October is the month of the Rosary – pray with us

The month of the Rosary

“The rosary is the book of the blind, where souls see and there enact the greatest drama of love the world has ever known; it is the book of the simple, which initiates them into mysteries and knowledge more satisfying than the education of other men; it is the book of the aged, whose eyes close upon the shadow of this world, and open on the substance of the next. The power of the rosary is beyond description.”   Archbishop Fulton Sheen

In the life of the Church, October is the month designated to celebrate the Rosary, meaning a “crown of roses,” a spiritual bouquet given to the Blessed Mother. The roots of the Rosary can be traced back to St. Dominic de Guzman (1170-1221), founder of the Order of Preachers or Dominicans. He asked Mary for her powerful intercession in his missionary work because the Albigensian heresy was devasting the Faith in Europe. Our Lady gave St. Dominic the Rosary as a tool to combat heresy and sin. St. Dominic became a great promoter of the Rosary.

The Rosary form evolved over the next 400 years. As early as the 200s, it is said that the faithful would gather outside monasteries to listen to the monks chant the 150 Psalms prayed by the monks in the Liturgy of the Hours. The 150 “Hail Mary” prayers of the Rosary gave the faithful a similar consistent manner of prayer. Eventually, the “Our Father” prayers were added to break up the “Hail Mary” prayers into groups of ten (decades) and mysteries for meditation were included. 

In 1569, Pope St. Pius V approved the Rosary as we know it. In 2002, Pope John Paul II added the Luminous mysteries as a fourth set. 

In Sacred Heart of Jesus parish, the Rosary will be prayed before all Masses. Throughout the next few weeks, complimentary Rosaries will be available for all parish households in the Narthex. Please help yourself and join us by praying at least one decade each day during the month.

Give God His due    

“Then repay to Caesar what belongs to Caesar and to God what belongs to God.’”                                                 (Matthew 22:21)

Jesus knew that the pharisees were not sincere in their question about paying taxes, but were hoping he would say something unlawful and treasonous so he could be arrested. Instead, Jesus used visual aids to tell them (and us) that we owe obedience to just laws and are right to submit to earthly authority. 

However, we are also obligated to submit to God’s authority and give him what is rightly due. In fact, we owe God our lives, our existence. We are obligated not to a despotic ruler but to our Heavenly Father who loves us and wishes only our good. 

Join the national Election Day novena

For nine consecutive days, Monday, October 26 through Tuesday, November 3, all Catholics in the United States are be encouraged to pray one Our Father, Hail Mary, and Glory Be for the health and wellbeing of our country during the last of election season. A closing prayer for elected leaders will be offered on day 10, Wednesday, November 4. 

You can find the daily intentions, signup to receive the novena intentions daily by email, and download graphics for each day’s intention for use on social media on https://www.usccb.org/2020-election-novena. You will also find resources to help you learn how to respond to our call to be faithful citizens.

To learn how to pray the Rosary, click here: Rosary instructions  Or, download instructions here The Rosary

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