During the month of October we can revive and/or deepen our trust in Mary. One way of showing this trust is through the recitation of the Holy Rosary. The Rosary is primarily a scriptural prayer. Pope Pius XII said that the Rosary is ” a compendium entire Gospel”.
St. John Paul II called the Rosary his favorite prayer, in which we meditate with Mary upon the mysteries which she as a mother meditated on in her heart. In 2002 he added a new set of five Hail Marys termed the Luminous Mysteries, bringing the total number of mysteries to 20. The Glorious mysteries are said on Sunday and Wednesday, the Joyful on Monday and Saturday, the Sorrowful on Tuesday and Friday, and the Luminous on Thursday.
Over the centuries, praying the Rosary has proven to be of great help to all who have invoked Mary’s aid in times of calamity, war or pandemics. Thus, it is particularly appropriate during this global Covid-19 pandemic. Saints and popes have emphasized the meditative and contemplative elements of the Rosary and provided specific teachings for how the Rosary should be prayed, for instance the need for “focus, respect, reverence and purity of intention” during rosary recitations and contemplations.
During the feast of Mary on October 7th, let us pray to our Lady of the Rosary for the sick.
Hail Mary, full of grace. The Lord is with you.
Blessed are you among women and blessed is the fruit of your womb, Jesus.
Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners now and the hour of our death. Amen.
Submitted by Sr. Janice Fournier, p.m.