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Our Lady of the Rosary

The ROSARY is a powerful prayer to the God the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost, tracing the birth, Passion and death, Resurrection and Ascension of Jesus Christ. It prayerfully follows the earthly life of His holy Mother Mary until her Coronation in Heaven. The real secret of the Rosary is that Our Lady unites her all-powerful prayer with the one who prays the Rosary. In St. John's Gospel (1:11-12) we have the meaning of the traditional 15 mysteries of the Rosary, and the newer luminous mysteries.

"He came unto His own..." (The Joyful Mysteries)
"In Him was life... the light of men." (The Luminous Mysteries)
"And His own recieved Him not... (The Sorrowful Mysteries)
"But to all who did accept Him He gave power to become children of God... (The Glorious Mysteries)



Prayers of the Rosary  - English and Latin rosary mysterys

The Mysteries of the Rosary are not only mere 'historical events' or images to ponder (though they are also these things) - they apply directly to our lives today, being both ever-old and ever-new. These meditations have been adapted from Patrick Peyton's Rosary Prayer Book, the substance has been kept as close as possible. There will be 36 themes, 12 Joyful, 12 Sorrowful, 12 Glorious. (The Luminous Mysteries were developed after the publication of the Prayer Book, though there is a newer edition with these included).

The vocal prayers of the Rosary are the well-known prayers of every Catholic. The Sign of the Cross (Signum Crucis) is a profession of faith in the great Christian Mystery, the Trinity. The Apostle's Creed (Symbolum Apostolicum) lists the chief tenets of our faith. The Our Father (Pater Noster) is the perfect prayer, taught by Christ himself. The Hail Mary (Ave Maria), is composed of the words of the Archangel Gabriel, Mary's cousin Elizabeth and a petition added by the Church, is the common possession of all Mary's children. The Glory Be (Gloria Patri) is the great hymn of praise to the Trinity, a fitting close to any prayer. In group recitation, the leader recites the first part pf the prayer; the part printed in italics is recited by all.

Additional prayers very commonly added the Rosary are the Fatima Prayer taught by Our Lady to the three children in Portugal, for the sake of the souls in our modern times. At the end of the Rosary it is customary to recite the Hail Holy Queen (Salve, Regina), a hymn to Mary requesting her intercession and our hope to be taken up to Heaven as she has been. A final concluding prayer is included, a reminder that as we pray the Rosary, we ourselves are gradually changed for the better through the grace of the God.

Prayers in italics are spoken by the leader alone during group-recitation, though some prayers like the Fatima Prayer, Salve Regina, and most of the concluding prayer are spoken together.

The Latin prayers are the orignals, which have been translated into English for our devotional use. When praying in a multilingual prayer group, such prayers can be a source of great unity and beauty among Christians.

Sign of the Cross:
In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

In nómine Patris, et Fílii, et Spíritus Sancti. Amen.

The Apostles Creed:

I believe in God, the Father Almighty, Creator of heaven and earth; and in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord; Who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died and was buried. He descended into hell. On the third day He rose again from the dead; He ascended into heaven, and sits at the right hand of God, the Father Almighty; from thence He shall come to judge the living and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the Holy Catholic Church,
the communion of saints,
the forgivness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and life everlasting. Amen

Credo in Deum Patrem omnipoténtem, Creatórem cæli et terræ. Et in Iesum Christum, Fílium eius únicum, Dóminum nostrum, qui concéptus est de Spíritu Sancto, natus ex María Vírgine, passus sub Póntio Piláto, crucifíxus, mórtuus, et sepúltus, descéndit ad ínfernos, tértia die resurréxit a mórtuis, ascéndit ad cælos, sedet ad déxteram Dei Patris omnipoténtis, inde ventúrus est iudicáre vivos et mórtuos.
Credo in Spíritum Sanctum,
sanctam Ecclésiam cathólicam,
sanctórum communiónem,
remissiónem peccatórum,
carnis resurrectiónem,
vitam ætérnam. Amen.


The Hail Mary

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Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among 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. Amen.

Ave María, grátia plena, Dóminus tecum. Benedícta tu in muliéribus, et benedíctus fructus ventris tui, Iesus. Sancta María, Mater Dei, ora pro nobis peccatóribus, nunc, et in hora mortis nostræ. Amen.
The Glory Be:
Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to Holy Spirit.
As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be: world without end. Amen.

Glória Patri, et Fílio, et Spirítui Sancto.
Sicut erat in princípio, et nunc, et semper, et in sæcula sæculórum. Amen.

The Fatima Prayer:
O my Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of hell. Lead all souls to heaven, especially those in most need of thy mercy. Amen.

O mi Jesu, dimitte nobis debita nostra, libera nos ab igne inferni, conduc in caelum omnes animas, praesertim illas quae maxime indigent misericordia tua. Amen.
Hail, Holy Queen and a final prayer:
Hail, Holy Queen, Mother of Mercy, Hail our life, our sweetness, and our hope! To thee do we cry, poor banished children of Eve; to thee do we send up our sighs, mourning and weeping in this vale of tears. Turn, then, most gracious Advocate, thine eyes of mercy toward us; and after this our exile show unto us the blessed fruit of thy womb, Jesus; O clement, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary.

