The following is written by Juniper B. Carol, O.F.M., Catholic Culture .org The Rosary had its origin in the liturgical mentality of former ages. Even at the present time it is called "Mary's Psalter." There still are Catholics who consider the 150* Hail Marys a substitute for the 150 psalms for those persons who neither have the time, the education, nor the opportunity to pray the Hours of the Divine Office. Thus "Mary's Psalter" is a shortened, simplified "breviary" — alongside the common Hour-prayer of the Church. — The Church's Year of Grace, Dr. Pius Parsch The Rosary is Christocentric [Christcentered] setting forth the entire life of Jesus Christ, the passion, death, resurrection and glory. Of course, the Rosary honors and contemplates Mary too, and rightly so, for the same reason that the Liturgical Year does likewise:
"Because of the mission she received from God, her life is most closely linked with the mysteries of Jesus Christ, and there is no one who has followed in the footsteps of the Incarnate Word more closely and with more merit than she"142 (Mediator Dei). Meditation on this cycle of Joyful, Sorrowful, Glorious and Luminous Mysteries makes the Rosary not only "a breviary or summary of the Gospel and of Christian life,"(Ingravescentibus malis) but also a compendium of the Liturgical Year. Therewith the Rosary stands revealed as a dynamic teacher and nurturer of Christian faith, morality, and spiritual perfection, fostering in various ways faith, hope, charity, and the other virtues, and mediating special graces, all to the end that we may become more and more like unto Christ. Praying the rosary can be a powerfully blessed experience and we may never fully understand how doing so can make a difference in our lives. What we believe as a people of God is that this beautiful devotional prayer calls upon our Blessed Mother Mary to intercede for us to her Son Jesus Christ. How blessed are we that our Mother Mary is an advocate for us as we grow closer to her Son. Take time this month to teach our children and grandchildren about the great tradition and gift of the rosary. Stop by the display of rosaries in the Gathering Place and pick up a rosary and the pamphlet that explains how to pray it. Then gather your family one evening or Sunday afternoon to teach, to learn how, and then to pray the rosary together. We can only imagine how Our Blessed Mother welcomes our prayers. In faith,
* Note: A full rosary does contain 150 Hail Marys; the rosary we pray is shortened and contains only 50 Hail Marys, well actually 53 including the beginning three. Many religious Sisters and Brothers in monasteries around the world continue to pray the full rosary when they gather to pray.
October 17, 2020
A July Faith Formation Series – Part IV – APOSTOLIC