One Million Rosaries for Unborn Babies

The Saint Michael the Archangel Organization from Memphis, TN is once again promoting their annual One Million Rosaries for Unborn Babies prayer event taking place May 6th, 7th, and 8th.  As of today, 8,905 rosaries have been pledged for this year.  They need many more people participating in their spiritual battle to end abortion in this country an throughout the world.  Would you consider joing their prayerful crusade against the wickedness of abortion?  Click here to register for this year’s event!

My Broken Rosary

My Broken Rosary

 By Karen Edmisten

     It was November, just before Thanksgiving and I was at the doctor’s office.  I was pregnant, and cautiously hoping I would carry this baby to term.  Though we had two beautiful children, after multiple miscarriages I took nothing for granted.  The image on the ultrasound screen was not what it should have been.      

     “I’m concerned it may be an ectopic pregnancy,” said my obstetrician, “but this early, an ultrasound can fool us.”  He told me to come back in five days: “A few days can make a huge difference in what we see.”  He did his best to assure me that all would be well.      

     I left the office feeling frightened and terribly sad.  I was seven weeks along; we should have seen a heartbeat.  The possibility that all was well seemed remote.  I prayed; I hoped; but I feared.

     Five days later, the picture did look different.  There was no sign of trouble in the fallopian tube, and the baby was indeed in the womb.  Still, we could not detect a heartbeat.  My doctor wanted to try one more ultrasound in a few more days — couldn’t we have miscalculated the date of conception, he wondered?  Not likely, I said, for a couple who knows the fine points of Natural Family Planning as well as we do. Given my history, I feared the worst.  I reported the news to my closest friends with great sadness.  “No heartbeat,” was all I could say.  My friends offered me prayers, comfort and shoulders to cry on. 

    

     But I had one friend who remained upbeat.  “Hang on until the next ultrasound,” she urged.  “We have no idea what God has in store for your little one.  Pray to Our Lady of Guadalupe, the protector of the unborn.”     

     Of course — Our Lady of Guadalupe! And so began the rosaries, asking for her intercession.  A few days later, I received a beautiful rosary in the mail — it was a gift from a pro-life organization to which we had donated, and it bore the image of Our Lady of Guadalupe.  My heart jumped, and I dared to hope this was a sign of an impending miracle.     

     The next day, on our way out of the house to go to the doctor’s office, my four year old begged to hold the pretty rosary.  I handed it to her as we drove to the home of a friend who would watch the kids during my appointment.  When we arrived at my friend’s, the rosary was in pieces.  “I’m sorry, Mama,” my little girl said.  “It broke.”  She clutched a few beads and links and looked at me sadly.      

     “It’s okay,” I told her.  “Things break.  You didn’t mean to.”

     But inside, I feared that my “sign” had broken too.  I had been hoping and trusting in my prayers to Our Lady of Guadalupe and now the rosary, that unexpected gift that prompted me to hope for a miracle, was in pieces.    

     Later, at the doctor’s office, the final news came.  No growth… no heartbeat… no sign of life.  Blood tests over the next week confirmed that the levels of pregnancy hormone had dropped; the baby had died.    

     In my grief, I forgot for a time about my broken rosary, but then a strange thing happened.  Though I mourned our lost child, circumstances surrounding the miscarriage led to some resolution regarding an old and very painful emotional wound.   In other words, had I not miscarried, I would not have been healed of this old wound.  What an amazing grace, I thought, and I thanked God for what He had done for me through the short life and the death of my child.      

     It was then that I remembered the rosary.  As I pieced it back together, I found that I had been able to save nearly all of it.  One decade was missing two beads, and my tinkering with the links left it looking a bit crooked, but it was repaired.     

     Gazing at it, I was struck by the incongruity.  This once-perfect thing was now bent, crooked and imperfect, yet still beautiful.  It was like us, like our lives.  Though we were made in the perfect image of God, we are bent and crooked with original sin; even after baptism we are still crippled by its after-effects.  We stumble through this life tarnishing the perfect image, while our Lord repeatedly tinkers with us, repairs us, and heals us.       

     I remembered my sinking feeling when I saw that the rosary had been broken, how I felt all my hopes instantly dashed.  I had imagined that the gift of the rosary meant that I would receive the gift of my baby.  What I received instead — the healing — was a great gift that I could not have predicted.  I couldn’t have known how beautifully the Lord would use my child to heal me; I couldn’t have known how this unexpected rosary would become the symbol of God’s work in a  broken part of my life. Now, when I pray with my broken rosary, I think of my baby and I know that my friend was right — we had no idea what God had in store for my little one.  He is always, ineffably, and so unexpectedly, making crooked ways straight.

