Thursday, October 8, 2009

Celebrating the Month of the Holy Rosary

It’s October once again. The month of October is known to the yuppies as the month of festivities with beer. Of course, we all know about “October Fest,” where a beer cost cheaper than usual. There are many street parties, which happen to different part of the world in the whole world.
Yet, aside from partying all night, October, for Catholics and Marian devotees, is a month of the Holy Rosary.
The holy rosary is the most popular devotion to Catholic. Its formal name is the Most Holy Rosary of the Blessed Virgin Mary. The feast of the Rosary is celebrated every October 7. It is the date in 1571, when Christian forces defeated the Turkish (Moslem) fleet in a sea battle at Lepanto. It is located at the western coast of Greece. St. Pope Pius V had asked all Christians to pray the Rosary for victory.
The word rosary means crown of roses. If you own a Rosary, you will notice that the beads of it are usually in a form of a rose. But then the beads of the Rosary now varies. It goes with the current trends and designs which are attractive and eye-catching especially to the youth.

The Mysteries of the Holy Rosary
Back in the old days, there were only 15 mysteries. But then Pope John Paul II added another 5 which were called the Mysteries of Light. I was able to research about the 20 mysteries of the Most Holy Rosary through

The Joyful Mysteries
The first five decades, the “Joyful Mysteries”, are marked by the joy radiating from the event of the Incarnation. To meditate upon the “Joyful” mysteries, then, is to enter into the ultimate causes and the deepest meaning of Christian joy. It is to focus on the realism of the mystery of the Incarnation and on the foreshadowing of the mystery of the saving passion. Mary leads us to discover the secret of Christian joy, reminding us that Christianity is, first and foremost, evangelion, “good news”, which has as its heart and its whole content the person of Jesus Christ, the Word made flesh, the one savior of the world.
1. The Annunciation
2. The Visitation
3. The Nativity
4. The Presentation
5. The Lost and Finding at the Temple

The Mysteries of Light
Moving on from the infancy and the hidden life in Nazareth to the public life of Jesus, our contemplation brings us to those mysteries which may be called in a special way “Mysteries of Light.” Certainly the whole mystery of Christ is a mystery of light. He is the “light of the world” (John 8:12).
1. The Baptism at Jordan
2. The Marriage at Cana
3. The Proclamation of the Kingdom
4. The Transfiguration
5. The Institution of the Eucharist

The Sorrowful Mysteries
The Gospels give great prominence to the Sorrowful Mysteries of Christ. The Rosary selects certain moments from the Passion, inviting the faithful to contemplate them in their hearts and to relive them. The Sorrowful Mysteries help the believer to relive the death of Jesus, to stand at the foot of the cross beside Mary, to enter with her into the depths of God’s love for man and to experience all its life-giving power.
1. The Agony in the Garden
2. The Scourging at the Pillar
3. The Crowning with Thorns
4. The Carrying of the Cross
5. The Crucifixion

The Glorious Mysteries
The contemplation of Christ’s face cannot stop at the image of the Crucified one. He is the Risen One! Contemplating the Risen One, Christians rediscover the reasons for their own faith and relive the joy not only of those to whom Christ appeared – but also the joy of Mary who must have had an equally intense experience of the new life of her glorified Son…the Glorious Mysteries lead the faithful to greater hoe for the eschatological goal towards which the journey a members of the pilgrim People of God in history. This can only impel them to bear courageous witness that “good news” which gives meaning to their entire existence.
1. The Resurrection
2. The Ascension
3. The Descent of the Holy Spirit
4. The Assumption
5. The Coronation of Our Lady as Queen of Heaven and Earth

Fifteen Promises of the Holy Rosary
  1. Whoever shall faithfully serve me by the recitation of the Holy Rosary, shall receive signal graces.
  2. I promise my special protection and the greatest graces to all those who shall recite the Rosary.
  3. The Rosary shall be a powerful armor against hell, it will destroy vice, decrease sin, and defeat heresies.
  4. It will cause virtue and good works to flourish; it will obtain for souls the abundant mercy of God; it will withdraw the hearts of people 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. The soul which recommends itself to me by the recitation of the Rosary, shall not perish.
  6. Whoever recite the Rosary devoutly, applying himself to the consideration of its Sacred Mysteries shall never be conquered by misfortune. God will not chastise him in His justice, he shall not perish by an unprovided death; if he be just, he shall remain in the grace of God, and become worthy of eternal life.
  7. Whoever shall have a true devotion to recite the Rosary shall not die without the Sacraments of the church.
  8. Those who are faithful to recite the Rosary shall have during their life and at their death the light of God and the plentitude of His graces; at the moment of death they shall participate in the merits of the Saints in Paradise.
  9. I shall deliver from purgatory those who have been devoted to the Rosary.
  10. The faithful children of the Rosary shall merit a high degree of glory in Heaven.
  11. You shall obtain all you ask of me by the recitation of the Rosary.
  12. I shall aid all those who propagate the Holy Rosary in their necessities.
  13. I have obtained from my Divine Son that all the advocates of the Rosary shall have for intercessors the entire celestial court during their life and at the hour of death.
  14. All who recite the Rosary are my children, and brothers and sisters of my only Son, Jesus Christ.
  15. Devotion of my Rosary is a great sign of predestination

This facts is quoted from a Girl's notebook site

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