Wednesday, October 21, 2015

The Rosary is the ultimate means

* October 21 – Our Lady of Europe  * The Rosary is the ultimate means ----- 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 21 – Our Lady of Europe 

The Rosary is the ultimate means

The statue of Our Lady of Europe with the Holy Child in the Church of Saint Martin, Seville. [Wikipedia]
If we want to remain impassive about the future, we would have to plug our ears and close our eyes.

We would need to close our eyes to the crimes that multiply around us... plug our ears to the warnings so often repeated by Our Lord and the Blessed Virgin – warnings that are in fact very merciful since they not only disclose the punishments that threaten us, but also give us the means or tell us the way to prevent them:

Convert, do penance, consecrate ourselves to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, and say the Rosary. Yes, the Rosary is the ultimate means that will give us the grace to use all the others.

His Excellency Bishop Routhier, Coadjutor Bishop of Grouard (Canada)

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).