When we pray the Rosary, many, if not most, of us are accustomed to beginning the prayer with the Apostle’s Creed. But did you know that in many parts of the Church the introduction to the rosary does not include the Creed?
It’s true, and, to be honest with you, I didn’t know that either.
I then checked out the
ROSARIUM VIRGINIS MARIAE
OF THE SUPREME PONTIFF
JOHN PAUL II
TO THE BISHOPS, CLERGY AND FAITHFUL
ON THE MOST HOLY ROSARY
linked to in the article and found this:
The opening and closing
37.At present, in different parts of the Church, there are many ways to introduce the Rosary. In some places, it is customary to begin with the opening words of Psalm 70: “O God, come to my aid; O Lord, make haste to help me”, as if to nourish in those who are praying a humble awareness of their own insufficiency. In other places, the Rosary begins with the recitation of the Creed, as if to make the profession of faith the basis of the contemplative journey about to be undertaken. These and similar customs, to the extent that they prepare the mind for contemplation, are all equally legitimate. The Rosary is then ended with a prayer for the intentions of the Pope, as if to expand the vision of the one praying to embrace all the needs of the Church. It is precisely in order to encourage this ecclesial dimension of the Rosary that the Church has seen fit to grant indulgences to those who recite it with the required dispositions.
If prayed in this way, the Rosary truly becomes a spiritual itinerary in which Mary acts as Mother, Teacher and Guide, sustaining the faithful by her powerful intercession. Is it any wonder, then, that the soul feels the need, after saying this prayer and experiencing so profoundly the motherhood of Mary, to burst forth in praise of the Blessed Virgin, either in that splendid prayer the Salve Regina or in the Litany of Loreto? This is the crowning moment of an inner journey which has brought the faithful into living contact with the mystery of Christ and his Blessed Mother.
Both the article and the Apostolic Letter are well worth the read.
Glorious Mysteries: (Wednesdays and Sundays)
- The Resurrection
- The Ascension
- The Descent Of The Holy Spirit
- The Assumption Of Mary
- The Coronation Of The Blessed Virgin Mary
The Glorious Mysteries (Wednesday and Sunday)
Mt 28:1-2, 5-8 “After the sabbath, as the first day of the week was dawning, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary came to see the tomb.
“And behold, there was a great earthquake; for an angel of the Lord descended from heaven, approached, rolled back the stone, and sat upon it.
“Then the angel said to the women in reply, “Do not be afraid! I know that you are seeking Jesus the crucified.
“He is not here, for he has been raised just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay.
“Then go quickly and tell his disciples, ‘He has been raised from the dead, and he is going before you to Galilee; there you will see him.’ Behold, I have told you.”
Jn 20:19-21 “On the evening of that first day of the week, when the doors were locked, where the disciples were, for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood in their midst and said to them, “Peace be with you.”
“When he had said this, he showed them his hands and his side. The disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord.
“Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you.”
Jn 11:25-26 “Jesus told her, “I am the resurrection and the life; whoever believes in me, even if he dies, will live,
“and everyone who lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?”
Lk 24:50 “Then he led them out as far as Bethany, raised his hands, and blessed them.”
Mt 28:18-20 “Then Jesus approached and said to them, “All power in heaven and on earth has been given to me.
“Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the holy Spirit,
“teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, until the end of the age.”
Mk 16:16 “Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved; whoever does not believe will be condemned.”
Lk 24:51“As he blessed them he parted from them and was taken up to heaven.“
Ac 1:9-11 “When he had said this, as they were looking on, he was lifted up, and a cloud took him from their sight.
“While they were looking intently at the sky as he was going, suddenly two men dressed in white garments stood beside them.“
“They said, “Men of Galilee, why are you standing there looking at the sky? This Jesus who has been taken up from you into heaven will return in the same way as you have seen him going into heaven.”
Lk 24:52 “They did him homage and then returned to Jerusalem with great joy.”
Ml 16:19 “So then the Lord Jesus, after he spoke to them, was taken up into heaven and took his seat at the right hand of God.”
The Descent Of The Holy Spirit:
Jn 14:16-17 “And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate to be with you always,
“the Spirit of truth, which the world cannot accept, because it neither sees nor knows it. But you know it, because it remains with you, and will be in you.“
Jn 14-26 “The Advocate, the holy Spirit that the Father will send in my name – he will teach you everything and remind you of all that I told you.“
Ac 1:5,8 “for John baptized with water, but in a few days you will be baptized with the holy Spirit.”
“But you will receive power when the holy Spirit comes upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, throughout Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”
Ac 2:1-6 “When the time for Pentecost was fulfilled, they were all in one place together.
