Tuesday, October 13, 2015

“Because she alone can rescue you”

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 13 – 7th Apparition at Fatima: The Miracle of the Sun (Portugal, 1917)

“Because she alone can rescue you”

At Fatima, on July 13, 1917, the Virgin Mary confirmed to Lucia, Francisco and Jacinta, the three children to whom she appeared, "I want the people to recite the Rosary every day in honor of Our Lady of the Rosary for world peace and the end of the war, because she alone can rescue you."

Then on September 13, 1917, and at the last apparition of October 13, Our Lady repeated her call to say the Rosary every day:

"I am Our Lady of the Rosary. Let the people continue to say the Rosary every day! The war will end and the soldiers will soon return home."

Lúcia Santos (left) with her cousins Jacinta and Francisco Marto, 1917 (Wikipedia)
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).