Saturday, October 10, 2015

Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary

Have you ever wanted to give your mother the greatest gift that would honor her forever? Our Lord Jesus did exactly that through His Church in its approved apparitions and traditional titles for Our Lady. Throughout the centuries Our Lady has acquired great titles such as: the Immaculate Conception, Mother of God, Our Lady of Sorrows, Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Lady of Fatima, Our Lady of Lourdes and even the title of Queen of Heaven and earth. These are powerful titles given to Mary by the Church, but when it comes to one popular devotion, the rosary we call her Our Lady of the Rosary.

When people pray the rosary they always use Sacred Scripture to help them meditate on the lives of Jesus and Mary to help them deepen their relationship with Jesus through the intercession of His mother Mary. By praying the rosary people ask Mary to intercede on their behalf. In 1884 at Naples, Italy Our Lady appeared to Fortua Agrelli who was incurably sick and had fervently prayed the rosary. The Blessed Mother promised to restore her to health and said to her, “ Whoever wishes to receive favors from me should make three novenas of the prayers of the rosary in petition and three in thanksgiving.” (The Pieta Prayer Book, pg 43) This is now known as the 54 day Rosary Novena.

More recently, in 1917 at Fatima, Portugal, our Lady appeared to three shepherd children and said to them “I am the Lady of the Rosary.” She then asked the three children to pray the rosary every day to obtain peace for the world. Is this not a great gift from our Mother herself ? By praying the rosary everyday, we are asking Mary our Mother to intercede on our behalf to help us draw closer to her son Jesus and to pray with her for the salvation of the world. So on October 7, let us pray the rosary to celebrate Our Lady of the Rosary, so that we as her children can give our mother a gift that she will cherish.

The rosary is the most powerful weapon to touch the Heart of Jesus, Our Redeemer, who so loves His Mother.”- St. Louis de Monfort