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projectblessed Prayer Pledge Day 21

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How many of us have devotions to the Rosary? Laurel Muff reminds us how powerful the devotion to the Our Lady can be in this post.

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.

The Rosary is a special devotion in which we pray for the intercession of Mary to her son, Jesus, while meditating on the “mysteries” of Christ’s life, especially those which intertwine with Mary’s. It is normally said using a set of beads which helps us keep track of each decade we pray.

{For a superb way to pray the Rosary with children, check out Catholic All Year‘s Facebook post on making and praying chocolate Rosaries! 🙂 Also, what praying the family Rosary looks like in Kendra’s house.}

Joyful Mysteries

The Annunciation ~ And [Gabriel] came to her and said, / “Hail, full of grace, / the Lord is with you!” (Luke 1:28) 

The Visitation ~  In those days Mary arose / and went with haste into the hill country./ to a city of Judah, / and she entered the house of Zechariah / and greeted Elizabeth. And when Elizabeth heard the greeting of Mary, / the child leaped in her womb; / and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. (Luke 1:39-41)

The Nativity ~ She gave birth to her first-born son and wrapped him in Swaddling clothes and laid him in a manger, because there Was no room for them in the place where travelers lodged. (Luke 2:7)

The Presentation of Jesus in the Temple When the day came to purity them according to the law Of Moses, the couple brought him up to Jerusalem so that He could be presented to the Lord “Every first-born male shall be consecrated to the Lord.” (Luke 2:22-23)

The Finding of Jesus in the Temple ~ On the day they came upon him in the temple Sitting in he midst of the teachers, listening to them and Asking them questions. (Luke 2:46)

Luminous Mysteries

The Baptism of Jesus And when Jesus was baptized…The heavens were opened And He saw that Spirit of God descending like a dove, and alighting on Him, And lo, a voice from the heaven, saying, “this is My beloved son, With whom I am well pleased. (Matthew 3:16-17)

Jesus’ First Miracle ~ His mother said to the servants, “Do whatever He tells you.” Jesus said to them, “fill the jars with water.” And they filled them up to the brim. (John 2:5-7)

Proclamation of the Kingdom of Heaven ~ …and preach as you go, saying, “The kingdom of heaven is at hand.” Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse lepers, cast out demons. You received without pay, give with out pay. (Matthew 10:7-8)

Transfiguration of Jesus ~ And he was praying, the appearance of his raiment become Dazzling white. And a voice came out of the cloud saying, “This is My Son, My chosen; listen to him! (Luke 9:29, 35)

The Last Supper ~ He took bread, and when He had given thanks He broke it and gave it to them, saying, “This is My body which is given for you” and likewise the cup after supper, saying, “This cup which is poured out for you is the new covenant in My blood. (Luke 22: 19-20)

Sorrowful Mysteries

Agony in the Garden And there appeared to him an angel from heaven, strengthening him. And being in an agony, he prayed the longer. And his sweat became as drops of blood, trickling down upon the ground. (Luke 22:43-44)

Jesus is Scourged at the Pillar ~ And so Pilate being willing to satisfy the people, released to them Barabbas, and delivered up Jesus, when he had scourged him, to be crucified. (Mark 15:15)

Jesus is Crowned with Thorns ~ And stripping him, they put a scarlet cloak about him. And platting a crown of thorns, they put it upon his head, and a reed in his right hand… (Matthew 27:28-29)

Jesus Carries His Cross ~ And bearing his own cross, he went forth to that place which is called Calvary, but in Hebrew Golgotha. (John 19:17)

Jesus is Crucified ~ Jesus knowing that all things were now accomplished, that the scripture might be fulfilled, said: I thirst. Jesus therefore, when he had taken the vinegar, said: It is consummated. And bowing his head, he gave up the ghost. (John 19: 28, 30)

Glorious Mysteries

The Resurrection ~ You need not be amazed! You are looking for Jesus of Nazareth, the one who was crucified. He has been raised up; he is not here. See the place where they laid him. (Mark 16:6)

