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The Rosary: Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary

Tuesday, October 07, 2014
The Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary is an apposite day on which to conclude our series on the Rosary. The series has focused on the cycles and prayers of the Rosary in which we have seen the richness and depth of this devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary, as well as its ultimate Christological character. Read more

The Rosary: Salve Regina (Hail, Holy Queen)

Thursday, October 02, 2014
The Salve Regina is a fitting way to end the Rosary as it provides a summary of the entire prayer. Having meditated on the mysteries of Jesus Christ – joyful, sorrowful, glorious, luminous – through the eyes of Mary his mother, we turn to her with a final request: look kindly on us in all our difficulties, and bring us home to Jesus.
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The Rosary: O My Jesus

Thursday, September 25, 2014
O my Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of hell, lead all souls to Heaven, especially those in most need of Thy mercy. Amen.

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Fifth Luminous Mystery: Institution of the Eucharist

Monday, September 15, 2014
“I have eagerly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer” (Lk 22:15).

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Fourth Luminous Mystery: The Transfiguration

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Third Luminous Mystery: The Proclamation of the Kingdom and the Call to Conversion

Friday, September 12, 2014
'The time is fulfilled and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent, and believe in the Gospel' (Mk 1:15).
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Second Luminous Mystery: The Wedding at Cana

Wednesday, September 10, 2014
The wedding feast at Cana is one of those mysteries of the Rosary which shows a side of the Apostles and Jesus that Dominicans can identify with; that is, being at a banquet drinking copious amounts of wine in celebration of a certain feast or solemnity. Enjoying food and drink in temperance, in a fashion that is appreciative of the beauty of creation, is part of what it is to be a Christian, as well as not just going along with gluttonous appetites. Nor however is the tone of this wedding feast cold and anxious, for all the wine ends up being consumed. When the wine runs out at this feast in Cana, it is Mary the mother of Jesus who more or less asks him to turn the water into wine. In this first public miracle of Jesus, he turns the water that the rigid Jewish ablutions rituals required into the best wine for those at the feast to drink. Jesus does this at a time of joy, a moment of public declaration of love between a man and woman, and of their intention to be part of the fabric of society having children of their own, committing themselves to each other for life. The symbolism of turning this boring ablutions water, stored in banal stone water jars, into the best sort of wine to fuel the banquet, is quite profound. Jesus requests the religious and anthropocentric water jars are turned over to be used for something much better, all in the context of temperance of our appetites. This marks the start of Jesus's ministry, and in an atmosphere of joy and happiness, this contrasts to the more puritanical interpretation of religious self-denial, such as seen in the movie 'Babette's Feast'. Read more

The First Luminous Mystery: Our Lord's Baptism

Tuesday, September 09, 2014

The Rosary: The Luminous Mysteries

Sunday, September 07, 2014
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"The Transfiguration", Raphael

Fifth Glorious Mystery: The Coronation of Our Lady as Queen of Heaven and the Glory of all the Saints

Friday, September 05, 2014
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