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PRAY WITH MONICA:                                                                                                                          A SCRIPTURAL ROSARY WITH THE HOLY ANGELS

 

It is a pearl of great price, the centerpiece of Marian devotion---the holy rosary. By the same token, it remains at the very backbone of Catholic prayer life, it's power and efficacy legendary among the faithful. In our own home, we prefer praying what is now widely known as a Scriptural Rosary. (To avoid wading into any controversy regarding the use of the word, "scriptural" here is applied in its widest sense and most popular usage.) The name in the title--Pray with Monica--is simply my daughter's name; in addition, as formulated, the intent is for a prayer devotion joined to the unceasing praise of the heavenly hosts and all the Holy Angels through Mary, Queen of Heaven! This project was originally started as a blog on many good intentions more than a year ago, and added to in fits and starts afterwards in the same spirit; in anticipation of the Feast of the Anunciation last March 25, however, its final completion took on greater intensity!

 

Certainly, I will be the first to admit that regular practice and mastery of a personal rosary devotion is hard to come by for individuals, even more so, for modern families. Alas this is true, generally, regardless and notwithstanding the honored tradition made popular by Father Patrick Peyton: A family that prays together stays together! Indeed daily rosary practice has been challenging for me personally, as well as, in our efforts to make it a part of our prayer devotion at home especially within the context of the popular culture and, still is, I'm afraid, a work in progress.

 

The inspiration for our very own "scriptural" rosary was born out of these very reasons: to aid in our own fledgling efforts to pray the family rosary daily. Being Catholic, that is, relying largely on the original basic catechism of my early childhood and the bits and pieces of theology picked up from Sunday mass attendance (but with more than a healthy helping of God's grace in action thrown in), we managed to come up with our very own version---a short one!

 

Having started reading up for the blog on the topic of our family project, I stumbled on an apostolic letter from the late and now Pope Saint John Paul II (JP the Great to me!). While reading the same, I actually had an epiphany of sorts (no doubt a direct fruit of his charism) bringing me at his leading and, at long last, to an understanding of the rosary as a prayer of contemplation and meditation in Christ. In particular---what is known as a scriptural rosary---is, simply and truly, a meditation on and contemplation of the life of Christ as told to us in scripture.

 

The Apostolic Letter, Rosarium Virginis Mariæ, of the Supreme Pontiff John Paul II to the Bishops, Clergy, and Faithful on the Most Holy Rosary, celebrates it as "an echo of the prayer of Mary, her perennial Magnificat for the work of the redemptive Incarnation which began in her virginal womb." (boldtype mine) Of course, Mary's humble response at that incomparable instant when God steps into our very own nature and humanity following her luminous, unequivocal assent continuous to resound: Let it be...(Lk 1:3 [] Pope St. John Paul II honors Mary calling her the "model of contemplation," elevating the rosary to an ideal prayer to reflect and meditate on Christ: "an exquisitely contemplative prayer!" Indeed, who else best contemplated Jesus but Mary; and so who, indeed, can best lead us to Jesus, but Mary! Rightly, our late, sainted Pope reminds us to look back, this time at the other end of Jesus' life, to that singular moment at the foot of the cross: "...'Behold, your Mother!'..." (Jn 19:27)

 

The late Holy Father also points out that the rosary is "a compendium of the Gospel," reminding us that its prayers---starting with the 15 Mysteries, as well as, the Hail and Holy Mary's---all hearken to memorable or momentuous events in Christ's life, thus either point back or lead to Christ, and is, in fact, Christological and Christocentric. At the same token, he gently chides us though, quoting scripture: "...'In praying do not heap up empty phrases as the Gentiles do; for they think they will be heard for their many words' (Mt 6:7). By its nature the recitation of the Rosary calls for a quiet rhythm and a lingering pace..." Also he turns our attention to the saints, disciples all, true to their calling who each specially chose the way of the rosary as a path to holiness, among them: Saint Louis Marie Grignion de Montfort, Padre Pio of Pietrelcina, and specifically, Blessed Bartolo Longo who exclaimed, "Whoever spreads the Rosary is saved!" Of course, remarking on his own path of contemplation, Pope St. John Paul II quips: "What is needed is a Christian life distinguished above all in the art of prayer."

 

The following is our own family Scriptural Rosary: Let's Pray with Monica...

 

A Scriptural Rosary with the Holy Angels

 

 

In the name of the Father, and

of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, Amen.

 

 

 

(ACT OF CONTRITION)

O my God, I'm heartily sorry for having offended you...

 

 

 

(CREDO)

I believe in God...

 

 

 

(LEADER: Aloud) We pray in the words that Jesus, himself, taught us: (Matthew 6:9-13 and Luke 11:2-4)

(THE LORD'S PRAYER)

Our Father, who art in heaven...

(RESPONSE Give us this day our daily bread...

 

 

 

(LEADER: Aloud) We repeat the Anunciation of St. Gabriel to Mary at the very beginning of Jesus' life and her cousin's salutation (Luke 1: 28; 1: 42): ( to be said only before the First Hail Mary of a series)

(THE HAIL MARY 3X)

Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee...

 

 

 

(RESPONSE: Aloud) And we invoke that holy event at the other end of Jesus' life with Mary and John under the the foot of the cross (John 19:27): (to be said only before the First Holy Mary response of a series)

(THE HOLY MARY 3X)

Holy Mary, mother of God (and our mother), pray for us sinners...

 

 

 

(THE GLORY BE)

(may be said while making an optional Sign of the Cross)

(LEADER Glory be to the Father, and to the Son...

(RESPONSE As it was in the beginning...

 

 

 

(LEADER: Aloud, while meditating briefly, preferably, on scriptural verses of references on the mystery) The 1st (or whatever the case may be) JOYFUL/LUMINOUS/SORROWFUL/GLORIOUS MYSTERY is...

 

 

 

(LEADER: Aloud) We pray in the words that Jesus, himself, taught us (Matthew 6:9-13 and Luke 11:2-4):

(THE LORD'S PRAYER)

Our Father, who art in heaven...

(RESPONSE [] Give us this day our daily bread...


 

 

(LEADER: Aloud) We repeat the Anunciation of St. Gabriel to Mary at the very beginning of Jesus' life and her cousin's salutation (Luke 1: 28; 1: 42): (to be said only before the First Hail Mary of a series)

(THE HAIL MARY 10X)

Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee...


 

 

(RESPONSE: Aloud) And we invoke that holy event at the other end of Jesus' life with Mary and John under the the foot of the cross (John 19:27): (to be said only before the First Holy Mary response of a series)

(THE HOLY MARY 10X)

Holy Mary, mother of God (and our mother), pray for us sinners...

 

 


(THE GLORY BE)

(may be said while making an optional Sign of the Cross)

(Leader [] Glory be to the Father, and to the Son...

(Response [] As it was in the beginning...

 

 

 

(THE FATIMA PRAYER)

(Recited after every decade cycle)

O my Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fire of hell, lead all souls to heaven,

especially those who are in most need of Thy mercy.


 

 

(HAIL HOLY QUEEN)

Hail Holy Queen, Mother of Mercy, hail our lives, our sweetness and our hope...

 

Pray for us, O Holy Mother of God.

That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

 

 

 

LET US PRAY...

O God whose only begotten Son, By his life, death and resurrection...

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