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So, what is wrong with contraception, gay marriage, abortion, etc.?
We are created in the image and likeness of God. The image – our physical appearance. The likeness – our nature.
We can do something that the Angels and Devil cannot do. What makes us “like” God is our ability to create life…
The name “Michael” means “Who is like God?”. It’s a question, and the question is posed to Lucifer.
Michael Hichborn has written a great explanation of the war in Heaven (Rev. 12:7-9) as it relates to us here on Earth today. In it, he answers the question, “Who is like God?”.
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.
Sorrowful Mysteries: (Tuesdays and Fridays)
- The Agony In The Garden
- The Scourging At The Pillar
- The Crowning With Thorns
- The Carrying Of The Cross
- The Crucifixion
The Sorrowful Mysteries (Tuesday and Friday)
The Agony In The Garden:
Lk 22:39-46 “Then going out he went, as was his custom, to the Mount of Olives, and the disciples followed him.
“When he arrived at the place he said to them, “Pray that you may not undergo the test.”
“After withdrawing about a stone’s throw from them and kneeling, he prayed,
“saying, “Father, if you are willing, take this cup away from me; still, not my will but yours be done.”
“And to strengthen him an angel from heaven appeared to him.
“He was in such agony and he prayed so fervently that his sweat became like drops of blood falling on the ground.
“When he rose from prayer and returned to his disciples, he found them sleeping from grief.
“He said to them, “Why are you sleeping? Get up and pray that you may not undergo the test.”
The Scourging At The Pillar:
Jn 19:1 “Then Pilate took Jesus and had him scourged.”
Is 53:5 “But he was pierced for our offenses, crushed for our sins, Upon him was the chastisement that makes us whole, by his stripes we were healed.”
The Crowning With Thorns:
Mt 27:27-31 “Then the soldiers of the governor took Jesus inside the praetorium and gathered the whole cohort around him.
“They stripped off his clothes and threw a scarlet military cloak about him.
“Weaving a crown out of thorns, they placed it on his head, and a reed in his right hand. And kneeling before him, they mocked him, saying, “Hail, King of the Jews!”
“They spat upon him and took the reed and kept striking him on the head.
“And when they had mocked him, they stripped him of the cloak, dressed him in his own clothes, and led him off to crucify him.“
The Carrying Of The Cross:
Jn 19:17 “and carrying the cross himself he went out to what is called the Place of the Skull, in Hebrew, Golgotha.”
Mt 27:32 “As they were going out, they met a Cyrenian named Simon; this man they pressed into service to carry his cross.“
Lk 23:27-31 “A large crowd of people followed Jesus, including many women who mourned and lamented him.
“Jesus turned to them and said, “Daughters of Jerusalem, do not weep for me; weep instead for yourselves and for your children,
“for indeed, the days are coming when people will say, ‘Blessed are the barren, the wombs that never bore and the breasts that never nursed.’
“At that time people will say to the mountains, ‘Fall upon us!’ and to the hills, ‘Cover us!’
“for if these things are done when the wood is green what will happen when it is dry?”
Lk 23:33-46 “When they came to the place called the Skull, they crucified him and the criminals there, one on his right, the other on his left.
“Then Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, they know not what they do.” They divided his garments by casting lots.
“The people stood by and watched; the rulers, meanwhile, sneered at him and said, “He saved others, let him save himself if he is the chosen one, the Messiah of God.”
“Even the soldiers jeered at him. As they approached to offer him wine
“they called out, “If you are King of the Jews, save yourself.”
“Above him there was an inscription that read, “This is the King of the Jews.”
“Now one of the criminals hanging there reviled Jesus, saying, “Are you not the Messiah? Save yourself and us.”
“The other, however, rebuking him, said in reply, “Have you no fear of God, for you are subject to the same condemnation?“
“And indeed, we have been condemned justly, for the sentence we received corresponds to our crimes, but this man has done nothing criminal.”
“Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.”
“He replied to him, “Amen, I say to you, today you will be with me in Paradise.”
“It was now about noon and darkness came over the whole land until three in the afternoon
“because of an eclipse of the sun. Then the veil of the temple was torn down the middle.
“Jesus cried out in a loud voice, “Father, into your hands I commend my spirit”; and when he had said this he breathed his last.”
This is not meant as a tutorial on how to pray the Rosary, but as an aid in meditation upon the Mysteries.
First, a very brief description of the Mysteries associated with the Rosary devotion. I won’t repeat this in the subsequent posts on the Scriptural basis for the Mysteries, but I thought it might be helpful to those not familiar with those mysteries.
The Rosary is, largely, a meditation on many of the main events in the life of Christ as recorded in Sacred Scripture. These events are recalled in the “Mysteries” attached to each decade of the devotion.
