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Know the difference – True and the Satanic Rosaries

Know the difference – True and the Satanic Rosaries

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The Satanic Rosaries

The Catholic Church has warned the Filipino faithful against the circulation of Satanic rosaries and religious items in the country.

Diocese of Novaliches Office of Exorcism (Libera Nox) chief exorcist Fr. Ambrosio Nonato Legaspi warned Catholics against using rosaries that may be “infested or cursed,” as reported by CBCP News.

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The True Catholic Rosary

Fr. Legaspi explained that these rosaries, as well as Masonic medals that are also in circulation, are those that are distributed by Satanists, particularly a group called Illuminati. The satanic rosaries are “prayed over” by its makers, and are consecrated to evil so that evil spirits will follow those who use it.

“These were made not only to be simply given away but to deceive Catholics…so that evil spirits will haunt them,” Fr. Legaspi was quoted in the report.

Satanic rosaries, according to Diocese of Novaliches Libera Nox assistant case officer Philippe De Guzman, have odd symbols that are not easily visible to the naked eye.

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The odd symbols that are inscripted in the rosaries are as follows:

  1. The rosaries which are often made of plastic,
  2. could have a snake wrapped around the cross,
  3. a pentagram, and
  4. a sun with rays which is an insignia of the Illuminati.
  5. Masonic medals on the other hand, look like that of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal except that the isngnia of Masons–a compass, is placed at the bottom.

Fr. Legaspi is also calling upon Catholic priests to bless religious items according to Catholic rituals and to exorcise them, especially if its owners have experienced paranormal occurrences.

“Not just a blessing, these items should be exorcised. Not just an ordinary blessing where water is just sprinkled–as most priests commonly do–but to use the Catholic ritual…that would frighten the demon away,” he said.

Fr. Legaspi also explained that exorcists should not just sprinkle holy water on cursed or infested religious items since this will not make evil spirits go away especially if Satanists carried a ritual that lasted for more than 30 minutes.

“The Meeting of the Moms” (Luke 1:39-45)-Wow!

“The Meeting of the Moms” (Luke 1:39-45)-Wow!

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Meeting of the Moms

Over these three midweek Advent services, we’ve been looking at readings from Luke chapter one, which is the lead-up to the Christmas Gospel itself in chapter two. Back in our first midweek service, we heard the angel Gabriel announce to Zechariah that he and his wife Elizabeth would have a child named John, John the Baptist.

Then last week we heard Gabriel announce to Mary that she would give birth to Jesus. Now today these two storylines intersect. Mary goes to visit her relative Elizabeth. It’s the account of “The Visitation,” that is, the visit of Mary to Elizabeth, while both women were expecting their very special children. I’m calling this story “The Meeting of the Moms.”

The Meeting of the Moms”:

Aged Elizabeth, the mother of John the Baptist. And young Mary, the mother of Jesus the Christ. Both women were granted these children under very unusual circumstances, to say the least! Elizabeth was well advanced in years and had been unable to have children. Mary was not yet married, and she became pregnant as a virgin in a most miraculous way. Both women received their special roles in God’s plan with humility and faith. Both women rejoice in realizing what God is doing through them. So today we’re dropping in on the greatest baby shower of them all, the meeting of these two expectant mothers, Mary and Elizabeth. And while we see “The Two in the Room,” let’s not forget “The Two in the Womb,” John the Baptist and Jesus.

Elizabeth is about six months along, and Mary has just conceived. Our text in Luke begins: “In those days Mary arose and went with haste into the hill country, to a town in Judah, and she entered the house of Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth.” Now here there is an interesting parallel with something that happened in the Old Testament. In 2 Samuel we read about the time when David was wanting to bring the ark of the covenant to Jerusalem. Now what was so special about the ark of the covenant? Well, it was the dwelling place of the Lord, the place where the Lord located his gracious presence in the midst of his people to bless them.

Now in our text from Luke, it says that Mary arose and went into the hill country of Judah. In 2 Samuel, it says that David arose and was bringing the ark into the hill country of Judah. Mary enters Elizabeth’s house and remains there for three months and brings great blessing to that household. David brings the ark to the house of Obed-edom, and the ark remains there for three months, and the Lord blessed Obed-edom and his household. Quite the parallels!

You see, it’s almost like Mary herself is a human ark of the covenant, because she is bearing the Lord’s presence within her. She’s carrying the Christ child wherever she goes. And where Jesus is, there is great blessing. Mary is bearing within her the Word made flesh, who comes to make his dwelling among us. “And the Word became flesh and ‘tabernacled’ among us.”

Mary enters the house and greets Elizabeth. As she does, something remarkable happens: The baby leaps in Elizabeth’s womb! Remember what the angel Gabriel had said about John: “He will be filled with the Holy Spirit, even from his mother’s womb.” And so here, even inside Elizabeth’s womb, “John the Baby” can sense that he is in the presence of the Messiah whose way he will prepare. For everywhere that Mary went, the Lamb was sure to go–Christ, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world, as John himself would proclaim years later.

