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Did the Apostles Pray the Rosary? (First Novena to the Holy Spirit?) [Catholic Caucus]
CatholicExchange.com ^ | May 10th, 2010 | Shane Kapler

Posted on 05/10/2010 3:19:19 PM PDT by Salvation

Did the Apostles Pray the Rosary?

May 10th, 2010 by Shane Kapler

It sounds like a ridiculous question for me to pose. It’s common knowledge that the Rosary didn’t take shape for at least another thousand years! Something stood out to me the other night however, which makes me think that the “soul” of the Rosary was always present in the Apostles’ prayer.

Jesus’ instruction at the time of His ascension was, “not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the promise of the Father…before many days you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit.” And the Apostles did just that: “All these with one accord devoted themselves to prayer, together with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus , and with his brethren” (Acts 1:4-5, 14). That was how they spent the nine days between Jesus’ ascension and the descent of the Spirit on Pentecost.

Of what did their prayer consist? Petition, combined with a great deal of meditation (the “soul” of the Rosary) – thinking and rethinking the things Jesus had said to them, the actions and miracles they witnessed, the meaning of His death, resurrection, and ascension. It consisted of reflecting upon Scripture; when Jesus appeared to them on the night of His resurrection, He had “opened their minds to understand the scriptures…the law of Moses, the prophets and the psalms” and how they had been fulfilled in Him (Luke 24:44-45). And this meditation was being done in the presence of Mary. She was engaged in it with them. As John Paul II pointed out so beautifully:

Mary lived with her eyes fixed on Christ, treasuring his every word: “She kept all these things, pondering them in her heart” (Lk 2:19; cf. 2:51). The memories of Jesus, impressed upon her heart, were always with her, leading her to reflect on the various moments of her life at her Son’s side. In a way those memories were to be the “rosary” which she recited uninterruptedly throughout her earthly life (Rosarium Virginis Mariae , 11).

The Apostles spent nine days engaged in this with her, making the Church’s first novena. We can see the fruits that emerged – Peter’s move to replace the office left vacant by Judas’ defection emerged from his reflection upon the Psalms (Acts 1:20) and then the explosion of Scriptural insights he unleashed up the crowd at Pentecost! (Acts 2:16-41) Isn’t it likely that the Holy Spirit had been bringing key points of that first sermon to Peter’s consciousness throughout the nine days of prayer?

When we today pray the Rosary, when we recite the Hail Mary while meditating upon the events recounted in the gospels and Acts (the fifteen Mysteries), we enter into the Apostles’ experience. “With the Rosary, the Christian people sits at the school of Mary and is led to contemplate the beauty on the face of Christ and to experience the depths of his love” (Rosarium Virginis Mariae , 1). And by doing this regularly, daily, our souls grow and become progressively docile to the movement of the Holy Spirit. We receive not one, but several Pentecosts as our eyes open up onto new spiritual vistas and we find ourselves acting with a freedom and strength we imagined ourselves unable to attain. And rightly so – these things can only take root in souls that have been broken up and seeded, over time, through prayer. These souls are made ready for that moment when the Living Water rains down and causes the new life to burst forth out into the open.

We won’t see Pentecost without it. Jesus knows how we are made, and He knows how to “remake” us in His image; that was why He sent the Apostles back to the upper room. They needed to spend that time in prayer, in meditation…in the company of His Mother. My friends, almost two thousand years may have passed, but the prescription remains the same.

 
For the past 20 years Shane has been involved in the evangelistic and catechetical ministry of the Archdiocese of St. Louis. He is the author of The God Who is Love: Explaining Christianity From Its Center. He holds an M.A. in Speech-Language Pathology and is engaged in clinical practice with school-age children. He vehemently maintains, however, that his "best gig" is being the father of two.


TOPICS: Catholic; History; Prayer; Theology
KEYWORDS: catholic; catholiclist; prayer; rosary
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1 posted on 05/10/2010 3:19:19 PM PDT by Salvation
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**Petition, combined with a great deal of meditation (the “soul” of the Rosary) – thinking and rethinking the things Jesus had said to them, the actions and miracles they witnessed, the meaning of His death, resurrection, and ascension. It consisted of reflecting upon Scripture; when Jesus appeared to them on the night of His resurrection,**

Exactly what a Rosary is!!

Catholic Ping!


2 posted on 05/10/2010 3:20:21 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Salvation
Is not the Life of Christ laid out in the four sets of Mysteries of the Most Holy Rosary -- almost all with Biblical references????

The Mysteries of the Rosary

By tradition, Catholics meditate on these Mysteries during prayers of the Rosary.
The biblical references follow each of the Mysteries below.

The Joyful Mysteries
(Mondays and Saturdays)
1. The Annunciation (Luke 1:26-38) [Spiritual fruit - Humility]
2. The Visitation (Luke 1: 39-56) [Spiritual fruit - Love of Neighbor]
3. The Nativity (Luke 2:1-20) [Spiritual fruit - Poverty of Spirit]
4. The Presentation (Luke 2:21-38) [Spiritual fruit - Purity of mind & body]
5. The Finding of Jesus in the Temple (Luke 2:41-52) [Spiritual fruit - Obedience ]