V/. Pray for us, O Holy Mother of God.
R/. That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.
Let us pray. O God, whose only begotten Son, by His life, death, and resurrection, has purchased for us the rewards of eternal salvation. Grant, we beseech thee, that meditating on the mysteries of the most Holy Rosary of the Blessed Virgin Mary, that we may both imitate what they contain and obtain what they promise, through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Salve Regína, Mater misericórdiæ; Vita dulcédo, et spes nostra, salve. Ad te Clamámus éxsules fílii Evæ; Ad te Suspirámus, geméntes et flentes in hac lacrimárum valle. Eia ergo, Advocáta nostra, Illos tuos misericórdes óculos ad nos convérte: Et Iesum, benedíctum fructum ventris tui, Nobis post hoc exsílium osténde. O clemens, o pia, o dulcis Virgo María.

V/. Ora pro nobis, Sancta Dei Génetrix.
R/. Ut digni efficiámur promissionibus Christi. Amen.
Oremus: Deus, cujus Unigénitus, per vitam, mortem et resurrectiónem suam nobis salútis ætérnæ præmia comparávit: concéde, quæsumus; ut, hæc mystéria sanctíssimo beátæ Maríæ Virginis Rosário recoléntes; et imitémur quod cóntinent, et quod promíttunt, assequámur. Per eúmdem Christum Dóminum nostrum. Amen.


The Five Joyful Mysteries

Monday & Saturday

The Annunciation: Humility-[Luke 1:26-38; Matthew 1:18]

The Visitation: Charity-[Luke 1:39-45]

The Birth of Our Lord: Poverty, or detachment from the world-[Luke 2:6-12]

The Presentation of Our Lord: Purity of heart, obedience-[Luke 2:25-32]

The Finding of Our Lord in the Temple: Piety-[Luke 2:41-50]


The Five Sorrowful Mysteries

Tuesday & Friday

The Agony in the Garden: Contrition for our sins-[Matthew 26:36-37; Luke 22:39-46]

The Scourging at the Pillar: Mortification of our senses-[Matthew 27:26; Mark 15:6-15; John 19:1]

The Crowning with Thorns: Interior mortification-[John 19:1-8; Matthew 27:29]

The Carrying of the Cross: Patience under crosses-[John 19:16-22]

The Crucifixion and Death of Our Lord: That we may die to ourselves-(Luke 23:33; John 19:25-30]


The Five Glorious Mysteries

Sunday & Wednesday

The Resurrection: Conversion of heart-[Luke 24:6; Mark 16:1-7]

The Ascension: A desire for heaven-[Mark 16:9; Luke 24:46-53]

The Coming of the Holy Ghost: The Gifts of the Holy Ghost-[Acts 2:1-7]

The Assumption of our Blessed Mother into Heaven: Devotion to Mary-[Psalm 16:10; 44:11-12, 14]

The Coronation of our Blessed Mother: Eternal happiness-[Revelation 12:1]


Fifteen Promises of the Rosary

In the thirteenth century, Saint Dominic and Blessed Alan received the following promises from Our Lady for all those who faithfully pray the Rosary:

1. To all those who shall pray my Rosary devoutly, I promise my special protection and great graces.

2. Those who shall persevere in the recitation of my Rosary will receive some special grace.

3. The Rosary will be a very powerful armor against hell; it will destroy vice, deliver from sin and dispel heresy.

4. The rosary will make virtue and good works flourish, and will obtain for souls the most abundant divine mercies. It will draw the hearts of men from the love of the world and its vanities, and will lift them to the desire of eternal things. Oh, that souls would sanctify themselves by this means.

5. Those who trust themselves to me through the Rosary will not perish.

6. Whoever recites my Rosary devoutly reflecting on the mysteries, shall never be overwhelmed by misfortune. He will not experience the anger of God nor will he perish by an unprovided death. The sinner will be converted; the just will persevere in grace and merit eternal life.

7. Those truly devoted to my Rosary shall not die without the sacraments of the Church.

8. Those who are faithful to recite my Rosary shall have during their life and at their death the light of God and the plenitude of His graces and will share in the merits of the blessed.

9. I will deliver promptly from purgatory souls devoted to my Rosary.

10. True children of my Rosary will enjoy great glory in heaven.

11. What you shall ask through my Rosary you shall obtain.

12. To those who propagate my Rosary I promise aid in all their necessities.

13. I have obtained from my Son that all the members of the Rosary Confraternity shall have as their intercessors, in life and in death, the entire celestial court.

14. Those who recite my Rosary faithfully are my beloved children, the brothers and sisters of Jesus Christ.

15. Devotion to my Rosary is a special sign of predestination.

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Reflections on the Joyful Mysteries and Evangelism

Mary was the first person ever to be evangelised, in this case by an angel himself! She believed without question, others have and will no doubt be more like Zechariah, doubting revelation without good reason. The best proof of Christianity is the results - the Virgin Mary bore a child, Zechariah's wife conceived St John in her old age. In our lives we can bear God in our souls and bring forth fruits of faith, not the "fruit of our wombs" but spiritual fruits, undeniable even by those without faith.

