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1 The Holy Rosary With Extracts from the Apostolic Letter of John Paul II Rosarium Virginis Mariæ

2 Introduction The Rosary of the Virgin Mary, which gradually took form in the second millennium under the guidance of the Spirit of God, is a prayer loved by countless Saints and encouraged by the Magisterium. Simple yet profound, it still remains, at the dawn of this third millennium, a prayer of great significance, destined to bring forth a harvest of holiness. (RVM 1)

3 Opening Prayers In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen. V.Lord, open our lips. R.And we shall praise your name. V.O God, come to our aid. R.O Lord, make haste to help us. V.Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit. R.As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

4 The Apostles Creed I believe in God, the Father Almighty, Creator of heaven and earth; and in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord; Who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried. He descended into hell; the third day He rose again from the dead; He ascended into heaven, sits at the right hand of God, the Father Almighty; from thence He shall come to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy Catholic Church, the communion of Saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and life everlasting. Amen.

5 The Holy Father’s Intentions Our Father Hail Mary (x3) Glory Be

6 The Joyful Mysteries Monday & Saturday

7 The first five decades, the “joyful mysteries”, are marked by the joy radiating from the event of the Incarnation. This is clear from the very first mystery, the Annunciation, where Gabriel's greeting to the Virgin of Nazareth is linked to an invitation to messianic joy: “Rejoice, Mary”. The whole of salvation history, in some sense the entire history of the world, has led up to this greeting. (RVM 20)

8 The Annunciation

9 “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God…And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us.” (John 1:1,14) “’Behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a Son, and you shall call his name Jesus’ … ‘Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord; let it be done to me according to your word’.” (Luke1:31,38)

10 If it is the Father's plan to unite all things in Christ (cf. Eph 1:10), then the whole of the universe is in some way touched by the divine favour with which the Father looks upon Mary and makes her the Mother of his Son. The whole of humanity, in turn, is embraced by the fiat with which she readily agrees to the will of God. (RVM 20)

11 Evocative phrases: Jesus… 1.Whose arrival was announced by the angel Gabriel. 2.Who was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit. 3.Who is Son of the Most High. 4.Who was Emmanuel, God with us. 5.Who was welcomed by Mary his Mother. 6.Who will be given the throne of David. 7.Whose Kingdom will have no end. 8.Who will save us from our sins. 9.Who was welcomed by Joseph, a just man. 10.Who was named by his parents as the angel had indicated.

12 Concluding Prayer Lord, help me to respond to my vocation with true fidelity.

13 The Visitation

14 “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb’ … ‘My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Saviour’.” (Luke 1:42,46)

15 Exultation is the keynote of the encounter with Elizabeth, where the sound of Mary's voice and the presence of Christ in her womb cause John to “leap for joy” (cf. Lk 1:44). (RVM 20)

16 Evocative phrases: Jesus… 1.Who journeyed in his Mother’s womb to the hill country. 2.Who entered the house of Zechariah. 3.Who heard his mother greet Elizabeth. 4.Who caused Elizabeth to be filled with the Holy Spirit. 5.Whose presence made John leap for joy. 6.Who heard Mary proclaim the Magnificat. 7.Who hear his Mother prophesy: “All generations…” 8.Who came to exalt those of low degree. 9.Who came to fill the hungry with good things. 10.Who remained there for about three months.

17 Concluding Prayer Lord, help me see you in the sick and needy, the downtrodden and oppressed.

18 The Birth of Our Lord

19 “She gave birth to her first-born Son and wrapped him in swaddling clothes… ‘To you is born this day, in the city of David, a Saviour who is Christ the Lord’.” (Luke 2:7,11)

20 Gladness also fills the scene in Bethlehem, when the birth of the divine Child, the Saviour of the world, is announced by the song of the angels and proclaimed to the shepherds as “news of great joy” (Lk 2:10). (RVM 20)

21 Evocative phrases: Jesus… 1.Whose birth was foretold by the prophets. 2.Who was born in a stable. 3.Who was wrapped in swaddling clothes. 4.Who was laid in a manger. 5.Who brought peace to those of good will. 6.Who was circumcised in accordance with the law. 7.Who was given gold, frankincense and myrrh. 8.Who was persecuted by Herod. 9.Who was taken in flight to Egypt. 10.Who lived in exile.