The Ascension ~ Then, after speaking to them, the Lord Jesus was taken up into Heaven and took his seat at God’s right hand. (Mark 16:19)

The Descent of the Holy Spirit Upon the Apostles and Mary at Pentecost ~ All were filled with the Holy Spirit. They began to express themselves in foreign tongues and make bold proclamation as the Spirit prompted them. (Acts 2:4)

Mary’s Assumption ~ A great sign appeared in the sky, a woman clothed with the sun, With the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars. (Revelation 12:1)

Mary is Crowned Queen of Heaven and Earth ~ “You are the glory of Jerusalem…you are the splendid boast of our people… God is pleased with what you have wrought. May you be blessed by the Lord Almighty forever and ever. (Judith 15:9-10)

By Mary’s intercession, through the recitation of the Rosary, the course of history has turned at some very powerful moments in history. In 1571, on this day, the Ottoman Turks (Muslims) were resisted against all odds by the Christians at the Battle of Lepanto. Europe would look very different today if this had not occurred, as the Muslims were set to extend the Ottoman Empire and force the Muslim culture and religion (really, one and the same) on all. The Pope at the time, Pius V, had requested all the faithful to pray the Rosary to Our Lady, asking that the victory be theirs. Under the command of Don Juan of Austria, they destroyed the Ottoman ships, and it was attributed it to Mary’s intercession.

The Rosary is a mighty “weapon.” We would do well to pray it for a very similar situation in the world today.

I have witnessed Mary’s influence in my own life using this powerful weapon. Over the course of about a year or so, I had been undergoing some horrible, and ever-growing, anxiety due to a bad situation that had occurred in my life.  My roommate at the time introduced me to a novena to Our Lady Undoer of Knots. {A novena is a set of prayers said over a nine-day period, usually for a specific intention.} A Rosary is said at the beginning of each day’s prayer, after which a prayer was said that asked Mary’s help in “undoing the knot” that was in my life.

I was praying to be released from the heavy burden I felt on my soul of a past hurt and the anxiety it was causing me. Each successive day, I could literally feel the weight being taken off. The tears that poured out of me after I finished my prayers every evening were like a release of the flood of emotions and anxiety that flooded my soul. I finally was able to talk about the burden I carried. My heart was being cleansed to allow for love to enter in once again. It is amazing how palpable spiritual things can be at times to our very being.

Comment below with your thoughts:

Do you have a devotion to the Rosary? If you don’t, do you have the time to day to sit with Our Lady in prayer?

or, simply answer:

Did you pray today?

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    Mary
    January 21, 2016 at 7:04 pm

    The days when I say a Rosary on my way to work seem to be the best days. Those are the days when I seem to have more patience with my students. In my youth, the Rosary comforted me during storms (which I was deathly afraid of).

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    Sara
    January 21, 2016 at 8:51 pm

    I’m developing a devotion to the Rosary… Checked out “The Rosary” by Garry Wills so I could learn more about it and at only 33 pages in I’m wondering why we don’t all (Protestants included) say it regularly!

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    Colleen Kiko
    January 22, 2016 at 4:07 am

    I said a rosary os a child on every car trip and every day after dinner. It is a powerful prayer and one that I pray often. These beautiful mysteries are beautifully written and a great help for saying the rosary. Also, they would be a beautiful set of cards in the BIS shop – just saying – or a beautiful book.

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    Steph
    January 22, 2016 at 11:02 am

    I’ve been saying the Rosary off and on since October and daily since the beg of this year. I really needed help ending a not-so-great-for-me relationship last fall and a co-worker told me to say the rosary during October. I was skeptical, but I figured it couldn’t hurt and wow, it took awhile but Mary helped me so much looking back. It was hard but she gave me the strength and support and love to do His will, not mine. Now I’ve gotten in the habit of saying it daily when I wake up and I don’t want to give it up. Not just yet!

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