Mary brought Christ to Elizabeth and her unborn son, it is Mary who brings us Christ in our daily lives. Rushing to help her cousin in her pregancy, she rushes to help us now in earth who are in need of help. We should emulate her, rushing gladly not only to help others around us, but most importantly, to bring them Jesus Christ himself, who dwells in us in just a real way as he did in Mary.

In the dark cave in December over 2000 years ago, the rich wise men from abroad, the poor shepherds from nearby fields, even the animals, visited the newborn Christ. Everyone needs Christ, though not all see it yet. Like the wise men of old, and the shepherds of the field, people are searching for true joy and salvation, though inevitably in the wrong places. The right place is in a cold damp stable in Bethlehem, wrapped in swaddling clothes. Here God is truly to be found.

Simeon, inspired by the Holy Ghost, delcared that the infant Jesus was a "light to enlighten the Gentiles". In Christ, we are no longer Gentiles, but a part of the new and heavenly Israel, the true people of God. We were invited, grafted in, it is our joyful and honourable calling to bring others to the same knowledge and saving health.

Finding in the Temple
Jesus explained to the Temple doctors the true meaning behind the Scriptures and sacred traditions, preparing for his ministry to come years later. Even if we cannot explain or help others to understand everything about the truth, we can nonetheless plant seeds in the hearts of many. Others will ask why we bother, but like Christ we must be "about the Father's business".


The Joyful Mysteries: LOVING GOD (Fr Paytons reflections)

A deeper understanding of our privilege of loving God, Our Lady will give us today through the five Joyful Mysteries.

1) The ANNUNCIATION - "Hail, full of grace"

Another day had begun in the little home of Nazareth - a quiet, cool March day. Mary would spend it as she had spent countless others, quietly working about the house. An ordinary girl, Mary, as the world judges; ordinary like the rest of the villagers, like Joseph... Suddenly an angel was by her side: "Hail, full of grace!" An ordinary person would be rather disturbed by such a visitor, and by such a greeting. And Mary was! "She was troubled at his word." The angel has implied that Mary loved God with all her heart, soul, mind and strength; that she loved God enough to become His Mother.
Loving God wholeheartedly - like Mary, we were created to do just that - and being 'ordinary' puts no barriers in our way!

2) The VISITATION - "Mary arose and went with haste into the hill country... and she entered the house of Zachary and saluted Elizabeth."

Because Mary was ordinary - that is, a real human being, unselfish, heart full of affection - this Mystery tells us something remarkable about loving God. The God-man was now divinely conceived in her womb. Keep to your quiet home, Mary (we might have advised) and love Him, love Him alone. But Mary knew this secret about loving God: to love God alone is to not love Him at all. Of her Son's commandment, "Love one another," Mary's visitation was an unconcious prophecy.
Loving God requires that I love everyone else - even those I cannot like! How do we do that? Practice seeing Christ in others, and act accordingly. "What you do for others, you do to me." Christ meant that.

3) The NATIVITY - "She laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn."

Mary and Joseph found accomodation in one of Bethlehem's hillside caves. It offered some protection from the biting cold of a December night, nothing more. Air, heavy with moisture seeping through damp earthen walls; stifling odours of cattle; darkness made all the more emphatic by a lanturn's frail light and the smallest patch of night horizon, too low for stars - yes, there would be room here. And here, Mary and Joseph loved God as He was never loved on earth.
God can be loved - wholeheartedly - anywhere. Loving God does not depend on the kind of place we're in, it depends on the kind of people we are.

4) The Presentation in the Temple - "My soul doth magnify the Lord, and spirit rejoices!"

We think of Mary as the very quietest of women. Her recorded words are few; when others speak, she "ponders their words in her heart." It is almost as if she spent her life somewhat drably, in the far corners of her soul. No. She was the perfect woman, God's masterpiece; so Mary sang. Lark in the light of the morning never sang so sweetly as she. "My soul magnifies the Lord!...rejoices in God! He Who is mighty, Holy is His Name!" No whisper from a dark corner, that! The silent Mary's unpremeditated song - and it leapt out of her love for God.
Loving God makes a heart that sings - a heart we should wear on our sleeves!

5) Finding of Jesus in the Temple - "They found him."

In three syllables, this Mystery of the Rosary reveals the very root and fibre of love for God,; it tells exactly what loving God means. "They found him." A perfect expression of our meditation's theme. To love God is nothing else than than to have found Jesus. The explanation is no less simply told: all our love for God is from Christ; the prodigal downpour of grace which drops invisibly upon the world is His meriting. Every spark of divine charity, the briefest, the brightest, in every soul in every age, has been struck to life on one cornerstone - Christ.
Mary's Son came into the world to look for us that we might find Him. We find Him in the sacraments, the Mass, our neighbour. Are we on the watch for Jesus, wholeheartedly, as Mary was?





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