22 Concluding Prayer Lord, let there be warmth in my heart and faith in my soul to receive you worthily.

23 The Presentation

24 “They brought him up to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord… ‘[this child will be] a light for revelation to the Gentiles, and for glory to your people Israel’.” (Luke 2:22,32)

25 The Presentation in the Temple not only expresses the joy of the Child's consecration and the ecstasy of the aged Simeon; it also records the prophecy that Christ will be a “sign of contradiction” for Israel and that a sword will pierce his mother's heart (cf Lk 2:34-35). (RVM 20)

26 Evocative phrases: Jesus… 1.Who is the first-born among many brethren. 2.Who obeyed the law of Moses. 3.Whose Mother presented herself for purification. 4.Whom Joseph ransomed with two young pigeons. 5.Whom Simeon took into his arms. 6.Whom Simeon recognised as the Messiah. 7.Who brings a light of revelations to the gentiles. 8.Who is the glory of Israel. 9.Who is a sign which will spoken against. 10.Who was acknowledged by Anna.

27 Concluding Prayer Lord, may I also marvel at the self- abasement of your incarnate Son.

28 The Finding in the Temple

29 “The boy Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem…After three days they found him in the Temple… ‘Did you not know that I must be about my Father’s affairs’.” (Luke 2:43,46,49)

30 Joy mixed with drama marks the fifth mystery, the finding of the twelve-year-old Jesus in the Temple. Here he appears in his divine wisdom as he listens and raises questions, already in effect one who “teaches”. The revelation of his mystery as the Son wholly dedicated to his Father's affairs proclaims the radical nature of the Gospel, in which even the closest of human relationships are challenged by the absolute demands of the Kingdom. Mary and Joseph, fearful and anxious, “did not understand” his words (Lk 2:50). (RVM 20)

31 Evocative phrases: Jesus… 1.Who was called from Egypt by his Father. 2.Who lived quietly in Nazareth. 3.Who increased in wisdom and stature. 4.Who enjoyed God’s favour. 5.Who went to Jerusalem as the Law prescribed. 6.Who disconcerted his parents. 7.Who listened to the Jewish teachers. 8.Who astounded everyone with his answers. 9.Who went about his Father’s business. 10.Who returned home and obeyed his parents.

32 Concluding Prayer Lord, may I too grow in wisdom, in stature, and in favour with God and men. (cf Lk 2:52).

33 To meditate upon the “joyful” mysteries, then, is to enter into the ultimate causes and the deepest meaning of Christian joy. It is to focus on the realism of the mystery of the Incarnation and on the obscure foreshadowing of the mystery of the saving Passion. Mary leads us to discover the secret of Christian joy, reminding us that Christianity is, first and foremost, euangelion, “good news”, which has as its heart and its whole content the person of Jesus Christ, the Word made flesh, the one Saviour of the world. (RVM 20)

34 The Luminous Mysteries Thursday

35 Moving on from the infancy and the hidden life in Nazareth to the public life of Jesus, our contemplation brings us to those mysteries which may be called in a special way “mysteries of light”. Certainly the whole mystery of Christ is a mystery of light. He is the “light of the world” (Jn 8:12). Yet this truth emerges in a special way during the years of his public life, when he proclaims the Gospel of the Kingdom. (RVM 21)

36 The Baptism of Our Lord in the Jordan

37 “In those days Jesus came and was baptized by John in the Jordan. And a voice came from heaven, ‘You are my beloved Son; with you I am well pleased’.” (Mark 1:9,11)

38 The Baptism in the Jordan is first of all a mystery of light. Here, as Christ descends into the waters, the innocent one who became “sin” for our sake (cf. 2Cor 5:21), the heavens open wide and the voice of the Father declares him the beloved Son (cf. Mt 3:17 and parallels), while the Spirit descends on him to invest him with the mission which he is to carry out. (RVM 21)

39 Evocative phrases: Jesus… 1.Who came to the Jordan to be baptised. 2.Who gave us an example of humility. 3.Who prevailed on John to baptise him. 4.On whom the Holy Spirit descended as a dove. 5.With whom the Father is well pleased. 6.Who the Father bids us heed. 7.Who was anointed for his Messianic mission. 8.Who taught us not to seek privileges. 9.Who made friends with John and Andrew. 10.Who engaged them in inspiring conversation.