The Rosary and the Battle of Lepanto

The Rosary and the Battle of Lepanto

At various times in history, the rosary has been cited as a decisive factor in the outcome of significant battles. The fight for control of the Mediterranean and the conquest of Europe was one of them. The Battle of Lepanto, in 1571, would be the largest naval engagement since the Battle of Actium in 30 B.C. To the mind and eyes of the world, it seemed as if the Turks, or Moslems, would have a decisive victory. Pope Pius V, a former aesthetic and devout Dominican monk, blessed the mission fleet led by Don Juan, the half brother of Philip II of Spain, instructing him to take no evil sailors and requested that the faithful pray the rosary unceasingly.

When Don Juan heard that Cyprus had fallen to the Moslems and that all prisoners were being tortured and executed, he pulled up anchor and headed directly to the Gulf of Lepanto to engage the enemy. Ali Pasha commanded the Turkish fleet of 330 ships, reinforced by Uluch Ali, the notorious leader of the Moslem corsairs (pirates), infamous for terrorizing Catholic ships in the Mediterranean. Don Juan commanded about 300 ships consisting of Venetians, Genoese, Spanish, Knights of Malta and the Papal States.

At dawn, October 7, 1571, the two fleets clashed. Don John commanded his flagship and galleys. Iron rams were removed from the Christian ships, as the plan was for boarding and close quarter fighting. At the same time, Pope Pius V, accompanied by a group of the faithful, entered the Basilica of Saint Mary Major to pray the Rosary and ask Our Lady to intercede for a Catholic victory. The prayers continued in Rome as the Catholic and Moslem fleets battled. Later in the day, the Pope is said to have suddenly interrupted his business exclaiming, “A truce to business! Our great task at present is to thank God for the victory which He has just given the Catholic army.”

The Pope declared October 7 the feast day of “Our Lady of Victory.” Years later, the feast was renamed “Our Lady of the Rosary” by Pope Clement XI. In 1712 Pope Pius V was canonized.

The Seven Sorrows of Mary

  1. The prophecy of Simeon. (St. Luke 2: 34, 35)
  2. The flight into Egypt. (St. Matthew 2:13-14)
  3. The loss of the Child Jesus in the temple. (St. Luke 3: 43-45)
  4. The meeting of Jesus and Mary on the Way of the Cross.
  5. The Crucifixion
  6. The taking down of the Body of Jesus from the Cross.
  7. The burial of Jesus.

Latin Rosary Prayers

The Prayers of the Rosary in Latin
(rosarium virginis mariae)

Signum Crucis (Sign of the Cross in Latin)
In nomine Patris, et Filii, et Spiritus Sancti. Amen.

Symbolum Apostolorum (Apostles Creed in Latin)
Credo in Deum Patrem omnipotentem, Creatorem caeli et terrae; et in Iesum Christum, Filium eius unicum, Dominum nostrum; qui conceptus est de Spiritu Sancto, natus ex Maria Virgine; passus sub Pontio Pilato, crucifixus, mortuus, et sepultus; descendit ad infernos; tertia die resurrexit a mortuis; ascendit ad caelos, sedet ad dexteram Dei Patris omnipotentis; inde venturus est iudicare vivos et mortuos. Credo in Spiritum Sanctum; Sanctam Ecclesiam Catholicam; Sanctorum communionem; remissionem peccatorum; carnis resurrectionem; vitam aeternam. Amen.

Oratio Dominicae / Pater noster (Our Father in Latin)

Pater noster, qui es in caelis, sanctificetur Nomen Tuum. Adveniat regnum Tuum, fiat voluntas Tua, sicut in caelo et in terra. Panem nostrum quotidianum da nobis hodie, et dimitte nobis debita nostra, sicut et nos dimittimus debitoribus nostris, et ne nos inducas in tentationem, sed libera nos a malo. Amen.

Salutatio Angelica / Ave Maria (Hail Mary in Latin)

Ave Maria, gratia plena, Dominus tecum; Benedicta tu in mulieribus et benedictus fructus ventris tui, Iesus. Sancta Maria, Mater Dei, ora pro nobis peccatoribus, nunc et in hora mortis nostrae. Amen.

Doxologia Minor / Gloria Patri (Glory Be in Latin)
Gloria Patri, et Filio, et Spiritui Sancto, sicut erat in principio, et nunc et’semper, et in saecula saeculorum. Amen.

