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”

Morning Bible Reading Tuesday 24th January, 2017

This morning I opened on this Bible passage. As usual, The Lord is amazing at what he provides: 🙂

The Lord welcomes Converts

Isaiah 56

This says the Lord:

Have a care for justice, act with integrity, for soon my salvation will come and my integrity be manifest.

Blessed is the man who does this and the son of man who clings to it: observing the sabbath, not profaning it, and keeping his hand from every evil deed.

Let no foreigner who has attached himself to the Lord say, “The Lord will surely exclude me from his people”. Let no eunuch say, “And I..I am a dried up tree.”

For The Lord says this:

To the eunuchs who observe my sabbaths and resolve to do what pleases me, and cling to my covenant, I will give, in my house and within my walls, a monument and a name, better than sons and daughters; I will give them an everlasting name that shall never be effaced.

Foreigners who have attached themselves to the Lord to serve him and to love his name and be his servants– all who observe the sabbath, not profaning it, and cling to my covenant- these I will bring to my holy mountain.

I will make them joyful in my house of prayer. Their holocausts and their sacrifices will be accepted on my altar, for my house will be called a house of prayer for all the peoples.

It is the Lord who speaks, who gathers the outcasts of Israel: there are others I will gather besides those already gathered.

(Taken from The CTS New Catholic Bible. The Incorporated Catholic Truth Society, 2007.)

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This passage brings overwhelming joy. It speaks to me of all those who, with careful devotion, follow God’s Commands, in heart and action. However it speaks a mighty promise to those who may have thought themselves less worthy of God’s promises and rewards.

I think that the promise made to foreigners is for Moslems; many of whom will convert to Jesus Christ at The Warning and many of whom have converted even now! They will be joyful in the house of The Lord!! And all their sacrifices and holocausts will be accepted! This brings me great joy!

God refers also to eunuchs which remind me of several different types of people suffering today: The priests, nuns and brothers (consecrated celibates) who are suffering much at this time, the men and women who were abandoned by their spouses and now live chaste and celibate lives in fidelity to Christ’s instructions and the single men and women who equally serve Christ in integrity and fidelity, living chaste and holy lives as single men and women of God. This includes men and women who experience same sex attraction but have chosen to battle their sinfulness (like any of us) and to live chaste, celibate and holy lives for God- as we all should.

God has a special reward stored up for them and they shall not be disappointed!

He has a special reward waiting for these eunuchs. A reward better than sons and daughters! A name and monument everlasting!!

Jesus Himself in the Gospels, speaks about eunuchs and having done a little research to check my understanding of eunuchs, (as I interpreted God’s Word this morning), this seems to confirm my understanding.

In Matthew 19:12, Jesus mentions eunuchs in the context of whether it is good to marry. He says, “There are eunuchs who were born that way, and there are eunuchs who have been made eunuchs by others—and there are those who choose to live like eunuchs for the sake of the kingdom of heaven. The one who can accept this should accept it.” Jesus identifies three types of “eunuchs” here: natural eunuchs (“born that way”), forced eunuchs (“made eunuchs by others”), and voluntary eunuchs (“those who choose”).

Natural eunuchs include those who are born with a physical defect, but they also comprise those who are born with no real desire for marriage or sex. Forced eunuchs are those who have been castrated for whatever reason. Voluntary eunuchs are those who, in order to better serve the Lord in some capacity, choose to forego marriage. God calls some people to remain single (and therefore celibate). Paul speaks of those who serve the Lord in their unmarried state in 1 Corinthians 7:7—9.

(Taken from: https://www.gotquestions.org/eunuch-eunuchs.html)

Praise God that all of this will take place soon! Piaise God for the conversions that will and are happening; that will take place in great numbers very soon!

 By Donna Liane