Then Elizabeth, herself filled with the Holy Spirit, tells Mary, “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb!” It’s as though Elizabeth is saying: “Mary, you have been given a great honor, to bear the Savior of the world. I mean, I am honored to bear my son, the forerunner of the Lord, but you get to give birth to the Lord himself! What a blessing!”

Elizabeth continues: “And why is this granted to me that the mother of my Lord should come to me?” Hear the humble faith in Elizabeth’s words. She realizes that she is not worthy of such a visitation. At the same time, she realizes that her Lord is coming to her, and this means great blessing. Such humble faith is truly the work of the Holy Spirit.

Do you have the humility and the faith of an Elizabeth? Do you recognize that you are not worthy to have God grace you with his presence? Do you realize you’re a sinner, that you have broken God’s commandments, that you deserve judgment and not a gracious visitation from the Lord? I hope you do know this. For Jesus comes into our midst precisely to forgive sinners like you and me and to bring us his blessing.

As with Elizabeth, the Holy Spirit works in your heart through the gospel, so that you trust in Jesus as your Lord and Savior. This gospel tells you that this little child came as our brother, in the flesh, so that he could do the only job that saves us. Jesus came to keep God’s law perfectly on our behalf. He came to offer the one holy, perfect sacrifice that atones for all our sins. He suffered and died a sinner’s death on the cross, taking the punishment we deserve. Jesus came to be our peace and our life. He did this when he rose victorious over sin and death, and now he grants us blessing and joy in their place. Yes, when Jesus enters the house, you get all of these blessings with him. And this is enough to make anyone leap for joy!

Elizabeth continues and tells Mary: “For behold, when the sound of your greeting came to my ears, the baby in my womb leaped for joy.” So here we’ve got John filled with the Holy Spirit, Elizabeth filled with the Holy Spirit, and Mary, whose child was conceived by the Holy Spirit. In each one of them, the Holy Spirit is pointing to Jesus and producing joy.

That’s how it is with us, isn’t it? The presence of Christ among us brings us great joy. The gospel sound that greets us here in church lets us know that Jesus is here, present. And so we rejoice. The Holy Spirit is doing his work in our hearts, pointing us to our Savior Jesus Christ, and nothing could be more joyful than that. John leaped for joy, he was so glad to be in the presence of Jesus. Now some of us here may be past our leaping prime, but the coming of Christ in our midst should get at least ten Lutherans a-leaping.

Elizabeth has one more word for Mary: “And blessed is she who believed that there would be a fulfillment of what was spoken to her from the Lord.” Faith is what we’re seeing here, faith all around. The faith that Elizabeth had, to know that this was no ordinary child Mary was bringing into the room. And the faith of Mary. Elizabeth commends Mary for her faith, that she believed the great things the angel had told her about the son she would have.

Dear friends, the meeting of the moms is a meeting of two great women of faith. Both Mary and Elizabeth stand out as wonderful examples for us. They believed the Lord’s words, and they received his gifts. The Holy Spirit produced this faith in them. And now the Spirit will do this same work in you. The Holy Spirit will lead you to trust the words and promises of God. The Spirit will work a Mary-and-Elizabeth-like faith in you.

There are a whole bunch of miracles that we see in our text today. The way that both Elizabeth and Mary got pregnant, of course. But also the way that both Mary and Elizabeth believed and rejoiced in the good news of the coming Savior. That too is a miracle. Even little John got in on the believing-and-rejoicing act. Anytime anyone is given the gift of faith and joy in the Lord, that is a miracle of God. It’s the work of the Holy Spirit, working through the Word, to produce a saving faith and a blessed joy in our hearts.

Today we have heard the story of the visitation of Mary to Elizabeth. It was the meeting of the moms. But don’t forget those boys! Mary and Elizabeth are the two in the room, but Jesus and John are the two in the womb. So they meet also, Jesus and John do. Because everywhere that Mary went, the Lamb was sure to go. Even in the womb, Jesus brought great blessing and joy to the home of Elizabeth and Zechariah.

And Jesus brings blessing and joy to our homes, too. When you gather with your family this Christmas, Jesus will bring the joy with him. And when we gather here in God’s house, with our church family, Christ will surely be present to bless us with his gifts. Wherever Mary’s baby boy goes, he brings the blessing and the joy with him.

Should We wear the Rosary as a necklace?

Should We wear the Rosary as a necklace?

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The church, even till tomorrow, will never cease to receive in tonnes, different views about the rosary. Countless times, i have been challenge on the use of rosary as a necklace. questions like

  • Is it proper to use the rosary as part of our wears.i.e as a necklace
  • If I don’t pray the rosary, am i sinning against God?
  • Pray the rosary and do not wear it!
  • Is there a particular time one can say the rosary?
  • Can non-Catholic say the rosary?

Holistically, we shall be attempting all the questions displayed above or that which may still be in your mind

Is it proper to use the rosary as part of our wears.i.e as a necklace

The rosary is not a fashion and should not be treated as such. It is a religious article, meant for edification of our worship. It is a prayer bead not fashionable bead. However, make sure you go with your rosary anywhere you maybe going. If you must wear it, Pray it. However, i suggest that you can it about as a sacred tools to approach heaven. See it as a tool to approach heaven and then you will respect it by getting a rosary case and put it there. Perfect

If I don’t pray the rosary, am i sinning against God?

