October – Rosary Thursday 5pm
Pope Francis invited all Catholics to rediscover the beauty of the rosary prayer. Especially associated with the Dominicans the Rosary is a prayer which has nourished the faith of the Christian people through the centuries. Inviting us to contemplate the mysteries of the Rosary the Holy Father said that “The recitation of the rosary is the most beautiful prayer we can offer to the Virgin Mary; it is a contemplation on the stages of the life of Jesus the Saviour with his Mother Mary and is a weapon that protects us from evils and temptations”.
The Rosary is a magnificent and universal prayer. There are four mysteries in the Rosary: the Sorrowful Mysteries, the Joyful Mysteries, the Glorious Mysteries, and the Luminous Mysteries. Each mystery has five decades dedicated to different parts of the salvation history of Christ. We are invited to mediate on each mystery. By doing so we are drawn into the mystery of the life, death and resurrection of Jesus as we reflect on the role our Blessed Mother in the story of salvation.
Saint Francis de Sales is reputed to have said that ‘The greatest method of praying is to pray the Rosary’. Theologically rich in Biblical content the rosary is a priceless treasure and a magnificent, powerful and universal prayer.
October is the month of the Holy Rosary, one of the most deeply rooted of Christian devotions. All are invited to unleash the power of the rosary in our daily lives this October and encouraged to recite the Rosary with faith, humility, confidence, and perseverance.
Each Thursday in October the rosary will be recited in the Church of the Sacred Heart at 5pm as part of the organisation ‘worldpriest’ and its initiative to unite priests and laity so that everyone can come into a deeper relationship with Jesus Christ.