Praying The Rosary

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In the Catholic liturgical calendar, today, 7 October is the Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary. The month of October is dedicated to the Most Holy Rosary, in honour of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

Praying the rosary has a profound effect on people’s lives. Perhaps this is an opportune time to share one lady’s personal experiences – the article is called:

How The Rosary Changed My Life by Jacqueline Burkepile (please click here to read it)

While we are on the topic of prayers, let us pray for each other and for Peace in the world.

God bless us all.

Amen.

 

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St. Anne’s Feast

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Photograph taken in the iconic church of St. Anne, Bukit Mertajam, Penang.

26 July is the Feast Day of St. Anne, the mother of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

In Malaysia, the St. Anne’s Feast of Bukit Mertajam happens to be one of the 20 biggest Catholic pilgrimages in the world, and is celebrated at St. Anne’s Church, Bukit Mertajam on the mainland of Penang.

It regularly attracts an estimate of about 100,000 pilgrims from Malaysia as well as neighbouring countries, who gather to pray or thank her for prayers answered and petitions granted through her powerful intercession.

Spread over a period of ten days which includes the actual feast day on 26 July, celebrations include a candlelight procession, a nine-day novena and adoration of the Blessed Sacrament.

A prayer to St. Anne:

Dear Saint Anne, 

I praise god and honor you for having been given the grace to be the mother of the Blessed Virgin Mary and grandmother of our Lord Jesus Christ. 

Many who have implored your help have felt the happy effects of your goodness and powerful intercession. Encouraged by this thought, I humbly implore you, O good Saint Anne to hear my request:

(here mention your petition)

O loving Saint Anne, whose heart is ever full of human sympathy for those in trouble, pain or anxiety, have pity on me and grant me your favour as you have done for others in so many wonderful cases for the greater glory of God. Help me to know, love and follow Jesus by being a concerned citizen and an active member of His Church and to reach Heaven, there to praise God with you forever and ever.

Amen.

All Knotted Up…?

In the last few years, we discovered with much delight, the special novena to ‘Mary Undoer of Knots’ or ‘Mary Untier of Knots’ and are pleased to note that we share this favourite Marian devotion with Pope Francis (please click here for article).

The ‘knots’ in this context relates to the challenges in our daily lives for which we do not see any solution. In today’s world, the 300 year Marian devotion is fast gaining popularity far and wide, as it has been translated into several languages. It is interesting to note that it is not based on any apparition of the Virgin Mary.

Image of Mary Undoer of Knots painting (from Wikipedia)

Image of Mary Undoer of Knots painting (from Wikipedia)

For more indepth background information, do click here and for how to pray the novena, please click here.

To show its popularity through the ages, the devotion has its place in the Pinterest too. And, for mobile phone techies out there, there is even an App for this novena from itunes – click here to view.

While we are on the subject of Pope Francis, he happens to be the cover story of the APR-JUN 2013 issue of the 24-page Garabandal International magazine which is available online for your reading pleasure, please click here.

APR-JUN 2013 issue of Garabandal International magazine

APR-JUN 2013 issue of Garabandal International magazine

Until the next post, may all of us contribute towards a peaceful world, with more prayers and goodwill towards one another.

Amen.