There are four sets of mysteries: The Joyful Mysteries, the Sorrowful Mysteries, the Glorious Mysteries and the Luminous Mysteries. Each set consists of five separate mysteries:
Joyful Mysteries: (Mondays and Saturdays)
- The Annunciation
- The Visitation
- The Birth Of The Lord
- The Presentation
- The Finding Of Jesus In The Temple
Sorrowful Mysteries: (Tuesdays and Fridays)
- The Agony In The Garden
- The Scourging At The Pillar
- The Crowning With Thorns
- The Carrying Of The Cross
- The Crucifixion
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
Luminous Mysteries: (Thursdays)
- The Baptism Of Jesus
- The Self Manifestation Of Jesus At The Wedding Of Cana
- The Proclamation Of The Kingdom And His Call To Conversion
- The Transfiguration Of Jesus
- The Institution Of The Holy Eucharist
I have decided to start with the Luminous Mysteries because today is Thursday, the normal day of the week to pray the Luminous Mysteries.
I hope this is helpful to somebody – Anybody… 🙂
The Luminous Mysteries (Thursday)
Baptism of Jesus:
Mt 3:13-17 “Then Jesus came from Galilee to John at the Jordan to be baptized by him.
“John tried to prevent him, saying, “I need to be baptized by you, and yet you are coming to me?”
“Jesus said to him in reply, “Allow it now, for thus it is fitting for us to fulfill all righteousness.” Then he allowed him.
“After Jesus was baptized, he came up from the water and behold, the heavens were opened (for him), and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove (and) coming upon him.
“And a voice came from the heavens, saying, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased.”
Self Manifestation At The Wedding at Cana:
Jn 2:1-11 “On the third day there was a wedding in Cana in Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there.
“Jesus and his disciples were also invited to the wedding.“
“When the wine ran short, the mother of Jesus said to him, “They have no wine.”
“Jesus said to her, “Woman, how does your concern affect me? My hour has not yet come.”
“His mother said to the servers, “Do whatever he tells you.”
“Now there were six stone water jars there for Jewish ceremonial washings, each holding twenty to thirty gallons.“
“Jesus told them, “Fill the jars with water.” So they filled them to the brim.”
“Then he told them, “Draw some out now and take it to the headwaiter.” So they took it.“
“And when the headwaiter tasted the water that had become wine, without knowing where it came from, the headwaiter called the bridegroom”
“and said to him, “Everyone serves good wine first, and then when people have drunk freely, an inferior one; but you have kept the good wine until now.”
“Jesus did this as the beginning of his signs in Cana in Galilee and so revealed his glory, and his disciples began to believe in him.”
Proclamation of the Kingdom and Call to Conversion:
Mt 1:14-15 “After John had been arrested, Jesus came to Galilee proclaiming the gospel of God: “This is the time of fulfillment. The kingdom of God is at hand. Repent, and believe in the gospel.”
Lk 4:16-21 “He came to Nazareth, where he had grown up, and went according to his custom into the synagogue on the sabbath day. He stood up to read and was handed a scroll of the prophet Isaiah. He unrolled the scroll and found the passage where it was written:
“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to bring glad tidings to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim liberty to captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to let the oppressed go free,
“and to proclaim a year acceptable to the Lord.”
“Rolling up the scroll, he handed it back to the attendant and sat down, and the eyes of all in the synagogue looked intently at him.
“He said to them, “Today this scripture passage is fulfilled in your hearing.”
Transfiguration of Jesus:
Mk 9:2-8 “After six days Jesus took Peter, James, and John and led them up a high mountain apart by themselves. And he was transfigured before them,
“and his clothes became dazzling white, such as no fuller on earth could bleach them.
“Then Elijah appeared to them along with Moses, and they were conversing with Jesus.
“Then Peter said to Jesus in reply, “Rabbi, it is good that we are here! Let us make three tents: one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.”
“He hardly knew what to say, they were so terrified.
“Then a cloud came, casting a shadow over them; then from the cloud came a voice, “This is my beloved Son. Listen to him.”
“Suddenly, looking around, they no longer saw anyone but Jesus alone with them.“
Institution of the Eucharist at The Last Supper:
Lk 22:19-20 “Then he took the bread, said the blessing, broke it, and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body, which will be given for you; do this in memory of me.”
“And likewise the cup after they had eaten, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood, which will be shed for you.“
1 Cor 11:23-27 “For I received from the Lord what I also handed on to you, that the Lord Jesus, on the night he was handed over, took bread,
“and, after he had given thanks, broke it and said, “This is my body that is for you. Do this in remembrance of me.”
“In the same way also the cup, after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.”
“For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the death of the Lord until he comes.
“Therefore whoever eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord unworthily will have to answer for the body and blood of the Lord.“
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].
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.