To pray the Rosary is to hand over our burdens to the merciful hearts of Christ and His mother.”
Saint Pope John Paul II
the rosary: beautiful. misunderstood.
The Rosary is one of the most beautiful prayers in the Catholic tradition. It’s also one of the most commonly misunderstood, which is often the case for many of our Protestant brothers and sisters. Yet, it doesn’t have to be. Put simply, the Rosary is a prayerful meditation on the life of Jesus Christ through the eyes of his mother.
Perhaps no one in history knows Jesus more closely than the Virgin Mary. She bore the Son of God in her womb for nine months. She cradled the Christ-child after birth. Most certainly, as any good mother, she sang to him, played with him, read to him, prayed with him, and performed the duties that any loving mother would do with and for her child. As Archbishop Fulton Sheen would often remind us: Mary spent ten times more of Christ’s life with him, than the three years the Apostles – his closest disciples – did.
Later she would be with Jesus at the foot of the cross at Calvary. It is here that Jesus instructs John the Apostle, “Son, behold your mother” … and he tells Mary, “behold your son” (Jn 19:25-27). So, like John, we too are invited to take Mary into our own homes that we may learn more from her about – and more deeply about – Jesus, by meditating on key events of the life of Christ.
God’s ways are not our ways. But if we allow ourselves – if our hearts our open – the Lord can change and transform us so that one day we can speak with love about the One who is love. Opening our heart in prayer, therefore, is an invitation to God, who yearns to be with His children like any loving father yearns to be with those he loves, so that we may allow him to love us as he wishes to love us; so that we may invite him to conform us to His will for our lives.
Uniting ourselves to Mary as we pray the Rosary is uniting ourselves to her Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, upon whom the salvation of the world rests.
Lord, may your will be done – not my will, but your will be done. Amen.
how to pray the rosary
The Mysteries of the Rosary
Sunday ....... OT*/Easter: Glorious Lent: Sorrowful Advent/Christmas: Joyful Monday ....... The Joyful Mysteries Tuesday ...... The Sorrowful Mysteries Wednesday .... The Glorious Mysteries Thursday ..... The Luminous Mysteries Friday ....... The Sorrowful Mysteries Saturday ..... The Joyful Mysteries
the luminous mysteries
I invite you, whether you are Catholic, Protestant, or other, to watch this beautiful video by our friends at Word on Fire. Today we pray the Luminous Mysteries. We meditate on five key events in the life of Jesus Christ through the eyes of his mother, the Virgin Mary. Peace be with you!
The Luminous Mysteries of the Rosary, include:
2:06 – The Baptism of Christ in the Jordan
7:20 – The Wedding Feast at Cana
11:48 – Jesus’ Proclamation of the Coming of the Kingdom of God
16:44 – The Transfiguration
21:57 – The Institution of the Eucharist
The Rosary is the weapon for these times.”
Saint Padre Pio
Our Lady of the Rosary, pray for us
Be not afraid! And may the peace of Christ be with you and your loved ones today and always. Holy Family, pray for us. Amen.