For more than 700 years our Catholic spirituality has been strengthened and inspired by the use of the Holy Rosary. This very simple form of prayer has enabled countless people to enter prayerfully and contemplatively into the central mysteries of the life and death and Resurrection of Jesus. It has also allowed us to find a close and loving relationship with Mary, the Mother of Jesus. Many of us have grown up with the beautiful tradition of praying the rosary each day as a family, and even when we pray the Rosary alone we are aware that we are caught up in a beautiful form of prayer that nourishes so many who share our faith all over the world.
October of each year is traditionally designated as the Month of the Rosary, and so it is good to know that in our parish of Holy Redeemer we will be holding two special events to mark the significance of the Rosary in our spiritual lives. The first of these will take place this coming Saturday, 10th October, when along with thousands of other parishes all over the world we will gather to pray the rosary in public. We will begin the Rosary at 12 noon at the front entrance of the Church and the recitation of the Rosary will be led by Life Teen and the Redemptorist Community. It is my prayer that as many parishioners as possible will gather to participate in this public display of prayer. For those unable to attend here at Holy Redeemer, the Rosary will also be recited publicly at 12 noon at the Harry Goemans Shopping Centre in Constantia. May this occasion of grace bring abundant blessings on each of us and on our families and our parish community.
The second event that will take place during October will be on Thursday, 22nd October, when we will hold a special Novena service in preparation for the 150th anniversary of the Redemptorists being given the Icon of Our Mother of Perpetual Help. The focus of the special Novena service will again be on the significance of the Holy Rosary in our faith and life. We will offer more details on that in the very near future.
It is very inspiring for us to know that all of the recent Popes have continually highlighted the value of the Holy Rosary in our daily lives. Pope Francis has made this a frequent message to Catholics all over the world. In a recent interview he said that the Rosary is a prayer that always accompanies him, and that the beauty of the Rosary is that “it is the prayer of the ordinary people and of the saints. It is a prayer from my heart”. In that same interview he acknowledged that for the last twenty years he has recited 15 decades of the Rosary each day. May we all be inspired by his example and also share in this great prayer which is the prayer of both the ordinary people and of the saints.
Fr Gerard, CSsR