The Luminous Mysteries or Mysteries of Light
(Thursdays) see Rosarium Virginis Mariae
1. Jesus' Baptism in the Jordan (II Corinthians 5:21, Matthew 3:17 and parallels) [Spiritual fruit - Gratitude for the gift of Faith]
2. Jesus' self-manifestation at the wedding of Cana (John 2:1- 12) [Spiritual fruit - Fidelity]
3. Jesus' proclamation of the Kingdom of God, with His call to conversion (Mark 1:15, Mark 2:3-13; Luke 7:47- 48, John 20:22-23) [Spiritual fruit - Desire for Holiness]
4. Jesus' Transfiguration (Luke 9:35 and parallels) [Spiritual fruit - Spiritual Courage]
5. Jesus' institution of the Eucharist, as the sacramental expression of the Paschal Mystery. (Luke 24:13-35 and parallels, 1 Corinthians 11:24-25) [Spiritual fruit - Love of our Eucharistic Lord]

The Sorrowful Mysteries
(Tuesdays and Fridays)
1. The Agony in the Garden (Matthew 26:36-46, Luke 22:39-46) [Spiritual fruit - God's will be done]
2. The Scourging at the Pillar (Matthew 27:26, Mark 15:15, John 19:1) [Spiritual fruit - Mortification of the senses]
3. The Crowning with Thorns (Matthew 27:27-30, Mark 15:16-20, John 19:2) [Spiritual fruit - Reign of Christ in our heart]
4. The Carrying of the Cross (Matthew 27:31-32, Mark 15:21, Luke 23:26-32, John 19:17) [Spiritual fruit - Patient bearing of trials]
5. The Crucifixion (Matthew 27:33-56, Mark 15:22-39, Luke 23:33-49, John 19:17-37) [Spiritual fruit - Pardoning of Injuries]

The Glorious Mysteries
(Wednesdays and Sundays)
1.The Resurrection (Matthew 28:1-8, Mark 16:1-18, Luke 24:1-12, John 20:1-29) [Spiritual fruit - Faith]
2. The Ascension (Mark 16:19-20, Luke 24:50-53, Acts 1:6-11) [Spiritual fruit - Christian Hope]
3. The Descent of the Holy Ghost (Acts 2:1-13) [Spiritual fruit - Gifts of the Holy Spirit]
4. The Assumption [Spiritual fruit - To Jesus through Mary]
5. The Coronation [Spiritual fruit - Grace of Final Perseverance]


3 posted on 05/10/2010 3:22:06 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Salvation
My friends, almost two thousand years may have passed, but the prescription remains the same.

Beautiful! My husband's confessor told him yesterday, that he and I must say the rosary "together" every day to get our kids back in church. And we are working very hard with this beautiful intercessory prayer to Mary toward achieving that goal ...


4 posted on 05/10/2010 3:32:28 PM PDT by mlizzy ("Do not wait for leaders; do it alone, person to person" --Mother Teresa.)
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To: Justice; Religion Moderator

This is a Catholic Caucus thread. Are you a Catholic? You don’t seem to be on my ping list.


6 posted on 05/10/2010 3:58:52 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Tzfat; Justice; Religion Moderator

Did you miss this post?

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-religion/2510720/posts?page=1#1


9 posted on 05/10/2010 4:06:17 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: CalvaryJohn

Say how old did you say you were? Ohhh you are the guy that use to fish with Moses...


11 posted on 05/10/2010 4:28:37 PM PDT by Irisshlass
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To: Salvation

They most certainly did pray “The Lord’s Prayer”. After all, he directly gave us that one in person.


13 posted on 05/10/2010 5:33:09 PM PDT by RedMDer (Throw them all out in 2010... Forward with Confidence! Forward!)
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To: Tzfat; Religion Moderator

>>LOL. Like I said, is this a Catholic board now? Who died and made you pope?<<

This is a Catholic Caucus thread. Click on the Religion Moderator’s page to find out the rules about it. Apparently you don’t know and no one called the mod to help you.

Yes, with a Caucus title, it is a Catholic thread.


14 posted on 05/10/2010 7:45:18 PM PDT by netmilsmom (I am inyenzi on the Religion Forum)
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To: Salvation

And three hours later those posts aren’t gone?


15 posted on 05/10/2010 7:46:28 PM PDT by netmilsmom (I am inyenzi on the Religion Forum)
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To: Salvation

Very interesting site. The Gospel of Saint Luke: A Rosary of Icons. BTW Salvation, Thanks for all of your posts.

http://vultus.stblogs.org/2008/10/the-gospel-of-saint-luke-a-ros.html


16 posted on 05/10/2010 8:06:02 PM PDT by RedMDer (Throw them all out in 2010... Forward with Confidence! Forward!)
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To: Salvation
I didn't know FR was allowing threads now where only the pinged were allowed to take part.

Why don't you post these in "religion" rather than the main FR screen? Otherwise other people are going to want their special "caucus" threads on various topics to be posted on the main screen also.

17 posted on 05/10/2010 8:58:53 PM PDT by Siena Dreaming
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To: Siena Dreaming
This thread is posted in the Religion Forum.

If you do not wish to see RF posts, do NOT use the "everything" option on the browse. Instead, browse by "News/Activism." When you log back in, the browse will reset to "everything" - so be sure to set it back to "News/Activism."

18 posted on 05/10/2010 9:01:39 PM PDT by Religion Moderator
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To: Salvation
Please add me to the ping list.
19 posted on 05/10/2010 9:02:18 PM PDT by grey_whiskers (The opinions are solely those of the author and are subject to change without notice.)
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To: CalvaryJohn; Religion Moderator

Are you a Catholic?

Did you miss this post?

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-religion/2510720/posts?page=1#1


20 posted on 05/10/2010 9:03:38 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: RedMDer

Thanks for that link. I’ve been looking for something like that!


21 posted on 05/10/2010 9:04:51 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Siena Dreaming

This is posted in the religion forum. You must have the view everything on.


22 posted on 05/10/2010 9:05:43 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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