Thursday, October 15, 2015

One great truth that deserves to be proclaimed

* October 15 – Our Lady of France  * One great truth that deserves to be proclaimed  ----- A Moment with Mary --

Une Minute avec Marie
An initiative of the Mary of Nazareth Association
October is the Month of the Rosary. This year A Moment with Mary has chosen to dedicate each daily meditation to the holy Rosary that Pope Benedict XII (d.1730) called: "The supreme remedy for errors and vices."

October 15 – Our Lady of France 

One great truth that deserves to be proclaimed

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We should open our minds to one great truth that is often ignored: the Rosary is a powerful weapon in the hands of a Christian. The Blessed Virgin gave it to us so that we would have the strength to accomplish our duties as Christians... A Christian soul that picks up the weapon of the Rosary is like a soldier who fights against all the powers of hell.

The Mother of God, who has given in the past many proofs of her motherly goodness, will meet our needs—she will not deceive us.

If you rely on the Mother of God, you will go through perils safely—even if you are a little shaken—the spirit of strength, piety, wisdom and understanding will be given to you. The more you are fervent in the recitation of the sublime prayer of the Ave Maria, the more the Holy Spirit will give you the love of prayer, and the more you will appreciate the graces it provides.

Father Jean-Edouard Lamy (1853 – 1931)
(Homily of Octobre 6, 1918, in La Courneuve, France)

The month of October, a month when we especially like to pray to the Blessed Virgin Mary, is traditionally called the Month of the Rosary. The holy Rosary is composed of twenty decades. Each decade is recited in honor of a mystery in the life of Christ and that of Our Lady. It is customary to recite five decades at a time while meditating on one set of mysteries. We usually pray one specific set on each day the week in the following way:

- On Monday and Saturday we pray the Joyful Mysteries: The Annunciation, The Visitation, The Nativity, The Presentation of Jesus, and The Finding of Jesus in the Temple.
- On Tuesday and Friday we pray the Sorrowful Mysteries: The Agony of Jesus, The Scourging, The Crowning with Thorns, The Carrying of the Cross, and The Crucifixion and Death of Jesus.
 - On Wednesday and Sunday we pray the Glorious Mysteries: The Resurrection, The Ascension, The Descent of the Holy Spirit, The Assumption of the Virgin Mary, and The Coronation of the Virgin Mary.
- On Thursday we pray the Mysteries of Light: The Baptism of Jesus, The Wedding at Cana, The Proclamation of the Kingdom of God, The Transfiguration, and The Institution of the Holy Eucharist.

The feast of Our Lady of the Rosary is celebrated on October 7th. This feast was instituted by Pope Pius V in 1573, to thank the Virgin Mary for the victory of Lepanto (1571).