The Feast of the Holy Rosary

 

 Holy Rosary

October is known as the month of the holy rosary. Today is traditionally the Feast of the Holy Rosary.

The Hindu form of the rosary is perhaps the oldest known form of the rosary, dating to the 8th century BCE. The Catholic rosary was formally requested by Mary in an appearance to St. Dominic in 1208. She later appeared to Blessed Alanus and gave him the now famous Fifteen Promises to those who were faithful to praying the daily rosary. Blessed Alanus was translated to Heaven on Our Lady’s birthday, Sept. 8th.  Here is a concise history of the rosary showing how it took over a thousand years for the Catholic rosary to reach its final form.

The rosary has always been said to be the most powerful prayer after the liturgy. Madria Olga, of blessed memory, was a devotee of the rosary.  Here are her thoughts on the rosary along with the instructions for the original Madrian rosary.

Before the disastrous aftermath of Vat. II, Catholics never left home without their rosary beads in purse or pocket. Families would pray the rosary, together. Praying the rosary kept us connected to her, like a ladder of roses reaching up to Heaven. When prayed properly, it brings us into Her Presence. Unfortunately, the younger generations have been raised in a Church which cares more about what other denominational Christians think rather than what is important to Our Lady and so the use of the rosary has declined in recent decades.

The rosary itself is symbolized by roses. As stated by St. Louis de Montfort in this book, The Secret of the Rosary, each bead is a rosebud and when we offer the rosary, we receive a mystical crown of roses. The word rosary means garland of roses and every time we pray Her rosary, we are offering Her living roses of prayer.

Far from being ‘useless repetition’, contemplating the Mysteries of each decade brings us in closer union with Her as we immerse ourselves in each Mystery. We follow the ‘Way’ of Our Lady.

 Our Lady of the Rosary

In a majority of Her apparitions, Our Lady has requested the daily rosary (five decades.) It is hard to think of an apparition where She was not carrying Her rosary. Praying the rosary need not be difficult or time consuming. One decade a day takes minutes. Praying the mantra style as did the ancients by reciting just the first half of the Hail, Mary, takes about ten minutes out of our day. The full recitation takes about fifteen minutes. Can we take fifteen minutes out of our day to recite Mary’s prayer? 

I realize that in this day and age, the rosary is not a practice for everyone. But if you have not tried it, today is the perfect day!

For our Christian readers, a good explanation of the rosary may be found on this Traditional Catholic website. You do have to scroll all the way down for accompanying scripture readings.

 

The Glorified Mary is Universal

Our Lady of Zeitun, approved by the Coptic Church. Witnessed by millions from many Faiths for many weeks. She has appeared in different ways, she moved, doves flew around Her. This was in the 1960’s, there was not the holographic technology in place for something like this. Here is the full story.

The above mentioned article brought to mind my own recent ‘coming home’ to Our Heavenly Mother, Mary. She was truly Our Mother Who was always with us and Who never failed us. The (Feminine) Holy
Spirit entered Her during the Conception. We never heard that the Holy Spirit left Mary. 

This does not mean that we believed the human Mary was divine, but Our Holy Mother Spirit was with Mary in a very special way. The way Mary was presented to us after Her Assumption, it was clearly goddess imagery and I believe that subconsciously, that was how She was perceived by many of us within our hearts.

It is now well understood that the Holy Spirit of Christianity is Female. She is Mother Spirit or Mother God. Jesus, himself claimed this to be so in the Lost Gospel of the Hebrews and in the Gnostic Scriptures. Certain early Christian groups, including the ancient Syrian Church, understood the Holy Spirit to be female and this belief was included in the prayers of the ancient Syrian liturgy.

There are hundreds of well written articles on this subject and many good books for those who might be interested. One of my favorites was a simple, yet poignant book, My Mother, the Holy Spirit by Marian Widmalm. I find it to be beyond coincidental that this is the prophesied Age of the Holy Spirit and this is the time it is being revealed that She is Our Mother Spirit.

