Ecce Agnus Dei!
I tried finding detailed information in the Church bulletin about tonight, but the description was very vague. This explains it a lot better.
A wonderful Feast, which commemorates the miraculous victory at Lepanto (7 October 1571) when the Christian fleet led by Don John of Austria smashed Moslem power in the Mediterranean. Even Protestant England celebrated it and a great 20th century convert immortalized it in verse: Vivat Hispania! Domino Gloria! Don John of Austria has set his people free!On Sunday we sang the External Solemnity. I have to admit that I have never had a great devotion to the Rosary; as a child I didn't like extra-liturgical devotions, since the Mass was to me the be-all-and-end-all. On Monday I dug out my Rosary and said a decade. Likewise yesterday and today. I was immediately rewarded and have resolved to say five decades daily for the rest of the month. And, I hope, for the rest of my life.
John, At my parish, we were blessed to have a Missa Solemnis on Sunday for the External Solemnity with the deacon and subdeacon from the nearby FSSP seminary. It is always a great thing to be able to assist at a Solemn Mass. This coming Sunday, the local SSPX parish will be having a Pontifical High Mass, which I am very excited to attend since I have never before had the chance to assist at a Pontifical High Mass.Anyway, perhaps if you'd heard the sermon delivered by the deacon during our Mass on Sunday, you would have received some more encouragement for your new resolution to pray the Rosary daily. I hope you and all of us are able to attend to our Blessed Mother's request that we make an effort to do so, especially during these difficult times.
Feast of Our Lady of the RosaryThe Rosary is ChristologicalWhat do we find in the Mysteries of the rosary? The Visitation of Mary, the Nativity,the Finding of Jesus in the Temple, the Wedding Feast at Cana? Can it not be said that in all these and the other mysteries is none other than the revelation and proclamation of God's Holy Truth?.Do these not manifest to us insights into the mystery of God's Holy and Divine Nature? It is appropriate that one of the Luminous mysteries is the "Proclamation of the Gospel". In this mystery is Christ, who is Truth Incarnate, revealing Himself to man. Indeed, can it not be said that it is Christ being revealed and proclaimed, the Eternal Truth, in every mystery of the Rosary from the Annunciation, to the Crucifixion, to the Resurrection? In each of these is Christ who is God, revealing a Divine mystery, revealing something about His Divine nature to us. Can we not see that this reveals something of God's goodness, His Mercy, His Generosity, His Benevolence? When we pray the Rosary we pray to Mary to intercede for us, and with her for the Holy Spirit to enlighten us to conform to her holy example of being the pre-eminent witness to Christ and His teachings. It is in the Blessed Virgin that we see the paradigm of virtue and holiness; the exemplar of the fulfillment of God's promise to his people Israel, and therefore one who is most worthy of the veneration given to her. We give her the honor due her and in union with her, in adoration, petition, thanksgiving and reparation, we pray and ask her to intercede for us to our Holy God, who is the Source of all that is good and praiseworthy, who is Goodness, Generosity and Mercy itself. We pray the rosary, our instrument of prayer, and we pray to the Blessed Virgin to intercede for us, she who in her solicitude and Divinely-appointed role is the human instrument of God's revelation to us.
Except for the Creeds, I can't think of anything more Christological and theological than the Rosary...and I am a former protestant minister.
Let us list here a some of the victories obtained from God and attributed to the praying of the Holy Rosary: The Battle of Lepanto which saved Rome and Vienna from Moslem conquest and subjugation The deliverance of Vienna by Jan Sobieski Prince Eugene's victory at the battle of Peterwardein The raising of the siege of Corfu The taking of Belgrade The withdrawal of Soviet Troops from Austria in October, 1955 The deliverance of Brazil from Communism in 1964
I think these devotions are beautiful and it shows that when done reverently and without innovations people will come along.Unfortunately, where I am - if there is anything - innovation rules the day and so I tend not to go along anymore.Jan
I think these devotions are beautiful and it shows that when done reverently and without innovations people will come along.Innovations like adding 'Sancta Maria, Mater Dei, ora pro nobis peccatoribus... &c' to the Ave Maria?
Just FYI, A plenary indulgence (remember those?) can be gained under the usual conditions (confession within 8 days, reception of Eucharist, and prayer for intentions of the Pope) for the recitation of the Rosary before the Blessed Sacrament (either when exposed or within the tabernacle.)I guess for next time...:-)
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