Solemn Mass marking feast of Our Lady of the Rosary

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Solemn Mass marking feast of Our Lady of the Rosary

By Munir Bayouk/en.abouna.org

Latin Patriarchal Vicar for Jordan Bishop William Shomali celebrated Mass at the Church of the Rosary Sisters School in Shmeisani, Amman, on Friday, October 5, marking the feast of Our Lady of the Rosary.

The Mass was concelebrated by First Counselor for the Apostolic Nunciature in Amman Monsignor Mauro Lalli, a number of priests and decons.In attendance were Regional Superior Sister Micheline Ma’louf, School Director Sister Conchita Hassan, a number of Rosary sisters, school teachers and students, and a large number of believers from various regions in the Kingdom.
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In his homily, Bishop Shomali talked about the importance of prayer and praying the rosary quoting Lord Jesus Christ, “For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them." Stressing that Virgin Mary is the noblest model of humanity, he said that the She is compassionate mother for when you pray the rosary, you will find strength and consolation.

The Story of Our Lady of the Rosary
Saint Pius V established this feast in 1573. The purpose was to thank God for the victory of Christians over the Turks at Lepanto--a victory attributed to the praying of the rosary. Clement XI extended the feast to the universal Church in 1716.

The development of the rosary has a long history. First a practice developed of praying 150 Our Fathers in imitation of the 150 Psalms. Then there was a parallel practice of praying 150 Hail Marys. Soon a mystery of Jesus’ life was attached to each Hail Mary.

After Virgin Mary gave the rosary to Saint Dominic, the development of this prayer form owes much to the followers of Saint Dominic. One of them, Alan de la Roche, was known as “the apostle of the rosary.” He founded the first Confraternity of the Rosary in the 15th century. In the 16th century, the rosary was developed to its present form—with the 15 mysteries: joyful, sorrowful and glorious. In 2002, Pope John Paul II added five Mysteries of Light to this devotion.

Sat, 10/06/2018 - 11:26
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