How often, while meditating on the feasts in the Rosary, do we actually think of the feast days, AS feast days, except on the actual days that we celebrate them?
Come along with us and learn a bit more about each day of each of the feasts in the rosary, so our meditations will become enlivened even more with our knowledge increased and refreshed. Sometimes just being reminded of facts that we know is enough to enrich our thoughts and prayers.
First we will start off with October, the month dedicated to Our Lady and the month of the Rosary which of course contains the Feast of the Holy Rosary, October 7th.
Feast of the Rosary ~ Oct 7th
This Feast of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary, the all encompassing of all the feasts in the rosary, if you will, which is celebrated on October 7th, was initially established as the Feast of Our Lady of Victory and then established to commemorate the victory over the Turkish Islams in the Battle of Lepanto in October 1571. Originally it was celebrated on the first Sunday of October, then later was moved to it's own feast day of October 7th.
Feast Days Contained in the Joyful Mysteries of the Rosary:
Annunciation: March 25th
Visitation: July 2nd
Nativity: Dec 25th
Presentation of Our Lord in the Temple: Feb 2nd
Finding of Our Lord in the Temple: Feb 3rd
Feast Days Contained in the Sorrowful Mysteries of the Rosary:
Agony in the Garden: Holy Thursday
Scourging at the Pillar: Good Friday
Crowning with Thorns: Good Friday
Carrying of the Cross: Good Friday
Crucifixion and Death Of Our Lord: Good Friday
Feast Days Contained in the Glorious Mysteries of the Rosary
Resurrection of Our Lord: Easter Sunday
Ascension of Our Lord: Ascension Thursday
Descent of the Holy Ghost upon Our Lady and the Apostles: Pentecost Sunday
Assumption of Our Lady into Heaven Body and Soul: Aug 15th
Coronation of Our Lady as Queen of Heaven and Earth: Aug. 15th
As for what you are telling me concerning the recitation of the Rosary, it is a great pity! Because the prayers of the Rosary (15 decades) and "The Beads" (5 decades) are, after the Sacred Liturgy of the Eucharist, what unites us the most to God through the richness of the prayers which compose it, all coming from Heaven, dictated by the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost. The Gloria which we recite with all the mysteries, was dictated by the Father to the Angels when He sent them to sing near His Word Who had just been born, and it is a hymn to the Most Holy Trinity. The "Our Father" was dictated to us by the Son, and it is a prayer directed towards the Father. The "Hail Mary" in its entirety is impregnated with a Trinitarian and Eucharistic meaning: the first words were dictated by the Father to the Angel when He sent him to announce the mystery of the Incarnation of the Word: "Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with Thee." Thou art full of grace because in Thee resides the Fountain of that same grace. It is through Thy union with the Most Holy Trinity that Thou art full of grace.
Moved by the Holy Ghost, St. Elizabeth said: "Blessed art Thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of Thy Womb." If Thou art blessed, it is because Jesus, the Fruit of Thy Womb, is blessed. Moved by the Holy Ghost, the Church also has added: "Hail Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners now and at the hour of our death." ~ Sr. Lucy of Fatima in response to a friend when she learned there were some trying to keep others from saying the Rosary.
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