“And suddenly there came from the sky a noise like a strong driving wind, and it filled the entire house in which they were.
“Then there appeared to them tongues as of fire, which parted and came to rest on each one of them.
“And they were all filled with the holy Spirit and began to speak in different tongues, as the Spirit enabled them to proclaim.
“Now there were devout Jews from every nation under heaven staying in Jerusalem.
“At this sound, they gathered in a large crowd, but they were confused because each one heard them speaking in his own language.“
Ac 2:38-41 “Peter said to them, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; and you will receive the gift of the holy Spirit.
“For the promise is made to you and to your children and to all those far off, whomever the Lord our God will call.”
“He testified with many other arguments, and was exhorting them, “Save yourselves from this corrupt generation.”
“Those who accepted his message were baptized, and about three thousand persons were added that day.“
The Assumption Of Mary:
Gn 3:15 “I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers; He will strike at your head, while you strike at his heel.”
Rev 12:1 “A great sign appeared in the sky, a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars.
Heb 11:5 “By faith Enoch was taken up so that he should not see death, and “he was found no more because God had taken him.” Before he was taken up, he was attested to have pleased God.“
2Kg 2:11 “As they walked on conversing, a flaming chariot and flaming horses came between them, and Elijah went up to heaven in a whirlwind.“
Lk 1:48 “For he has looked upon his handmaid’s lowliness; behold, from now on will all ages call me blessed.”
The Coronation Of The Blessed Virgin Mary:
(*While there is no direct mention of Mary’s coronation in scripture, it is actually rooted much in scripture. For example, the place of the Queen Mother in the Dividic Kingdom is one of intercession for the people, and the king’s main advisor. Dividic kings took their mothers extremely seriously and greatly honored their counsel.)
2Kg 19 “Then Bathsheba went to King Solomon to speak to him for Adonijah, and the king stood up to meet her and paid her homage. Then he sat down upon his throne, and a throne was provided for the king’s mother, who sat at his right.
“There is one small favor I would ask of you,” she said. “Do not refuse me.” “Ask it, my mother,” the king said to her, “for I will not refuse you.”
Song of Songs 6:9 “One alone is my dove, my perfect one, her mother’s chosen, the dear one of her parent. The daughters saw her and declared her fortunate, the queens and concubines, and they sang her praises.”
Lk 1:49 “For he has looked upon his handmaid’s lowliness; behold, from now on will all ages call me blessed.”
Rev 12:1 “A great sign appeared in the sky, a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars.“
Rev 12:5 “She gave birth to a son, a male child, destined to rule all the nations with an iron rod. Her child was caught up to God and his throne.“
Vatican II Constitution, Ch 53: “Because of this gift of sublime grace, she far surpasses all creatures, both in heaven and on earth.”
The Divine Office: “The Lord chose her. He chose her before before she was born.”
Enoch was assumed body and soul into Heaven – Gen 5:24; Heb 11:5
“Then Enoch walked with God, and he was no longer here, for God took him.” Gen 5:24
“By faith Enoch was taken up so that he should not see death, and “he was found no more because God had taken him.” Before he was taken up, he was attested to have pleased God.” Heb 11:5
Elijah was assumed body and soul into Heaven – 2 Kings 2:11
“As they walked on conversing, a flaming chariot and flaming horses came between them, and Elijah went up to heaven in a whirlwind.” 2 Kg 2:11
Two witnesses assumed into Heaven – Rev 11:12
“Then they heard a loud voice from heaven say to them, “Come up here.” So they went up to heaven in a cloud as their enemies looked on.” Rev 11:12
Bodily assumption into Heaven is not contrary to Scripture – it’s right there in Scripture for all to see. God has deemed that these saints be lifted bodily – assumed – into Heaven.
Jesus is God, The Son of God, The Father. By the power of God, The Holy Spirit, Mary is His mother.
If God saw fit to assume Enoch, Elijah, and the two witnesses bodily into Heaven, Why would he not assume His own mother, also?
Gen 3:15 “I will put enmity between you and the woman”
In other words, complete incompatibility and revulsion between two entities. As far away from each other as East is from West.
Galatians 4:4 “God sent His Son, born of a woman” – Paul does not use Mary’s name but the word “woman”.
John 2:4 “Jesus said to her, “Woman, how does this concern affect me?” – Jesus calls His mother “Woman”.
John 19:26 “When Jesus saw His mother and the disciple there whom He loved, He said to His mother, “Woman, behold your son. Then He turned to the disciple, “Behold your mother.”” – Again, Jesus calls His mother “Woman”.
Rev 12:17 “The dragon was enraged at the woman” -The Woman’s child is Jesus. The mother of Jesus is Mary.
