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Benedict XVI Promotes Rosary in Fatima [Catholic Caucus] ^ | MAY 12, 2010 |

Posted on 05/13/2010 7:04:14 PM PDT by Salvation

Benedict XVI Promotes Rosary in Fatima

Notes Mary's Participation in Our Lives

FATIMA, Portugal, MAY 12, 2010 ( Benedict XVI is encouraging the faithful to imitate Mary in her surrender to the will of God, recommending the rosary as a method to contemplate her participation in our lives today.

The Pope reflected on Our Lady's role and the rosary today during a pilgrimage at the Fatima Shrine. The Holy Father is in Portugal for the second day of a four-day trip.

Thousands of faithful lined the esplanade of the shrine, carrying candles that illumined the night already fallen. Their pilgrimage is the traditional greeting for the May 13 feast of Our Lady of Fatima, this year made more special because it will mark the 10th anniversary of Pope John Paul II's beatification of Jacinta and Francisco, two of the three shepherd children who were visited by Our Lady.

"All of you, standing together with lighted candles in your hands, seem like a sea of light around this simple chapel, lovingly built to the honor of the Mother of God and our mother, whose path from earth to heaven appeared to the shepherd children like a way of light," Benedict XVI said.

The Pontiff went on to speak of this light we and Mary possess. "Neither Mary nor we have a light of our own: We receive it from Jesus. His presence within us renews the mystery and the call of the burning bush which once drew Moses on Mount Sinai and still fascinates those aware of the light within us which burns without consuming us," he said. "We are merely a bush, but one upon which the glory of God has now come down."

The Pope said that in our day, "in which the faith in many places seems like a light in danger of being snuffed out for ever," the highest priority is "to make God visible in the world and to open to humanity a way to God."

"Do not be afraid to talk of God and to manifest without fear the signs of faith, letting the light of Christ shine in the presence of the people of today," he urged.

Gazing upon Jesus

The Holy Father also noted how at Fatima, there came a repeated request to pray the rosary.

"The recitation of the rosary allows us to fix our gaze and our hearts upon Jesus, just like his Mother, the supreme model of contemplation of the Son," he explained. "[...] [L]et us contemplate the intimate participation of Mary in the mystery of our life in Christ today, a life which is also made up of joy and sorrow, of darkness and light, of fear and hope."

The Pope led the pilgrims in praying the glorious mysteries of the rosary, beginning the prayers in Latin, as the faithful answered in their own languages, to highlight the Church's universality.

At the beginning, the bishop of Leiria-Fatima, António dos Santos Marto, gave the Pontiff the first official rosary of Fatima. It is fashioned from gold with topaz stones.

A note from the shrine explains that the gold "does not change and calls to mind the color of the sun, a symbol the Church associates with Christ." The topaz, meanwhile, "enables the blue light of the heavens to pass through it, clean and deep, the color that tradition associates with the figure of Mary."

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Pray the Rosary. 
Pray without ceasing.

1 posted on 05/13/2010 7:04:15 PM PDT by Salvation
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To: nickcarraway; Lady In Blue; NYer; ELS; Pyro7480; livius; Catholicguy; RobbyS; markomalley; ...

Pray the Rosary Ping!

2 posted on 05/13/2010 7:04:59 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Salvation
Pray a Rosary each day for our nation.

Pray the Rosary

1.  Sign of the Cross:  In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.  Amen.

2.  The Apostles Creed:  I BELIEVE in God, the Father almighty, Creator of heaven and earth. I believe in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord. He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried. He descended to the dead. On the third day He rose again. He ascended into heaven and sits at the right hand of God, the Father Almighty. From thence He shall come to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.

3.  The Lord's Prayer:  OUR Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. Amen.

4. (3) Hail Mary:  HAIL Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee. Blessed art thou amongst women and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now, and in the hour of our death. Amen. (Three times)

5. Glory Be:  GLORY be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit. As it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever. Amen.

Fatima Prayer: Oh, my Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of hell, lead all souls to heaven, especially those in most need of your mercy.

