October 10, 2021
Traditionally, October is dedicated to the Holy Rosary. Over the centuries, much has been written in praise of this popular devotion. When one thinks of a devotional practice in honor of the Virgin Mary, the Rosary immediately comes to mind. While it does not enjoy the supreme value that the Holy Mass and other liturgical prayer possess, we can say that the Rosary is a very powerful devotion because it intimately unites us to the life of Jesus Christ as it is joined to the life of Mary.
St. John Paul II had great respect for the Rosary and encouraged the Christian faithful to avail themselves of the great graces this prayer obtains for those who pray it. As a testament of his great love for the Rosary, St. John Paul II composed an Apostolic Letter in which he enumerated the many spiritual benefits associated with this devotion. As a means of ‘bridging the gap’ so to speak, of the events in Christ’s life between the Joyful and the Sorrowful Mysteries, Pope John Paul proposed five Mysteries of Light that can be said on Thursdays. These Luminous Mysteries focus our attention and contemplation on the Public Ministry of Jesus and include the following events in Christ’s life: The Baptism of Jesus, The Wedding at Cana, Jesus’ Proclamation of God’s Kingdom, The Transfiguration, and The Institution of the Holy Eucharist. The Pope stated in his letter that, “This addition of these new mysteries is meant to give the rosary fresh life and to enkindle renewed interest in its place within Christian spirituality”.
Here at Assumption, the Rosary is prayed publicly each day after the 8:30am Mass. Also, there are many parishioners who make rosaries that are distributed in schools, hospitals, and the foreign missions. We take this opportunity to thank them for efforts which bring consolation to so many.
During October, let’s take time to say the Rosary each day. Our Lady promises that it is well worth the effort not only for ourselves, but for the world as well.