Friday, October 1, 2010

Crown Of Roses


October is the month dedicated to the Holy Rosary. The Church celebrates the feast of Our Lady of the Rosary on October 7. The word rosary means crown of roses. This beautiful and powerful prayer was given to St Dominic by the Blessed Virgin. She also made 15 promises to Dominic and all who would pray this prayer.
While I am not very good at saying the rosary daily, I do try to pray it often. It has played a profound role in my reversion and in the healing from my abortion. I like to think of my time spent praying this prayer as praying not only to our Blessed Mother, but also praying with her.
I quote Fr. John Corapi often, and do so again. He is known for saying that "In praying the Rosary we pray the Gospel; Jesus is at the center of the Rosary." Meditating on the mysteries will draw us deeper into the life of Christ.  She will guide us in our prayer and always lead us to her Son.
In our difficult and troubled times, we need this prayer perhaps more than ever. The devil hates this prayer because he knows the power of it. Padre Pio would often say to his bothers: "Bring me my weapon!" The rosary is a powerful weapon against evil; Our Lady has armed us well through her gift of this prayer.
During this month dedicated to the Holy Rosary, let us answer our Blessed Mother's call to battle. Let us take up our beaded weapon and pray for peace, for life, and for a return to God for our country.
 "O my Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of hell, lead all souls to Heaven, especially those who have most need of your mercy."

4 comments:

Daily Grace said...

Karinann,

Thank you so much for starting your October postings with this beautiful tribute to Our Lady and the Holy Rosary.

"The rosary is a powerful weapon against evil; Our Lady has armed us well through her gift of this prayer." ...I like this so much that I have copied it and will post it on my Facebook page for all my kids and relatives to see and remember!

Peace and blessings to you this day.

Mary333 said...

The Rosary is one of my favorite devotions. Even before my conversion I would occasionally pick up the beads my mother got for me in Medjugorje and pray Hail Mary's on them. I would skip the Apostle's Creed back then because I had forgotten the words to it! I did remember the Our Father and Glory Be, though. Some things you can never forget :)
One of the first things I did after my conversion was learn the Creed! Our Lady has brought much healing to my life through the Rosary, too. I agree, it's powerful!

Daily Grace said...

I shared your link too....I wanted them to read the entire post it is just so wonderful!

Karinann said...

Daily Grace- Thank you for your comments and the links on your facebook page. I am glad the post touched you. Just my small way of spreading devotion to Our Lady and this powerful prayer.

Mary- I had to relearn the Apostles Creed as well- even now, I sometimes find myself combining the Apostle's and the Nicene Creed :)
Blessings to you both!

Closing Prayer

Psalm 45: Canticle of Love to the King

My heart overflows with a good theme;
I address my verses to the King;
My tongue is the pen of a ready writer.
You are fairer than the sons of men;
Grace is poured upon Your lips;
Therefore God has blessed You forever.

Gird Your sword on Your thigh, O Mighty One,
In Your splendor and Your majesty!
And in Your majesty ride on victoriously,
For the cause of truth and meekness and righteousness;
Let Your right hand teach You awesome things.
Your arrows are sharp;
The peoples fall under You;
Your arrows are in the heart of the King’s enemies.

Your throne, O God, is forever and ever;
A scepter of uprightness is the scepter of Your kingdom.
You have loved righteousness and hated wickedness;
Therefore God, Your God, has anointed You
With the oil of joy above Your fellows.
All Your garments are fragrant with myrrh and aloes and cassia;
Out of ivory palaces stringed instruments have made You glad.
Kings’ daughters are among Your noble ladies;
At Your right hand stands the queen in gold from Ophir.