Friday, October 30, 2015

The same kind of Rosary for the Kremlin and the White House

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 30 – Our Lady of Mondovi (Italy, 1540)

The same kind of Rosary for the Kremlin and the White House

Evoking the decisive commitment of Pope John XXIII for peace, Archbishop Angelo Battista Pansa recalled this anecdote told by Khrushchev’s daughter:

On the occasion of their memorable meeting at the Vatican, the Pope had given Khrushchev two Rosaries for his two children. Later, during a visit to the White House, Rada Khrushchev (who has since then become the wife of Alexander Adjoubei, then editor of Izvestia) was surprised to find the same kind of Rosary hanging in the bedroom of Caroline Kennedy, the president’s daughter.

Monsignor Angelo Battista Pansa, as he evoked the deep attachment of Good Pope John (now Saint John XXIII) to the Virgin Mary, added: "He wanted to unite the East and the West through the Rosary."

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).