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Prayer, for the Christian, is like the air we breathe and the water we drink, in other words, prayer is necessary for our well-being and for life itself!
As October is approaching it is good to examine the prayer that is proposed and preferred and traditionally has been associated with this month.
The Rosary is a prayer that gets its inspiration completely from the Word of God i.e. from the Holy Scriptures and it teaches us to meditate on life under the regard of the Lord.
The model it proposes is no other than the Virgin Mary, the woman whom God chose to become the Mother of Christ and who knew how to positively respond to this call.
By helping us to concentrate our attention upon the main events of the life of Jesus Christ and of the Virgin Mary it makes us familiar with the Mystery of God’s presence in history as well as in our own personal existence. The Mystery of the Incarnation of the Word is endless as his love is eternal!
Every time we pray our relationship to God gets renewed and strengthened. We quench our thirst at the well-spring of life!
The Rosary, -the word means a rose garland, has a long tradition in the spiritual practice of the Church and, at the same time, it is linked with Saint Dominic, who lived at the end of the 12th and the beginning of the 13th century.
In 1883 pope Leo XIII in an encyclical letter praises the Rosary, and many Pontiffs after him warmly recommend it to the faithful because of its force, its spirituality, its simplicity and its effectiveness. in 2002 the Pope Saint John-Paul II announced the addition of the Luminous Mysteries.
It is an established tradition during the whole the month of October to pray with the Virgin Mary the holy Rosary and to meditate one-by-one the Mysteries of our faith: the “Joyful”, the “Luminous”, the “Sorrowful” and the “Glorious”. The holy Rosary is a simple prayer, deep and accessible to all. It awakened and strengthened many priestly and religious vocations and kept many a family united and solid in their Christian life and it continues to do so!
The Mysteries of the Holy Rosary
The “Joyful” Mysteries
- the Annunciation
- The Visit to Elizabeth
- The Birth of Jesus in Bethlehem
- The Presentation of Jesus at the Temple
- Twelve-years-old Jesus is found at the Temple
The “Luminous” Mysteries
- The Baptism of the Lord
- The wedding at Cana
- The announcement of the Good News
- The Transfiguration of the Lord
- The Last Supper
The “Sorrowful” Mysteries
- Jesus prays at Gethsemane
- .Jesus is mocked by the soldiers
- The Crown of Thorns
- Jesus carries his Cross
- The Crucifixion
The “Glorious” Mysteries
- The Resurrection of Jesus
- The Ascension
- The coming of the Holy Spirit
- The Assumption of the Virgin Mary
- The Coronation of Mary, Queen of Heaven
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