  • Apostles’ Creed
  • the Our Father (Lord’s Prayer)

Both of the prayers above are prayers that are common to other Christians besides Catholics.

  • the Hail Mary:

The first half is the angelic salutation of the angel to Mary and of Elizabeth it is scriptural;  

The second half is a prayer from us pleading with Mary to pray to Jesus for us.

(We, as children of God, run to the Mother of God asking her to plead our case for us. On the Cross, Jesus said to John – “Behold your Mother”.

  • the  Glory be – a prayer of praise to the Blessed Trinity.

Mary guides us to her Son

When we pray the Rosary, we are meditating on the life of Jesus on selected events in the Gospels. In the days before the printing press, this was the best way to remember and think of the life of Christ.

These events are divided into “themes”-  They are:

The Joyful Mysteries: These are: The Annunciation by the Angel Gabriel to Mary.; the Visitation by Mary to her cousin Elizabeth; the Birth of Jesus at Bethlehem; the Presentation of Jesus by Mary and Joseph at the temple; and the Finding of the Child Jesus in the Temple, when He had been “lost” for 3 days.

The Sorrowful Mysteries are: The Agony in the Garden; The Scourging at the LIllar; The crowning with Thorns; the Carrying of the Cross and the Crucifixion.

The Glorious Mysteries: The Resurrection; the Ascension; the Descent of the Holy Spirit on the Apostles; The Assumption and the Crowning of Mary as Queen of Heaven and Queen of Earth.

These are the traditional Mysteries of the Rosary but in recent times, Pope St John Paul II added another theme: the Luminous Mysteries (or the Mysteries of Light. These include the following events: The Baptism of Jesus by John in the Jordan; The first Miracle performed by Jesus at the Wedding Feast of Cana; the Proclamation of the Kingdom and the Call to Conversion; the Transfiguration: and the Institution of the Eucharist.

These are all scriptural accounts found in the Gospels and in the Book of Revelation.

Why do we repeat the prayers over and over?

The prayers are arranged in decades. (lots of 10)

Each decade (of 10 Hail Marys) is preceded by the ‘Our Father’ and completed with the ‘Glory Be’

During each decade we meditate on a particular aspect of Jesus’ Life. (see above)

The beads are a means of keeping time, whilst meditating on one of the Joyful, Sorrowful or Glorious events in Jesus’ Life. Catholics are very familiar with these events as written in the Bible. There are scriptural meditations available for those who prefer to do this, or use as a guide to their own meditation. An example can be found at: https://www.rosarycenter.org/homepage-2/rosary/how-to-pray-the-rosary/joyful-mysteries-without-distractions/   Or on many other Rosary sites, or in  Catholic literature.

 

The Rosary is a very powerful weapon.

 

 

 

 

 

 There have been many miracles and military victories associated with it. Some of the most famous include:

There was St Dominic who fought against the heresy of the Cathars (that there was a god for the spiritual world who was good; and a god for the material world who was evil. He was sent by the Pope to convert these heretics, but he failed. In 1206 Our Lady appeared to him and told him to use the Rosary as a weapon. The heretics were all converted.

In 1571 Europe (Lepanto)  was under threat from Moslems. The Christians only had a small fleet and were outnumbered. The Christian flagship flew a blue banner with Christ crucified on it and the pope ordered the faithful to pray the Rosary. A huge storm destroyed the enemy and their ships.

In 1683, Europe was again threatened by a Moslem invasion – this time at Vienna, Austria. A small garrison led by a wounded general, desperately fought to hold the city of Vienna against 300,000 Turkish invaders. The armies of Europe gathered and prayed the Rosary as they marched. The city was saved through the power of the Rosary

In 1716 Peterwardsein Hungary, was threatened by the Moslems –the  people prayed the Rosary and Prince Eugene of Savoy led Christian armies to victory.

In 1945 at Hiroshima Japan – A priest and 7 others survived the nuclear bomb blast at ground zero. Scientists could not explain it. Fr H Schiffer S.J said “In that house we were living the message of Fatima”. That is – they were praying the Rosary together, daily.

In 1955 Austria faced the threat of a Communist takeover. Every day for 7 years people prayed the Rosary. Then the communists withdrew without a reason

In 1966 in Brazil, Communist rule was averted when a woman named Dona Amelia Bastos formed a group – campaign of Women for Democracy – to rid their country of the communist threat by praying the Rosary.  20,000 women reciting the Rosary in Belo Horizonte broke up a leftist meeting there. In Sao Paulo, 600,000 women praying the rosary in one of the most moving demonstrations in Brazilian history, sounded the death knell of the Communist revolution.

On April 25, 1974 the Communists came to power in Portugal. The same night, a small group of devotees of Our Lady spent the night in prayer and sought Divine Guidance for deliverance from the great evil that had befallen their country. They decided that Portugal should turn to the Rosary for aid. The apostles of the National Rosary Crusade in Portugal went north to the most Catholic part of Portugal, and on April 28, 1974, they launched the crusade. They discreetly set about asking their neighbours, one by one, to join the crusade to free their country. They feared to speak or publish too openly their request that individuals pledge to say at least five decades of the Rosary a day for their country, now held by the Communists. In November 1975, the Communists were removed from power.

