Born during the pandemic out of a desire to end isolation in our community, the group brings together people who pray the Rosary together via Zoom every day, either in the morning at 7:00 a.m. or in the evening at 9:00 p.m. Open to everyone, this activity helps build links between parishioners and support each other in times of joy and sadness.
How do we pray the Rosary?
he Rosary starts with the following prayers: 1 I believe in God, 1 Our Father and 3 Hail Marys. After this there are 5 decades, each consisting of 1 Our Father, followed by 10 Hail Marys and ending with 1 Glory be to the Father. It includes twenty “mysteries” (events, significant moments) of the life of Jesus and Mary that are celebrated in the Liturgy. Then after the 5 decades say a Hail Holy Queen (Salve Regina) and the prayer of protection to St. Michael the Archangel. At the end of the rosary, you could also recite the Litanies of Loreto, or another Marian prayer. As with any prayer, the rosary begins and ends with a sign of the cross.
The first rosary includes: the Joyful Mysteries (Monday and Saturday)
The second the Mysteries of Light or Luminous Mysteries (Thursday)
The third the Sorrowful Mysteries (Tuesday and Friday)
The fourth the Glorious Mysteries (Wednesday and Sunday)
Each mystery is based on a passage from the Holy Scriptures
The Rosary is my favorite prayer
– Pope Saint John-Paul Paul II
In order to discover the beauty of the Rosary, we recommend reading the Apostolic Letter Rosarium Virginis Mariae written in 2002 by Saint John Paul II. Here is how he introduces us to this Marian prayer:
“The Rosary, though clearly Marian in character, is at heart a Christocentric prayer. In the sobriety of its elements, it has all the depth of the Gospel message in its entirety, of which it can be said to be a compendium. It is an echo of the prayer of Mary, her perennial Magnificat for the work of the redemptive Incarnation which began in her virginal womb. 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. Through the Rosary the faithful receive abundant grace, as though from the very hands of the Mother of the Redeemer.”
The recommendation of Our Lady of Fatima:
Pray the rosary every day to obtain peace in the world.
– Our Lady of Fatima