The “Woman” of Gen 3:15 is Mary, the Mother of Jesus, the second person of the Holy Trinity.
Jesus and the Devil (evil) cannot co-exist. They cannot contact each other. They are like two magnets of the same pole repelling each other. Jesus is pure goodness and cannot contain evil while the Devil is pure evil and cannot contain good. Jesus has enmity with the Devil.
And so does The Woman – His mother – Mary.
Virgin Immaculate, perfect lover of Our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament, we ask thee to obtain for us the graces we need to become true adorers of our Eucharistic God. Grant us, we beg of thee, to know Him better, to love Him more, and to center our lives around the Eucharist, that is, to make our whole life a constant prayer of adoration, thanksgiving, reparation, and petition to Our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament. Amen.
Most Catholics are familiar with the Fatima Prayer given to Lucia, Jacinta and Francisco at Fatima. However, many Catholics are not aware that they received more prayers than just the “Fatima” or Decade prayer.
And then there are those of us who are familiar with some or all of these prayers, but don’t know where they originated.
Additionally, many are not aware that they were visited by an Angel the year before Our Lady appeared to them, and the the Angel also gave them two prayers.
For more information, click here to go to Church Pop…
The Pardon Prayer (Given by the Angel)
My God, I believe, I adore, I hope and I love Thee! I beg pardon for all those that do not believe, do not adore, do not hope and do not love Thee.
The Angel’s Prayer (Also given by the Angel)
O Most Holy Trinity, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, I adore Thee profoundly. I offer Thee the most precious Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Jesus Christ present in all the tabernacles of the world, in reparation for the outrages, sacrileges and indifferences by which He is offended. By the infinite merits of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary I beg the conversion of poor sinners.
The Fatima Prayer (After each decade of the Rosary)
O my Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of hell, lead all souls to Heaven, especially those most in need of Thy mercy. Amen.
The Eucharistic Prayer
O Most Holy Trinity, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, I adore Thee profoundly. I offer Thee the most precious Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Jesus Christ present in all the tabernacles of the world, in reparation for the outrages, sacrileges and indifferentces by which He is offended. By the infinite merits of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary I beg the conversion of poor sinners.
The Sacrifice Prayer (When offering up your suffering)
O Jesus, it is for the love of Thee, in reparation for the offenses committed against the Immaculate Heart of Mary, and for the conversion of poor sinners [that I do this].
May 13 is the 100th anniversary of the first apparition of The Blessed Mother to the three children in Fatima.
This short video tells the story…
This video is in honor of the 100th anniversary of the apparitions of Our Lady in Fatima to the three little shepherd children.
It is to tell the whole story to promote her message and devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.
I pray the Rosary every day. Some days, it seems, it’s easier to work it in than others, so I’m always looking for ways to make sure I don’t miss out. I can always find a way, though, to get it done. No matter what I’m doing, I can always stop for a few minutes and pray a decade – I do that fairly often, actually.
Here are a few ways to pray the Rosary every day, even when you are hyper-busy. Found this on ChurchPop.
Sometimes you just need to sit back, close your eyes and be with God. This will help…
The music to this song is Sergei Rachmaninovs creative genius, in his Slavonic original. Because this is the most known Marian hymn, and because of the slow tempo, I have not included lyrics in the video. The five images are a variation of Marian art from the ages and from across various cultures. The lyrics and translation are as follows:
Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee.
Blessed art thou amongst women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.
Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death.
Áve María, grátia pléna, Dóminus técum.
Benedícta tu in muliéribus, et benedíctus frúctus véntris túi, Iésus.
Sáncta María, Máter Déi, óra pro nóbis peccatóribus, nunc et in hóra mórtis nóstrae.
Some great stories about the Rosary. Fr. Gill tells of Lepanto, Bl. Bartolo Longo, some of his own experiences, how to pray it and even how the Rosary came about.
Short but really good…
When you have prayed one Rosary for each time you have committed the sin you are addicted to, you will be free of that addiction.”
“The Rosary is looking at Christ through the eyes of Mary.
I have loved this movie since I was a small child. I thought it would be appropriate today, the Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes.
Here is the movie “The Song of Bernadette” (1943) about the apparition of Our Lady to St. Bernadette Soubirous. The film won four Academy Awards and was nominated for another eight. – From Regina Magazine
Beginning on February 13 – 90 days.
100th Anniversary of Fatima is May 13 – Time to Do the “Nineveh Thing”
Click here to proceed to the Nineveh 90 website.
For those participating in Nineveh 90, we are all utilizing these 90 days to get a solid basic Catholic prayer life up and running. St. Alphonsus said, “Prayer is, beyond