Saturday, October 10, 2015

When the Rosary proved to be a shield against atomic radiations (1)

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 10 - Consecration of Luxembourg to Mary, Consoler of the Afflicted (1666)

When the Rosary proved to be a shield against atomic radiations (1)

On August 6, 1945, at 2:45 am, the B29 bomber "Enola Gay" took off from Tinian Island in the Mariana Archipelago with the atomic bomb "Little Boy" intended to destroy the city of Hiroshima in Japan.

At 9:15 am, Commander Thomas Ferebee, the Enola Gay bombardier, released the nuclear bomb. On their way back to their base, over 300 miles away, the airmen saw a giant mushroom-shaped cloud left by the explosion, which reached a height of 60,000 feet in two minutes. Within a 2-mile radius, 10,000 buildings were destroyed by the explosion, and 50,000 by the fires. The victims died instantly up to 4,000 feet from the center of the explosion. Beyond that distance, radiation later killed the Japanese soldiers in charge of collecting the victims, who died within weeks.

During the explosion, a group of fervent devotees of the Rosary—German Jesuit missionaries living in Hiroshima—were spared from radioactive contamination and destruction, even though their home was only 300 feet from the epicenter of the explosion (ground zero). The traditional Japanese house where they were staying was also spared.

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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).