My contention is that had the RCC not hidden the truth of the Holy Spirit from us, they would never have had to turn the human Mary into a goddess, which they clearly did. But, the question in many hearts is, was Mary divine? Was She the incarnation of Our Holy Mother Spirit? Lady Wisdom? Divine Sophia? There are many who believe so. Certainly it has been a longstanding belief within certain Russian circles that Mary was the incarnation of Holy Sophia/Khohmah/Lady Wisdom.

Our Lady of Grace                                                    Our Lady of 

(notice the crescent moon)                                       Guadalupe                                         

The Church was blatantly schizophrenic about Mary. On the one hand, She was presented to us as the Queen of Heaven (a references from Classical Paganism).  And she replaced the goddess Maia as Queen of the May. She often wore a crown of stars with the Moon beneath Her feet. As Our Lady of Guadalupe,  the miraculous image She, Herself gave us, Mary was clothed with the Stars and was more powerful than the sun.

Through the centuries the Glorified (post Assumption) Mary has wrought miracle after miracle after miracle. Huge miracles, including where entire peoples were saved from invasion through the power of the rosary and small miracles too numerous to count. 

Like Isis, She is known by hundreds of Names, all with a miraculous story behind them. Our Lady of Victory, Our Lady of Good Hope, Our Lady of Mercy, Our Lady of Ransom, Our Lady of Lourdes, Our Lady of LaSallette, Our Lady of Grace, Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal…the list goes on and on and on. 

  She (along with Holy Sophia) is known as the Queen of Angels. 

She is known as the Mystical Rose, the Morning Star, the Star of the Sea, the Hope of Sinners, Our Lady of Prompt Succor. She was all Mercy where Her son was also Just Judge. We crowned Her in May and carried Her in procession around the world. We offered Her roses and Mary gardens. We lit candles before Her lay roses at her feet. We prayed our novenas and our rosaries. Her rosary was ever in our hands, our purse or in our pockets. Devout Catholics never left home without them.

While many might wear a crucifix, it was the Miraculous Medal that everyone wore. And it was called miraculous for a reason.

Her many hymns sang of Her glories:

Daily, daily, sing to Mary
Sing, sing, my soul, her prayers due
All her feasts, her actions worship
With the heart’s devotion true
She is mighty to deliver
Call her, trust her lovingly
When the tempest rages round thee
She will calm the troubled sea.

And the first two stanzas of one my my favorites, Hail, Holy Queen (Salve Regina means Hail, Queen):

Hail, holy Queen enthroned above, O Maria.
Hail, Queen of mercy and of love, O Maria.
Triumph, all ye Cherubim;
Sing with us, ye Seraphim.
Heav’n and earth resound the hymn:
Salve, Salve, Salve Regina.

2 The cause of joy to all below, O Maria.
The spring through which all graces flow, O Maria.
Angels, all your praises bring;
Earth and heaven, with us sing;
All creation echoing: 
Salve, Salve, Salve Regina.

Only in the last verse is Her son finally mentioned.

Interior Church Shrine

Pre-Vatican II and the Novus Ordo, every Church had a beautiful shrine to her, usually inlaid next to the main altar below which rows of devotional candles would flicker silently through the night. Living prayers of the people.

There was usually an outdoor shrine and no Catholic home would be complete without a statue or a small shrine in Her honor. 

  A Home Shrine to the Blessed Mother, Mary. 

Catholics have always been accused of worshiping Mary. And Catholics would always respond that there is a difference between the worship of God and the ‘dulia’ or veneration of saints, of which Mary is one of them. And yet, countless books have been written on Her Glories through-out the centuries.

 She is loved around the world.

Psalms (online)litanies and  Akathists have been written in Her honor. Her worship spans nearly two millennia. There is a 2,000 year old goddess Tradition hidden within RCC and Orthodox Christianity. Traditions that have become powerful over time. Generation, after generation, after generation of Marian worshipers precede us. 

She has been widely worshiped on all six continents for centuries upon centuries. She truly has been the UNIVERSAL Mother for the last 2,000 years. Where Jesus is our Brother, Mary is our Mother.

Stellar Maris, Rosa Mystica, Regina Caeli, Stella Matutina, Sanctissima, Panagia,    Sapientia, O, Thee of a Thousand Names, have mercy on us.