40 Concluding Prayer I thank you, Lord, for marking me with the sign of the Cross in Baptism.

41 Christ’s self-revelation at the wedding feast of Cana

42 “When the wine failed the mother of Jesus said to him, ‘They have no wine’… Jesus said to the servants, ‘Fill the jars with water’. And they filled them to the brim… The steward of the feast tasted the water now become wine.” (John 2:3,7,9)

43 Another mystery of light is the first of the signs, given at Cana (cf. Jn 2:1- 12), when Christ changes water into wine and opens the hearts of the disciples to faith, thanks to the intervention of Mary, the first among believers. (RVM 21)

44 Evocative phrases: Jesus… 1.Who was invited to a wedding. 2.Whose Mother Mary was also there. 3.Who was accompanied by his first disciples. 4.Whose Mother noticed they had run out of wine. 5.Who seemed reluctant to intervene. 6.Who said his time had not yet come. 7.Who always heeds Mary’s prayer for us. 8.Who told the servants to fill the jars. 9.Who turned the water into wine. 10.Who worked his first miracle in Cana.

45 Concluding Prayer May I always do whatever he tells me. (cf Jn 2:5)

46 The Proclamation of the Kingdom and the Call to Conversation

47 “Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the Gospel of God, and saying, ‘The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the Gospel’.” (Mark 1:14-15)

48 Another mystery of light is the preaching by which Jesus proclaims the coming of the Kingdom of God, calls to conversion (cf. Mk 1:15) and forgives the sins of all who draw near to him in humble trust (cf. Mk 2:3-13; Lk 7:47- 48): the inauguration of that ministry of mercy which he continues to exercise until the end of the world, particularly through the Sacrament of Reconciliation which he has entrusted to his Church (cf. Jn 20:22-23). (RVM 21)

49 Evocative phrases: Jesus… 1.Who began preaching in Galilee. 2.Who called the apostles while they were at work. 3.Who taught Christian living by word and deed. 4.Who was meek and humble of heart. 5.Who taught the primacy of charity. 6.Who confronted hypocrisy. 7.Who taught in parables. 8.Who confirmed his teaching with miracles. 9.Who loved his disciples. 10.Who teaches us in his Church.

50 Concluding Prayer May I heed the call to conversion and enter God’s kingdom.

51 The Transfiguration

52 “Jesus took with him Peter and James and John and led them up a high mountain…and he was transfigured: … there appeared to them Elijah with Moses. Peter said, ‘It is well that we are here.’ A voice came from the cloud, ‘This is my beloved Son; listen to him’.” (Mark 9:2-5,7)

53 The mystery of light par excellence is the Transfiguration, traditionally believed to have taken place on Mount Tabor. The glory of the Godhead shines forth from the face of Christ as the Father commands the astonished Apostles to “listen to him” (cf. Lk 9:35 and parallels) and to prepare to experience with him the agony of the Passion, so as to come with him to the joy of the Resurrection and a life transfigured by the Holy Spirit. (RVM 21)

54 Evocative phrases: Jesus… 1.Who climbed Mount Tabor. 2.Who took Peter, James and John with him. 3.Who was transfigured in their sight. 4.Whose divinity shone through his humanity. 5.Who spoke to Moses and Elijah about his Passion. 6.To whom the Father spoke from heaven. 7.Who was shrouded in a cloud. 8.To whom Peter said, “It is good to be here.” 9.Who returned to is normal appearance. 10.Who told the apostles to remain silent for the present.

