Our Lady of the Rosary
October is traditionally dedicated to the Holy Rosary. Through the eyes of Mary we prayerfully and meditatively follow the footsteps of her Son Jesus Christ’s life. We contemplate his life, death and resurrection.
Praying the Rosary can take it’s inspiration from St. Paul's letter to the community in Thessalonica (1 Thess 5:17). He tells them to "Pray without ceasing". The desert fathers and mothers of the 3rd to 5th centuries were early Christian hermits who began this practice. For each prayer said, they placed a stone in a basket or made prayer cords. As daily prayer became a regular practice in monasteries, so did the use of a prayer cord in reciting the psalms.
Roots of the Rosary
Prayer cords with 150 knots, which reflected the number of psalms, began to be used. The religious who could not read, would pray the Our Father 150 times instead of the psalms. The 19th ecumenical council of the Roman Catholic Church met in three sessions between 1545 and 1563. It was at this “Council of Trent” that a prayer version with 15 "mysteries" was declared obligatory in the German-speaking world. The rosary as we know it began.
Let's Pray the Rosary
We are happy to once again place our statue of Our Dear Lady, Mary the mother of Christ, next to the ambo in the church. There she will carry the intentions of the people. In the month of October, we will pray the rosary every day at 15:00. Please join us in this call to prayer for the great intentions of the world: for peace, for justice and the integrity of creation.