Friday, October 02, 2015

Why pray the Rosary? (II)

* October 2 - Cardinal de Berulle, who studied the Incarnation in depth (d.1629)  * Why pray the Rosary? (II) ----- 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 2 - Cardinal de Berulle, who studied the Incarnation in depth (d.1629) 

Why pray the Rosary? (II)

Pope Benedict XVI addressed this question by giving these intentions:

"May Mary help us to welcome within ourselves the grace emanating from these mysteries, so that through us she might "irrigate" society, beginning with our daily interactions, and purifying it from so many negative forces by opening it to the newness of God."

"Prayed in an authentic way, not in a superficial way, the Rosary indeed brings peace and reconciliation. It contains within itself the healing power of the Most Holy Name of Jesus, invoked with faith and love at the heart of each Ave Maria."

"The Rosary, when it is not a mechanical repetition of traditional formulas, is a biblical meditation that makes us retrace the events of the Lord's life in the company of the Blessed Virgin, preserving them, like her, in our heart."

"Let this good habit never stop. Let it continue even with greater zeal, that, at the school of Mary, the lamp of faith may shine ever more brightly in the heart of Christians and in their homes."

Excerpts from Pope Benedict XVI speeches for the opening and closing of the month of Mary (May 2009)
Source: Radio Maria

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).