55 Concluding Prayer May I always follow in his footsteps and listen to his words.

56 The Institution of the Blessed Eucharist

57 “And he took bread, and when he had given thanks he broke it and gave it to them saying, ‘This is my body which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me’. And likewise the cup after supper, saying, ‘This cup which is poured out for you is the new covenant in my blood’.” (Luke 22:19-20)

58 A final mystery of light is the institution of the Eucharist, in which Christ offers his body and blood as food under the signs of bread and wine, and testifies “to the end” his love for humanity (Jn 13:1), for whose salvation he will offer himself in sacrifice. (RVM 21)

59 Evocative phrases: Jesus… 1.Who promised us the Bread of Life. 2.Who told us this Bread is indeed his flesh. 3.Who promised eternal life to those who eat his flesh and drink his blood. 4.Who longed to celebrate the Last Supper. 5.Who washed his apostles’ feet. 6.Who instituted the sacrificial sacrament. 7.Who instituted a new priesthood. 8.Who instructed us to celebrated the Eucharist. 9.Who is really, truly and substantially present. 10.Whom we receive sacramentally.

60 Concluding Prayer “Lord, I am not worthy to receive you…”

61 In these mysteries, apart from the miracle at Cana, the presence of Mary remains in the background. The Gospels make only the briefest reference to her occasional presence at one moment or other during the preaching of Jesus (cf. Mk 3:31-5; Jn 2:12), and they give no indication that she was present at the Last Supper and the institution of the Eucharist. Yet the role she assumed at Cana in some way accompanies Christ throughout his ministry. The revelation made directly by the Father at the Baptism in the Jordan and echoed by John the Baptist is placed upon Mary's lips at Cana, and it becomes the great maternal counsel which Mary addresses to the Church of every age: “Do whatever he tells you” (Jn 2:5). This counsel is a fitting introduction to the words and signs of Christ's public ministry and it forms the Marian foundation of all the “mysteries of light”. (RVM 21)

62 The Sorrowful Mysteries Tuesday & Friday

63 The Gospels give great prominence to the sorrowful mysteries of Christ. From the beginning Christian piety, especially during the Lenten devotion of the Way of the Cross, has focused on the individual moments of the Passion, realizing that here is found the culmination of the revelation of God's love and the source of our salvation. The Rosary selects certain moments from the Passion, inviting the faithful to contemplate them in their hearts and to relive them. (RVM 22)

64 The Agony in the Garden

65 “He knelt down and prayed, ‘Father if you are willing, remove this cup from me’. And there appeared to him an angel from heaven, strengthening him….And his sweat became like great drops of blood falling upon the ground.” (Luke 22:41-44)

66 The sequence of meditations begins with Gethsemane, where Christ experiences a moment of great anguish before the will of the Father, against which the weakness of the flesh would be tempted to rebel. There Jesus encounters all the temptations and confronts all the sins of humanity, in order to say to the Father: “Not my will but yours be done” (Lk 22:42 and parallels). This “Yes” of Christ reverses the “No” of our first parents in the Garden of Eden. (RVM 22)

67 Evocative phrases: Jesus… 1.Who prayed to his Father. 2.Who asked his disciples to watch. 3.Whose soul was exceedingly sorrowful. 4.Who drank the chalice given him. 5.Who was defended by Peter. 6.Who was treated as a robber. 7.Who had taught openly in the Temple. 8.Who pleaded on behalf of his apostles. 9.Who disconcerted the band of soldiers. 10.Who was seized, bound and led away.

68 Concluding Prayer Jesus, I offer my brow in place of yours.

69 The Scourging at the Pillar

70 “So Pilate, anxious to satisfy the crowd, released Barabbas, and having scourged Jesus, he delivered him to be crucified.” (Mark 15:15 )

71 And the cost of this faithfulness to the Father's will is made clear in the following mysteries; by his scourging, his crowning with thorns, his carrying the Cross and his death on the Cross, (RVM 22)

72 Evocative phrases: Jesus… 1.Who was brought before Annas and Caiaphas. 2.Who was to die for the people. 3.Who was denied by Peter. 4.Who looked at Peter and brought about his repentance. 5.Who was struck by one of the officers. 6.Who was blindfolded and mocked. 7.Who said he was the Son of God. 8.Whose Body is the temple of God. 9.Who was delivered to Pilate the governor. 10.Who was savagely scourged by the soldiers.