Oratio Fatima / O mi Iesu (Fatima Prayer in Latin)
O mi Iesu, remitte nobis peccata nostra! Libera nos ab igne inferiori. Miserere animis in purgatorio, maxime desertissimis.

Salve Regina
Salve Regina, Mater misericordiae; vita, dulcedo et spes nostra, salve. Ad te clamamus, exsules, filii Evae. Ad te suspiramus, gementes et flentes, in hac larimarum valle. Eia ergo advocata nostra, illos tuos misericordes oculos, ad nos converte. Et Iesum, benedictum fructum ventris tui, nobis post hoc exsilium ostende. O clemens, O pia, O dulcis Virgo Maria!V- Ora pro nobis, Sancta Dei Genitrix.
R- Ut digni efficiamur promissionibus Christi.

Oremus
Deus, cujus Unigenitus per vitam, mortem, et resurrectionem suam nobis salutis aeternae comparavit: concede, quaesumus; ut, haec mysteria sacratissimo beatae Mariae Virginis Rosario recolentes, et imitemur quor continent, et quod promittunt assequamur. Per eumdum Christum Dominum nostrum. Amen.Gratiam tuam quaesumus, Domine,mentibus nostris infunde, ut qui, angelo nuntiante, Christi Filii tui incarnationem cognovimus per passionem eius et crucem, ad resurrectionem gloriam perducamur, per eundem Christum Dominum nostrum. Amen.

Spanish Rosary Prayers

SEÑAL DE LA CRUZ (Sign of the Cross in Spanish)

En el nombre del Padre, y del Hijo, y del Espíritu Santo. Amén.

CREDO DE LOS APOSTOLES (Apostles Creed in Spanish)

Creo en Dios Padre Todopoderoso, Creador del Cielo y de la tierra, y en Jesucristo su Único Hijo, Nuestro Señor, que fue concebido por obra y gracia del Espíritu Santo; nació de Santa María Virgen, padeció bajo el poder de Poncio Pilato, fue crucificado, muerto y sepultado, descendió a los infiernos, al tercer día resucitó de entre los muertos; subió a los cielos, está sentado a la diestra de Dios Padre Todopoderoso; desde allí ha de venir a juzgar a los vivos y a los muertos. Creo en el Espíritu Santo, en la Santa Iglesia Católica, en la Comunión de los Santos, en el perdón de los pecados, en la resurrección de la carne, y en la vida eterna. Amén.

EL PADRE NUESTRO (The Our Father in Spanish)

Padre nuestro, que estás en el Cielo, santificado sea Tu nombre; venga a nosotros Tu Reino; hágase Tu Voluntad, así en la tierra como en el cielo.

Dános hoy nuestro pan de cada día; perdona nuestras ofensas como también nosotros perdonamos a los que nos ofenden; no nos dejes caer en tentación y líbranos del mal. Amén.

EL AVE MARÍA (Hail Mary in Spanish)

Dios te salve María, llena eres de Gracia, El Señor es contigo, bendita Tú eres entre todas las mujeres, y bendito es el fruto de tu vientre, Jesús.

Santa María Madre de Dios, ruega por nosotros los pecadores, ahora y en la hora de nuestra muerte. Amén.

EL GLORIA

Gloria al Padre, y al Hijo y al Espíritu Santo.

Como era en el principio, es ahora y siempre por los siglos de los siglos. Amén.

LA SALVE

Dios te salve, Reina y Madre, Madre de Misericordia, Vida y dulzura y esperanza nuestra. Dios te salve, a ti clamamos los desterrados hijos de Eva. A Ti suplicamos gimiendo y llorando en este valle de lágrimas. Ea, pues, Señora abogada nuestra. Vuelve a nosotros esos Tus ojos misericordiosos, y después de este destierro muéstranos a Jesús, fruto bendito de Tu vientre. ¡Oh clemente! ¡Oh piadosa! ¡Oh dulce Virgen María!

L. Ruega por nosotros, santa Madre de Dios
R. para que seamos dignos de alcanzar las promesas de nuestro Señor Jesucristo. Amén.

Después de cada decena, diga la siguiente oración pedida por la Virgen María en las apariciones de Fátima:

O Jesús mío, perdona nuestros pecados: libranos del fuego del infierno, conduce nuestras almas hacia el cielo, especialmente aquellas más necesitadas de Tu Misericordia.

Rosaries from a Box

By Patricia Hartung

This is a memory I will always treasure:
Many years ago, as my then eight and ten year old daughters and I were in a public restroom, a dispenser on the wall displaying a picture of a circle with a cross caught my daughter’s eye. Curious, she  asked her older sister what it was for. As I watched and listened, the older child seemed to grow an inch and beaming with pride she informed her younger sister that, “That’s where you can buy rosaries.”… and she believed it too.  Needless to say, I quickly headed for the door as I could not contain my laughter.

