Sunday, October 18, 2015

The Virgin’s wish comes true

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 18 – Ethopian Church: Feast of Our Lady of the Garden of Myrrh – Founding of Schönstatt by Fr. Joseph Kentenich (Germany, 1914)

The Virgin’s wish comes true

The Virgin Mary appeared for the first time to Sister Marie-Alphonsine (1843-1927), who was canonized on May 17, 2015, by Pope Francis, in the convent of Bethlehem, on the Epiphany of the year 1874

“I want you to start the Congregation of the Rosary... In these parts I have experienced joy, pain and glory, and it is among you that I want to show my presence.”

One day a girl from her village said to Alphonsine: “You should found a religious congregation called the Holy Rosary for girls from our country.”

Sister Alphonsine was convinced that, for many young Christian Arabs from her country, apostolic work could only be accomplished by religious congregations that were from the Middle East itself.

The Virgin Mary’s wish came true: the Sisters of the Rosary, beloved by both the Christian and Muslim population in the Holy Land, quickly became an important part of the religious life of the diocese of Jerusalem. Parishes have asked the Sisters of the Rosary to open schools, care for girls, tend to the sick, and teach catechism.

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).