73 Concluding Prayer Jesus, I offer my back in place of yours.

74 The Crowning with Thorns

75 “The soldiers clothed him in a purple cloth, and plaiting a crown of thorns they put it on him. And they began to salute him, ‘Hail, King of the Jews’. And they struck his head with a reed, and spat upon him, and they knelt down in homage to him.” (Mark 15:17-20)

76 the Lord is cast into the most abject suffering: Ecce homo! (RVM 22)

77 Evocative phrases: Jesus… 1.Who was questioned by Pilate 2.Who acknowledged he was King of the Jews. 3.Whose Kingdom is not of this world. 4.Who could call legions of angels to his aid. 5.Who puzzled Pilate greatly. 6.Who caused much suffering to Pilate’s wife. 7.Who remained silent before Herod the fox. 8.Who was found innocent of any charge. 9.Who was exchanged for Barabbas, a murderer. 10.Who was handed over to be crucified.

78 Concluding Prayer Jesus, I offer my head in place of yours.

79 The Carrying of The Cross

80 “And they led him out to crucify him. And they compelled a passer-by, Simon of Cyrene, to carry his cross. And they brought him to the place called Golgotha (which means the place of a skull).” (Mark 15:20-22)

81 Ecce homo: the meaning, origin and fulfilment of man is to be found in Christ, (RVM 22)

82 Evocative phrases: Jesus… 1.Who was helped by Simon of Cyrene 2.Who was comforted by the holy women. 3.Whose face was wiped by Veronica. 4.Whose pain was soothed by his Mother’s presence. 5.Who was treated brutally by the soldiers. 6.Who could have saved himself but didn’t. 7.Who was once welcomed by cries of “Hosannah”.. 8.Who had lamented and wept over Jerusalem. 9.Who reached Calvary totally exhausted. 10.Whose clothes were ripped from his body.

83 Concluding Prayer Jesus, I offer my shoulders instead of yours.

84 The Crucifixion

85 “Standing by the cross of Jesus were his Mother, and his Mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene. He said to his Mother, “Woman, behold your son!’ and to the disciple whom he loved, ‘Behold your Mother!’ … He bowed his head and gave up his spirit.” (John 19:25-27,30)

86 the God who humbles himself out of love “even unto death, death on a cross” (Phil 2:8). (RVM 22)

87 Evocative phrases: Jesus… 1.Whose hands and feet were nailed to the wood. 2.Who accepted suffering in full consciousness. 3.Who forgave his executioners. 4.Who did not come down from the Cross. 5.Who was not forsaken by his Father. 6.Who was daunted by those in authority. 7.Who commended himself into his Father’s hands. 8.Whose death caused an earthquake. 9.Whose side was pierced by a spear. 10.Who poured forth blood and water.

88 Concluding Prayer Jesus, I offer my hands and feet in place of yours.

89 The sorrowful mysteries help the believer to relive the death of Jesus, to stand at the foot of the Cross beside Mary, to enter with her into the depths of God's love for man and to experience all its life-giving power. (RVM 22)

90 The Glorious Mysteries Wednesday & Sunday

91 “The contemplation of Christ's face cannot stop at the image of the Crucified One. He is the Risen One!” The Rosary has always expressed this knowledge born of faith and invited the believer to pass beyond the darkness of the Passion in order to gaze upon Christ's glory in the Resurrection and Ascension. (RVM 23)

92 The Resurrection

93 “And entering the tomb, they saw a young man sitting on the right side, dressed in a white robe; and they were amazed. And he said to them, ‘Do not be amazed; you seek Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He has risen; he is not here’.” (Mark 16:5-6)

94 Contemplating the Risen One, Christians rediscover the reasons for their own faith (cf. 1Cor 15:14) and relive the joy not only of those to whom Christ appeared – the Apostles, Mary Magdalene and the disciples on the road to Emmaus – but also the joy of Mary, who must have had an equally intense experience of the new life of her glorified Son. (RVM 23)

95 Evocative phrases: Jesus… 1.Whose tomb was closely guarded by soldiers. 2.Who appeared to Mary, his Mother. 3.Who called Mary Magdalene by name. 4.Who upbraided his disciples for their unbelief. 5.Who caused hearts to burn with love. 6.Who shouted instructions to his disciples as they fished. 7.Who was recognised by John the beloved. 8.Who forgave Peter’s betrayals. 9.Who kept the marks of his wounds. 10.Who opens our minds and bids us be at peace.