Tagalog Rosary

How to say the rosary in Tagalog

Sign of the Cross

Sa ngalan ng Ama, at ng Anak, at ng Espiritu Santo. Amen.

Apostles Creed

Sumasampalataya ako sa Diyos Amang makapanyayari sa lahat, na may gawa ng langit at lupa. Sumasampalataya naman ako kay Hesukristo, iisang Anak ng Diyos, Panginoon nating lahat. Nagkatawang-tao Siya lalang ng Espiritu Santo; ipinanganak ni Santa Mariang Birhen. Pinagpakasakit ni Ponsio Pilato; ipinako sa krus, namatay at ibinaon. Nanaog sa mga impiyerno; nang may ikatlong araw nabuhay na mag-uli. Umakyat sa langit; naluluklok sa kanan ng Diyos Amang makapangyayari sa lahat. Doon magmumula’t pariritong huhukom sa nangabubuhay at nangamatay na tao. Sumasampalataya naman ako sa Diyos Espiritu Santo, na may Santa Iglesya Katolika; may kamsamahan ng mga Santo, may ikawawala ng mga kasalanan; at mabubuhay na mag uli ang nangamatay na tao, at may buhay na walang hanggan. Amen.

Our Father

Ama namin, sumasa-langit Ka. Sambahin ang ngalan Mo. Mapasa amin ang Kaharian Mo. Sundin ang loob Mo dito sa lupa para nang sa langit. Bigyan Mo kami ngayon ng aming kakanin sa araw-araw. At patawarin Mo kami ng aming mga sala, para nang pagpapatawad namin sa mg nagkakasala sa amin. At huwag Mo kaming ipahintulot sa tukso, at iadya Mo kami sa dilang masama. Amen.

Hail Mary

Aba Ginoong Maria, napupuno ka ng grasya, ang Panginoong Diyos ay sumasaiyo, bukod kang pinagpala sa babaeng lahat at pinagpala naman ang iyong Anak na si Jesus. Santa Maria, Ina ng Diyos, ipanalangin mo kaming makasalanan, ngayon at kung kami y mamamatay. Amen.

Glory Be

Luwalhati sa Ama at sa Anak at sa Espiritu Santo. Kapara nang sa una, gayon din ngayon at magpakilan pa man sa walang hanggan. Amen.

Oh My Jesus

O Jesus ko, patawarin Mo ang aming mga sala. Iligtas Mo kami sa apoy ng impiyerno. Hanguin Mo ang mga kaluluwa sa purgatoryo. Lalong-lalo na yaong mga walang nakakaalaala.

Hail Holy Queen

Aba Po Santa Mariang Hari, Ina ng Awa. Ikaw ang kabuhayan at katamisan; Aba pinananaligan ka namin. Ikaw nga ang tinatawagan namin, pinapanaw na taong anak ni Eva. Ikaw rin ang pinagbunbuntuhang hininga namin ng aming pagtangis dini sa lupang bayang kahapis-hapis. Ay aba, pintakasi ka namin, ilingon mo sa amin, ipakita mo sa amin ang iyong Anak na si Hesus. Santa Maria, Ina ng Diyos, maawain, maalam at matamis na Birhen. V. Ipanalangin mo kami, Reyna ng kasantusantuhang Rosaryo. R. Nang kami’y maging dapat makinabang ng mga pangako ni Hesukristo.

Final Prayer

Panalangin. Diyos at Panginoon namin, na ang bugtong na Anak Mo ay siyang ipinapagkamit namin ng kagalinga’t kabuhayang walang hanggan sa pamamagitan ng kanyang pagkakatawang-tao, pagkamatay at pagkabuhay na mag-uli; ipagkaloob Mo, hinihiling namin sa Iyo, na sa pagninilaynilay namin nitong mga misteryo ng Santo Rosaryo ni Santa Mariang Birhen ay hindi lamang matularan namin ang mga magagaling na hamimbawang nalalarawan doon, kundi naman makamtan namin ang mga kagalingang ipinangako sa amin; alang-alang kay Hesukristong Panginoon namin; na kapisan Mo at ng Espiritu Santo nabubuhay at naghahari magpasawalang hanggan. Amen.

