The Rosary prayer is a prayer that is eloquent with the very words of the Gospel. St. Paul VI called the Rosary “a compendium of the Gospel.”
The praying and the recitation of the Rosary forms part and parcel of the Catholic tradition. It is a prayer that is enormously Christological (pertaining to Christ) than overly Mariology (pertaining to Mary) as some people think. In the various epochs of the history of the Church and the world, different wars were won at the behest of the praying of the Holy Rosary.
The victory at Lepanto is the most famous and important military victories won by praying of the Rosary (The Battle of Lepanto – 1571). Significant of the many battles won through the praying of the Rosary are those individuals among us who prayed the Rosary and won battles spiritually and physically within themselves.
Therefore, it is apt that we contemplate on the Lady of the Rosary who is the Mother of God in this month of the Holy Rosary, May. Pope Francis as he opens Marathon of Prayer with Rosary for an end to the pandemic on 1st May, 2021 says
“We join together in prayer with all the sanctuaries spread throughout the whole world, with the faithful, and with all persons of good will, to entrust into the hands of our Holy Mother the whole human race, sorely tried by this period of pandemic.”
“The many people who have been affected by the virus, and who continue to suffer the consequences of the pandemic,” will be entrusted to the Blessed Virgin Mary, “Mother of Mercy.”
Catholics all over the world and some Christians pray the Rosary because Mary in her Magnificat (The Hymn of the Virgin Mary) said “He has looked upon his servant in her lowliness, and people forever will call me blessed.” (Lk. 1:48) Indeed, we are part of the generations that will always run to Jesus’ mother and our mother to call her blessed. Contemplating on her virtues in this Rosary Month of May will bring out some of the titles that early Christians attributed to the Mother of God, Mary. The Lady of the Rosary is one of the titles attributed to the Virgin Mary.
In one of the apparitions of Mary, she appeared to the three young children at Fatima in 1917. In that apparition, Mary endorsed the praying and the recitation of the Rosary which was reported by the children. When the children asked who she was, Mary replied, “I am the Lady of the Rosary.” She is the Lady who calls us each and every day to pray the Rosary and especially in this month of May to contemplate on the mystery of Christ and the Gospel.
This invocation of Mary as the Lady of the Rosary brings her before us as the woman who in the Rosary is contemplated and besought, framed in her true reality as Mother of God, and fully inserted in the Mystery of Christ. Therefore, the praying and the recitation of the Rosary is not devoid of the mystery of Christ. Each time we pray the Rosary, we are contemplating on Jesus Christ. In fact, the mysteries of the Rosary are highly Christological and they reveal to us the narratives of the Gospel. Christians and especially Catholics are called in this season of the Rosary to pray in order that the wounded world will be healed from this pandemic.
Pope Francis on 1st May, 2021 in the Vatican Basilica prayed in a special way for all those are battered by the pandemic including those who lost their loved ones; doctors, nurses, and health worker; those who assist the sick, including priests and pastoral workers; scientists and world leaders.
Contemplating on the Lady of the Rosary and “saying the Rosary is a classic means to express one’s devotion to Mary as well as a way to keep fresh and alive our faith in Jesus, our responsibility as his followers, our task to be his imitators and to offer leaven in the dough of the world and also the proper ecclesial dimension.” (Buono, p.188) We are called to contemplate and especially to meditate on Jesus Christ, the Mother of God and the Gospel in this month of the Rosary.
Let us remember “that never was it known that anyone who fled to thy protection, implored thy help, or sought thy intercession was left unaided…” (Excerpt from the Memorare Prayer). The Lady of the Rosary is always ready to intercede for us before her Son that our prayers may be granted and answered by her Son.
During this period of the pandemic and the month of the Rosary, let us reflect on the words of St. John Paul II as he declared:
“Our heart can enclose in these decades of the Rosary events that comprise the life of an individual, a family, a nation, the Church, and all humanity. The Rosary beats to the rhythm of human life.”
As the Catholic Church prays, contemplates, meditates and invokes the intercession of Our Lady of the Rosary in this month of the Rosary, may we also pray for the healing of the wounded world. Like Mary at the wedding feast at Cana let us listen to her words “Do whatever He tells you” (Jn. 2:5). With Mary on our sides as a Church and the world, we will do whatever Jesus tells in this month of the Rosary.
Authored by REV. MICHAEL SELASI COMBEY// Agnus-Dei Media