96 Concluding Prayer In the Risen One may I find confirmation of my faith.

97 The Ascension

98 “The Lord Jesus after he had spoken to them, was taken up into heaven, and sat down at the right hand of God. And they went forth and preached everywhere while the Lord worked with them.” (Mark 16:19-20)

99 In the Ascension, Christ was raised in glory to the right hand of the Father (RVM 23)

100 Evocative phrases: Jesus… 1.Who appeared for the space of forty days. 2.Who was worshipped on the mountain. 3.Who gave authority to his apostles. 4.Who ordered them to peach the Gospel. 5.Who instructed them to baptise. 6.Who blessed his followers. 7.Whose life story would fill many volumes. 8.Who sits at the Father’s right hand. 9.Who remains with us always. 10.Who will return again in glory.

101 Concluding Prayer I thank God for the most beautiful gift of baptism.

102 The Descent of the Holy Spirit

103 “And suddenly a sound came from heaven like the rush of a mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. And there appeared to them tongues as of fire, distributed and resting on each one of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit.” (Acts 1:2-4)

104 At the centre of this unfolding sequence of the glory of the Son and the Mother, the Rosary sets before us the third glorious mystery, Pentecost, which reveals the face of the Church as a family gathered together with Mary, enlivened by the powerful outpouring of the Spirit and ready for the mission of evangelization. The contemplation of this scene, like that of the other glorious mysteries, ought to lead the faithful to an ever greater appreciation of their new life in Christ, lived in the heart of the Church, a life of which the scene of Pentecost itself is the great “icon”. (RVM 23)

105 Evocative phrases: Jesus… 1.Whose Spirit came as a mighty wind. 2.Whose Spirit came as tongues of fire. 3.Whose Spirit leads us to the full truth. 4.Whose Spirit made the apostles seem drunk. 5.Whose Spirit gave the gift of tongues. 6.Whose Spirit changed the hearts of many. 7.Whose apostles spoke with courage and conviction. 8.Whose apostles baptised three thousand persons. 9.Whose apostles were faithful to his teaching. 10.Whose apostles worked many miracles.

106 Concluding Prayer Lord, may I not quench the Spirit (cf. I Thes 5:19).

107 The Assumption

108 “And when I go to prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also.” (John 14:3). “And the dead in Christ will rise first and so we shall always be with the Lord.” (I Thessalonians 4:16- 17)

109 In the Ascension, Christ was raised in glory to the right hand of the Father, while Mary herself would be raised to that same glory in the Assumption, enjoying beforehand, by a unique privilege, the destiny reserved for all the just at the resurrection of the dead. (RVM 23)

110 Evocative phrases: Jesus… 1.Who brought his Mother to heaven. 2.Whose Mother was his perfect image. 3.Who made Mary Mother of the Church. 4.Whose Mother is our Mother. 5.Whose Mother cares for his brethren. 6.Whose Mother is a model of faith. 7.Whose Mother is a model of hope. 8.Whose Mother is a model of charity. 9.Whose Mother is a model of obedience. 10.Whose Mother was the faithful spouse of Joseph.

111 Concluding Prayer May I come to be fully mature with the fullness of Christ (cf. Eph 4:13).

112 The Crowning of the Blessed Virgin Mary

113 “And a great portent appeared in heaven, a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars… Then the dragon was angry with the woman, and went off to make war on the rest of her offspring.” (Revelation 12:1, 17)

114 Crowned in glory – as she appears in the last glorious mystery – Mary shines forth as Queen of the Angels and Saints, the anticipation and the supreme realization of the eschatological state of the Church. (RVM 23)

115 Evocative phrases: Jesus… 1.Whose Mother is Queen of angels. 2.Whose Mother is Queen of patriarchs. 3.Whose Mother is Queen of prophets. 4.Whose Mother is Queen of apostles. 5.Whose Mother is Queen of martyrs. 6.Whose Mother is Queen of confessors. 7.Whose Mother is Queen of virgins. 8.Whose Mother is Queen of all saints. 9.Whose Mother is Queen of the holy souls. 10.Whose Mother is Queen of the family.