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There are many miracles associated with the Rosary. We need millions of people to say it every day in order to fight the evil in the Church and in the World today. We need armies of prayer warriors. And we need them to use the most powerful weapon that God has given us.

 

                Archbishop Fulton Sheen said:

“The power of the Rosary is beyond description”

JtM Crusade Prayer Meeting Wed. 13th March, 2019

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Prayer Theme: Special Graces

Prayers are Groups A & D: (See https://remnantdisciplesjtm.com/crusade-prayer-group-format/ for details).

Reading from Book of Truth

Woe to those Christians who have deserted Me in favour of new age paganism

24 September 2013 @ 10:44pm

My dearly beloved daughter, every living soul has a powerful instinct to seek out God in their lives. Those who find the Love of God in its most pure form are given this Gift because of their humility and acceptance of the fact that all Glory belongs to God.

Pagans, on the other hand, in their quest for spiritual peace, seek out the Creation of the True God, rather than their Creator. Instead of laying themselves before God, My Father, the Almighty, Creator of all things, they lie prostrate before false idols, including the wonders He created for the world – the Earth, the sun, the moon and the stars. They idolize these great wonders and then believe that by doing so, this gives them great powers. What they are seeking is a form of spiritual enlightenment, which they hope will bring them pleasure and peace. Many then, through meditation and yoga, open their minds and souls to allow the spirit of evil to corrupt them. They mistakenly believe that some other power, other than that which comes from God the Most High, can bring them the peace, which they crave.

Know now that there is only one God. Any other form of adulation amounts to paganism. It does not matter what they say or how they justify their actions, they are inviting Satan to invade their souls and once he gains access, he and the demons he sends will not leave those souls alone. They will torment these souls, fill them with lies and have them believe that they possess a gift. Some believe they can heal others, through practices such as Reiki, when what they do instead is infest others including the innocent. When pagans chant, to attract spiritual gifts, they say that this brings them peace. While many believe this, know that within a short period of time – once the spirit of evil has entered their minds – they will become agitated and no respite will they find. Every pleasure of the senses is constantly sought out by them and all they will receive in return will be a darkness of the soul.

Paganism brings a terrible disquiet and, in lands where the heathen cry out to the false gods, they incur the Wrath of My Father. Many such souls do not understand what they are doing, but recognise them by the ways in which they will adorn their bodies, as they consider themselves sacred vessels in the eyes of the false idols they claim to worship. Love, humility or personal sacrifice for the good of others, will be lacking, for they only worship the senses. They do not understand that their souls are a Gift from God and so they give them away in the pursuit of perfection, which can never be theirs.

During The Warning, I will awaken within these souls the Truth as to Who they belong to. Pray that they will accept My Hand of Mercy. Woe to those Christians who have deserted Me in favour of new age paganism. They are the ones who do not want My Mercy and would prefer to dabble in nonsense, because it feeds their egos when they believe that they have the power to control matters of spiritualityWhile they seek personal perfection in this way, they cut themselves completely from God. By doing so, they open the door to the evil one, who will seduce and hypnotise them through the appeal of superstitious promises, which lead to their souls becoming barren where the Love of God cannot thrive.

Your Jesus

Meditation on the Cross

This is a beautiful meditation on the Cross from “America Needs Fatima”

The story is of a Spanish knight, leaving his castle, his wife and child behind in order to lead his men to fight the Moors.He is captured and enslaved.

He does not know if his family knows of his whereabouts, in order to raise ransom money to free him. A life-sized Crucifix hangs above the town, for the pure purpose of being blasphemed and spat upon. He vows that if he is freed, he will return for the Cross. After 10 years, when it seems that he can be freed, he has a huge decision to make  – to choose between the Cross and his family!

“The weight of the Cross” is a beautiful meditation on the Cross.

Read the full story here:

https://americaneedsfatima.org/Family-Series/the-weight-of-the-holy-cross.html

Prayer before a Crucifix

BEHOLD, O kind and most sweet Jesus,

I cast myself upon my knees in Thy sight,

and with the most fervent desire of my soul,

pray and beseech  Thee that Thou wouldst impress upon my heart,

the lively sentiments of Faith, Hope and Charity,

with true repentance for my sins and a firm desire of amendment:

whilst with deep affection and grief of soul I ponder within myself

and mentally contemplate Thy five most precious Wounds,

having before mine eyes the words which of old,

the prophet David spoke in prophecy of Thee, O good Jesus:

They have pierced My hands and My feet, they have numbered all My bones [Psalm 21, 17, 18].

Say Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be for the Catholic Church and the intentions of the Holy Father.

A plenary indulgence, under the usual conditions, may be gained by those who shall say this prayer with devotion before an image of our crucified Redeemer.

A partial indulgence may also be gained for each devout recitation.