Sunday, October 5, 2014

Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary - October 7

October 7 is the Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary. And the whole month of October is the month of the Rosary. So now is a an excellent time to recommit yourself to this wonderful devotion to our Lord Jesus Christ and His Blessed Mother, Mary.

During the last year, I joined the Confraternity of the Most Holy Rosary, whose website explains:
The Rosary Confraternity is a spiritual association (of the Catholic Church), the members of which strive to pray the entire Rosary during the course of each week. They form a union of countless hundreds of thousands of the faithful throughout the world who, along with their own intentions, include the intentions and needs of all its members, while they in turn pray for them.
Praying the entire Rosary means praying the fifteen decades of the Joyful, Sorrowful, and Glorious Mysteries once a week. Members are encouraged to pray the Luminous Mysteries each week as well. 15 decades a week is something that we can all do. It only means praying 2 decades for six days of the week, and three decades once a week. This could be a decade in the morning, and a decade in the evening; perhaps one on the way to work, and one on the way back; or one while driving the kids to school or to the store, and one on the way back. And over time, you may find that you're ready to pray a full five decades a day, and maybe add in the five Luminous Mysteries as well.

Of course, the goal of the Rosary is not to tally as many Our Father's and Hail Mary's as one can. The goal is to draw closer to Mary and her divine Son, Jesus Christ. And this is precisely what happens as we meditate on the 20 mysteries, day after day over the course of our lives. One way to aid us in our prayer is by meditating on a beautiful image of sacred art. This can help us to concentrate on the particular mystery that we are praying. It was with this in mind that I developed the Sacred Art Series Rosary Book, available for purchase here.

Saint Louis De Montfort's wonderful book, the Secret of the Rosary, offers many other great suggestions for improving one's devotion to the Rosary and for praying the Rosary with greater fervor and attention. (A print version of De Montfort's Secret of the Rosary is available here.)

Lastly, here is the image that I used for the Sacred Art Series Rosary Book, the Fifteen Mysteries and the Virgin of the Rosary, by Nethlandish Painter (possibly Goswijn van der Weyden), which is featured at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.

Our Lady of the Rosary, pray for us!