116 Concluding Prayer With all the armour of God may I stand on the side of Michael and the heavenly host.

117 The glorious mysteries thus lead the faithful to greater hope for the eschatological goal towards which they journey as members of the pilgrim People of God in history. This can only impel them to bear courageous witness to that “good news” which gives meaning to their entire existence.

118 Hail Holy Queen Hail! Holy Queen, Mother of mercy, hail our life, our sweetness and our hope! To thee do we cry, poor banished children of Eve; to thee do we send our sighs, mourning and weeping in this valley of tears. Turn then, most gracious advocate, thine eyes of mercy toward us; and after this our exile, show unto us the blessed fruit of your womb, Jesus.

119 Hail Holy Queen O clement, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary. Pray for us, O Holy Mother of God. That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ. We fly to your patronage, O holy Mother of God. Despise not our prayers in our necessities, but deliver us from all dangers, O ever-glorious and Blessed Virgin.

120 Concluding Prayer Let us pray. O God, whose only begotten Son, by His life, death and resurrection has purchased for us the rewards of eternal life; grant we beseech thee, that while meditating on these mysteries of the most holy Rosary of the Blessed Virgin Mary, we may imitate what they contain, and obtain what they promise. Through the same Christ our Lord. Amen.

121 Litany of The Blessed Virgin Mary V/ Lord, have mercy. R/ Christ, have mercy. V/ Lord, have mercy. Christ, hear us. R/Christ, graciously hear us.

122 Litany of The Blessed Virgin Mary God, the Father of Heaven, Have mercy on us. God, the Son, Redeemer of the world,Have mercy on us. God, the Holy Spirit, Have mercy on us. Holy Trinity, One God,Have mercy on us.

123 Holy Mary, Holy Mother of God, Holy Virgin of virgins, Mother of Christ, Mother of the Church, Mother of divine grace, Mother most pure, Mother most chaste, Mother inviolate, Mother undefiled, Mother most amiable, Mother most admirable, Mother of good counsel, Mother of our Creator, Mother of our Saviour, Virgin most prudent, Virgin most venerable, Virgin most renowned, Virgin most powerful, Virgin most merciful, Virgin most faithful, Mirror of justice, Seat of wisdom, Cause of our joy, Spiritual vessel, Vessel of honour,

124 Singular vessel of devotion, Mystical rose, Tower of David, Tower of ivory, House of gold, Ark of the covenant, Gate of heaven, Morning star, Heath of the Sick, Refuge of sinners, Comforter of the afflicted, Help of Christians, Queen of Angels, Queen of Patriarchs, Queen of Prophets, Queen of Apostles, Queen of Martyrs, Queen Confessors, Queen of Virgins, Queen of all Saints, Queen conceived without original sin, Queen assumed into heaven, Queen of the most holy Rosary, Queen of Peace,

125 Lamb of God, who take away the sins of the world, Spare us, O Lord, Lamb of God, who take away the sins of the world, Graciously hear us, O Lord. Lamb of God, who take away the sins of the world. Have mercy on us. Pray for us, O holy Mother of God. That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

126 Trimmings (Optional) For the needs of Church and State: (Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be). For the (Arch) bishop and his intentions: (Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be). For the souls of the faithful departed: (Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be).

127 Prayer to St Michael Holy Michael, Archangel, defend us in the day of battle. Be our safeguard against the wickedness and snares of the devil. May God rebuke him we humbly pray; and do thou Prince of the Heavenly Host, by the power of God, thrust down to hell Satan and all other evil spirits who wander through the world for the ruin of souls. Amen.

128 The Memorare Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that any one who fled to thy protection, implored thy help or sought thy intercession, was left unaided. Inspired with this confidence, I fly unto thee, O Virgin of virgins my Mother; to thee do I come, before thee I stand, sinful and sorrowful; O Mother of the Word Incarnate, despise not my petitions, but in thy clemency hear and answer me. Amen.

129 Conclusion V.May the Divine assistance remain always with us. R.And may the souls of the faithful departed through the mercy of God rest in peace. Amen. In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.


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