Divine Mercy

By, Lawrence P. Grayson

On the Sunday after Easter, the Catholic Church commemorates Divine Mercy.  In one sense, this is a recent devotion, having been established by Pope John Paul II on April 30, 2000, the same day he canonized Sister Faustina Kowalska as the first saint of the Great Jubilee Year.  St. Faustina had visions of our Lord, who revealed to her His desire for people to turn to and trust in His Mercy.

The doctrine of Divine Mercy, however, is not new, but is rooted in Holy Scripture and the faith that we have received through the apostles and their successors.  The Old Testament contains numerous references to God’s mercy.  King David, in Psalm 50, begging forgiveness for his sins of adultery and murder, cries out to the Lord:

“Have mercy on me, O God, according to thy great mercy;

And according to thy tender mercies blot out my iniquity”

We read, in Psalm 24, that “All the ways of the Lord are mercy and truth,” while Psalm 135 contains the frequent refrain, “His mercy endureth forever.”  When Moses went to Mount Sinai with two tablets on which the Lord inscribed the Ten Commandments, God proclaimed that He was “a merciful and gracious God.”  Even when God exercised Divine Justice in bringing on the flood as a punishment for man’s sins, He displayed Divine Mercy in telling Noah to build an ark so that Noah and his family might be saved, thus giving mankind a second chance.

The early church celebrated the Resurrection, the clearest manifestation of the Divinity of Jesus, with eight days of commemoration, which St. Augustine referred to as the “days of mercy and pardon.”  The octave began with Easter Sunday and concluded with Dominica in Albis, or Sunday in White, which Augustine referred to as “the compendium of the days of mercy.”

The revelations to St. Faustina, therefore, do not present new teachings, but rather provide a reminder of God’s love and compassion.  The messages were recorded in Sister Faustina’s Diary, a document she wrote at the behest of her spiritual director.  God’s desire for the world is made clear in His recorded words:

“I am Love and Mercy itself.  When a soul approaches Me with trust, I fill it with such an abundance of graces that it cannot contain them within itself, but radiates them to other souls”…”I do not wish to punish aching mankind, but I desire to heal it, pressing it to My merciful Heart.  I use punishment when they themselves force Me to do so; My hand is reluctant to take hold of the sword of justice.  Before the Day of Justice, I am sending the Day of Mercy.”  (Diary, 1074, 1588)

Divine Mercy is the result of God’s love for us extended in our time of anguish or adversity, whether caused by sin, suffering or the death of another.  Pope John Paul II, in his 1994 Regina Caeli Address, rhetorically asked:

“What is mercy if not the boundless love of God, who confronted with human sin, restrains the sentiment of severe justice and, allowing himself to be moved by the wretchedness of his creatures, spurs himself to the total gift of self, in the Son’s cross?”

As a visual reminder for us, our Lord asked St. Faustina to create an image of Himself, standing with mercy radiating from His heart as two large rays, one of red and the other pale, symbolizing the blood and water He shed for us.  The image is to bear the words, “Jesus, I trust in you.”  The image, the chaplet, which repetitively requests God’s mercy and is said on the beads of the Rosary, and the commemorative Sunday are means for us to personally recall and proclaim the love of God.

Jesus, I trust in you!

At the present time, we are confronted with movements throughout the world that defy the teachings of our Church.  Abortion, euthanasia, the redefinition of marriage, genetic manipulation and other abominations against human dignity are daring God to release His justice.  Pope John Paul II, in 2002, concerned about the future of mankind, consecrated the world to Divine Mercy.  Today, our request, both as individuals and as a community of believes, for God’s mercy and our declaration of trust in Jesus, who already paid the price for our salvation through the cross, are essential.  Our Lord told St Faustina, “mankind will not have peace until it turns with trust to My mercy.” (Diary, 300)  The directive is clear; the response desired is prescribed

For those who live in or visit Maryland, there is a special opportunity to express your gratitude for our Lord’s Divine Mercy.  The final miracle that elevated Sister Faustina to sainthood involved Father Ronald Pytel, the now-deceased pastor of Holy Rosary Church in Baltimore,  Father had a very serious and worsening heart ailment that made it difficult for him even to mount the steps of the altar.  Through the intercession of Sister Faustina, he was miraculously cured, totally and rapidly, without medical intervention   Holy Rosary Church now contains a shrine to Divine Mercy that is well worth visiting at any time, but especially on Divine Mercy Sunday, when usually well over a thousand people participate in the church’s liturgical celebration.  This is a wonderful way for you and your family to express your gratitude for God’s love.

A slightly modified version of this article appeared in numerous publications of the Knights of Columbus in Maryland.  For further information, contact the author at LPGrayson@verizon.net