Wednesday, 8 October 2014

October 7, 2014 Feast of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary

The Queen of Heaven's Rosary

History of a Binding Prayer:

This Feast of "Our Lady of the Rosary" was instituted by Pope Saint Pius 5th on the anniversary of the naval battle at Lepanto (1571) on the 7th of October. It was said that the Christians were victorious because of the "Help" of the Holy Mother of God, invoked by the saying of the Rosary.

Devotion to the Rosary through the Ages:

Our Lady at various times has appeared and requested that her Rosary be said for specific causes. Many centuries ago she appeared to Saint Dominic and encouraged the recitation of the Rosary to overcome a great heresy at that time. Saint Dominic preached the recitation of the Rosary and the heresy was overcome.

The past is full of records of devotion to the Rosary. Louis Pasteur, the great benefactor of humanity and a man of unquestionable learning and wisdom, was also remarkable for his deep faith. Many a time, while waiting for a train at a station he used those free moments to recite his Rosary. Instead, of losing time in idle conversation he preferred praying to his Heavenly Mother.

Our Lady's Promise to Fortuna Agrelli :

In the year 1884, in Naples Italy an Italian girl 19 years old named Fortuna Agrelli lay on a bed of intense suffering. She had been in that condition for more than a year and was now pronounced hopeless by her doctors.

Her Family therefore began a Novena of Rosaries to beg the Mother of God to cure her. After a few days the Queen of Heaven appeared to the dying girl, in company with Saint Dominic and Saint Catherine of Siena. In her left arm, the Holy Virgin held the Infant Jesus and in her right hand a Rosary.

The girl exclaimed eagerly "O Queen of the Holy Rosary, cure me !!" The Blessed Virgin answered, "Because you invoke me by that title so pleasing to me, I cannot refuse you. Make three Rosary Novenas, and you shall obtain what you ask and make it known to everybody that whoever desires to obtain favours from me should make three Rosary Novenas and three more in thanksgiving.

Remember that the title "Queen of the Holy Rosary" is most precious and dear to me.

Needless to say, Fortuna Agrelli was soon completely cured. Pope Leo 13th was so deeply impressed by this incident that no fewer than twenty encyclicals came from his pen during his lifetime urging the clergy and the faithful to love and recite the Rosary everyday.

Contemporary Perspective :

Today's celebration (October 7th) urges all to meditate on the mysteries of Christ, following the example of the Blessed Virgin Mary who was in a special manner associated at the Incarnation, Public Ministry, Passion, and Glorious Resurrection of the Son of God.

Jesus Christ came on  earth because he wanted to be understood, to be seen, to be pondered. But How ?? You may ask.

I answer : "Lying in a manger, resting on his Mother's lap, preaching on the Mount, spending nights in prayer; or hanging on the cross, the pallor of death on his face like one forsaken among the dead, overruling the powers of hell; or rising again on the third day, showing the Apostles the print of the nails, the sign of victory, and finally ascending from their sight into heaven".

The 20 Mysteries are real visions that summarise Our Lord's Life under the headings of Joy, Sorrow, Light, and Glory.

The best way to grasp their full richness is to see them through the heart of the one who was closest to him, "Our Blessed Mother".

The Process is equal to a perfect orchestration: The Main Theme keeps on repeating itself in different variations, all laced together by the recurring refrain. Indeed Jesus Christ, the greatest of themes ever in the repetition of every Hail Mary appears in his life's facets: Son of God and of Our Lady; born in a stable ..... presented to the Temple .... dying on the Cross on Calvary; gloriously risen etc.

The Rosary, therefore is not a prayer for the lazy who do not know what to say; it is instead a binding prayer, binding us to follow in imitation of Our Lady, and specially Our Lord who is the way, truth, and life. Only then our life will take on the right transformation.

Reciting the Rosary is a must:

The old tradition of reciting the Rosary in the Family is a "MUST". Instead of spending endless hours as silent spectators of the profane altar of the T.V. ; the pious recitation of the Rosary will be the binding prayer that will keep us knit together. "The Family that prays together stays together".

Conclusion:

October is the Month of the Holy Rosary. Make it part of your daily life. It can be said during a few spare minutes at home or in church, on the train, on the bus, or while driving to work or while one is at the super market.

Gather your family about you, mothers and fathers in the evening for the recitation of the family Rosary. Make October truly Mary's Month of the Holy Rosary and she will take care of you and yours.

Credits:
1. Don Bosco's Madonna Mumbai October 1975 No. 434 Page 3

2. Don Bosco's Madonna Mumbai October 1986 No. 566 Pages 3, 20, and 21. (A Binding Prayer on Pages 20 and 21).

3. Don Bosco's Madonna Mumbai October 2010 Vol - 12 No 6. The Queen of Heaven's Rosary by Crusader of the Divine Child Page 28.



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