Wednesday, October 14, 2015

The Living Rosary Association

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 14 – Our Lady of the Fountain (Italy, 1320)

The Living Rosary Association

Greek icon of the TheotokosLife-giving Spring. (Wikipedia)
God chose the soul of the Venerable Pauline Jaricot (1799-1862) to form the Living Rosary. At the age of 20, she started the "Propagation of the Faith" as a movement of evangelization and support for the African missions undertaken by the Bourbon Restoration regime.

In 1826, she founded the Living Rosary Association, an apostolate that consisted of groups of 15 people who met weekly and drew the name of one of the fifteen mysteries of the Rosary to recite daily for the intentions of the other members of the group and the African missions.

The Living Rosary Association was approved and richly indulgenced by Pope Gregory XVI, and accorded canonical status in 1832. With the Saint Jean Marie Vianney, the Cure of Ars as a close friend, and the modest requirement of the Living Rosary, Pauline was able to reach young workers in Lyons who had left the Church. This shows that the Living Rosary was a living network inside the Church that could ignite a blaze of prayer.

Today Living Rosary groups are made up of teams of 20 people, to celebrate the current 20 mysteries of the Rosary. The Living Rosary Association has been planted in every continent of the world. Remember that the Rosary is a bulwark against which the forces of evil have no defense.

The Mary of Nazareth Team
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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 MysteriesThe 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 MysteriesThe 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 MysteriesThe 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 LightThe 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).