Announce each mystery, then say 1 Our Father, 10 Hail Marys, 1 Glory Be and 1 Fatima prayer.  Repeat the process with each mystery.

End with the Hail Holy Queen:

Hail, Holy Queen, Mother of Mercy, our life, our sweetness and our hope! To thee do we cry, poor banished children of Eve! To thee do we send up our sighs, mourning and weeping in this vale of tears! Turn then, most gracious advocate, thine eyes of mercy towards us; and after this, our exile, show unto us the blessed fruit of thy womb, Jesus!

O clement, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary! Pray for us, O holy Mother of God, that we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

Final step -- The Sign of the Cross


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 05/13/2010 7:11:10 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Salvation

The Rosary is approximately 15 minutes of peace and no one can go wrong reciting it.

4 posted on 05/13/2010 7:46:51 PM PDT by Venturer
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To: Venturer

And the greatest weapon ever.

5 posted on 05/13/2010 8:34:11 PM PDT by Irisshlass
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To: Irisshlass; Venturer
The Importance of the Meditated Holy Rosary -- What the Popes have to say [Catholic Caucus]
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The Lord Is with Thee

Rosary of Our Lady's Tears(Catholic Prayer Thread)
The Fruits of the Mysteries of the Rosary
The Family Rosary [Try it for Lent!] (Catholic Caucus)
History of the Scriptural Rosary - Meditating on The Word
Rosary Resurgence [Ecumenical]
Beginning Catholic: How to Pray the Rosary: Contemplating Christ With Mary [Ecumenical]
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The Rosary and Orthodoxy
Father Benedict Groeschel on the Rosary
Catholic Caucus: The Holy Rosary
The Power of the Rosary - A Weapon Against Terrorism
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Papal Address on the Rosary as a Weapon of Peace
Very simple guide to praying/learning the Rosary
October: Month of the Holy Rosary

6 posted on 05/13/2010 8:42:31 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Salvation

Thanks Salvation...lots of interesting reading for me..this link a ladder from earth to Heaven. When my daughter was very small, first grade, she said Mom, I had a dream last night there was a golden ladder in the backyard and I climbed up it and went to Heaven and saw Jesus and Mary. She then asked if she could spend the night and they said yes, she didn’t remember anything after that, other than falling asleep on a big puffy bed. She drew the picture of Mary, rosary and all. I remember also watching Mother Angelica around that time and she said, there are alot of children seeing things today. :)

7 posted on 05/13/2010 9:41:24 PM PDT by Irisshlass
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To: Irisshlass; Salvation

That is a very beautiful story!

Say, do either of you remember the bumper sticker, it said something like “Go to mass, pray the rosary, listen to your mother!” A bunch of us local moms had them on our bumpers...

8 posted on 05/13/2010 10:02:44 PM PDT by Judith Anne (Holy Mary, Mother of God, please pray for us sinners now and at the hour of our death.)
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To: Irisshlass

What a story! How old is your daughter now? Does she still remember it?

9 posted on 05/13/2010 10:15:15 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Irisshlass

What a blessing - both for her as she experienced it and for you as you shared her experience!

10 posted on 05/14/2010 5:55:29 AM PDT by nanetteclaret (Unreconstructed Catholic Texan)
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To: Judith Anne

No..LOL I need one of those bumper stickers! LOL

11 posted on 05/14/2010 7:23:56 AM PDT by Irisshlass
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To: Salvation

She is 23 and still in school...I don’t know if she remembers it, I will have to ask. When I saw your link I remembered the dream she had. I have another one in school too, she is getting brainwashed by her liberal professors...generally it is a weekly argument or debate, errrrrrr LOL

12 posted on 05/14/2010 7:44:22 AM PDT by Irisshlass
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To: nanetteclaret

It truly was a blessing :)

13 posted on 05/14/2010 7:53:31 AM PDT by Irisshlass
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To: Salvation

The link..a ladder from Earth to Heaven...why is it called the Protestant rosary? I’ve never heard that before.

14 posted on 05/14/2010 8:15:54 PM PDT by Irisshlass
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