If you do not say your rosary, hello Catholics, you have not sinned against God. The rosary is not God that judges our acts. A sin is an act that is against God. God created the rosary through the CHurch. It can never take the place of God.

In as much as we encourage the devotion to Mary by praying the Rosary, the rosary in itself is not God. The Rosary is a reminder to God that Through Angel Gabriel visitation to Maiden in Bethlehem, His SOn came into the World and Died for humanity in order to redeem them from their sin and reconcile them back to God.

Is there a particular time one can say the rosary?

God loves times and season. He Said Everything under the face of the son has time and Season. In the Gospel of Matthew, The Bible said ,” At the hour of three, Peter and John were going to the beautiful temple…..” meaning that there is actually a prayer time. However, No particular is set to pray the rosary.

That being said, God will be glad if you stick to a particular time of worship for him. So, we encourage you to have your own prayer time either for the rosary or other types of prayer. 12 midnight, 3.00’clock night or Noon are very good time to pray.

Can non-Catholic say the rosary?

Anyone can say the rosary so as long you have the interest and you know the wordings. For Non-Catholics, Meet Catholics to teach you the prayer. Better still get a manual on how to say the rosary from any Catholic Booksop or Store.

God Bless You as you pray this beautiful piece from God himself via Angel Gabriel and His Church. Amen

“Angel Gabriel’s Gracious Greeting” (Luke 1:26-38)

“Angel Gabriel’s Gracious Greeting” (Luke 1:26-38)

Angel Gabriel’s – Good news Angel

Every year on the Fourth Sunday in Advent, the Holy Gospel is a reading about Mary. Last year it was the message to Joseph that Mary would bear a son. Next year it will be Mary’s visitation to Elizabeth. This year it is the Annunciation to Mary that she will conceive in her womb and bear a son. So each year on this Sunday there’s something about Mary becoming the mother of our Lord, which is most fitting on the Sunday closest to Christmas.

As I say, our text today is the Annunciation, the announcement by the angel Gabriel to the virgin Mary. Gabriel comes to Mary and says to her, “Greetings, O favored one, the Lord is with you!” But then Mary’s reaction is a bit puzzling. It says, “She was greatly troubled at the saying, and tried to discern what sort of greeting this might be.” Well, that’s our question, too. What sort of greeting is this? And what sort of meaning does it have for us? That’s what we’ll find out now, as we consider “Gabriel’s Gracious Greeting.”

Let’s begin by considering Gabriel’s opening words: “Greetings, O favored one, the Lord is with you!” “Greetings.” Sounds like an obvious thing to start with. And this could be heard as just an ordinary greeting, much like we would say, “Hello.” But interestingly, the Greek word “Greetings” is related to the word for “Rejoice.” And that just fits. Think of the Gradual for Advent that we sang: “Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion.” And Mary is the embodiment of that “daughter of Zion.” For in her will be fulfilled the reason for the rejoicing: “Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion. Shout aloud, O daughter of Jerusalem. Behold, your king is coming to you; righteous and having salvation.” Greetings, Mary! Rejoice, Mary! Israel’s king is coming, very soon, and you will be the one to bring him into the world!

“Greetings,” Gabriel says, “Greetings, O favored one.” The term “favored” means favored by God, graced by him, shown his unmerited grace and favor. And that was true for every Israelite maiden, just as it’s true for every one of us. But for Mary it was a special grace and favor shown to her, only to her. For Mary would have the unique privilege, the highest honor, of bearing Israel’s Messiah. Mary was, as we sang in the hymn, the “most highly favored lady.”

Gabriel continues: “Greetings, O favored one, the Lord is with you!” “The Lord is with you!” The angel tells Mary that the Lord’s presence is with her, and will be with her, in a special way. Gabriel will explain that in a moment, when he says, “You will conceive in your womb,” and then proceeds to tell her just who this son she will be bearing is. “The Lord is with you!” Just as the Lord God was present in the tabernacle and the temple, now Mary’s womb will be the tabernacle and the ark of the covenant where the Lord’s presence will be located. She will be the vessel bearing the holy Son of God! Gabriel will tell Mary about this child in a moment, but for now, in his initial greeting, he simply says, “The Lord is with you.”

“Greetings, O favored one, the Lord is with you!” So now we’re beginning to see what sort of greeting this is. But at this point Mary doesn’t know what we know. All she knows is that this angel has shown up and is speaking to her! No wonder it says, “But she was greatly troubled at the saying, and tried to discern what sort of greeting this might be.” Mary may have been highly favored, but she was also greatly troubled and highly perplexed!

The angel recognizes this, so he reassures her: “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God.” “Do not be afraid,” or “Fear not.” How often do we see this in the Bible! It seems that whenever a human being encounters an angel, the common reaction is almost always one of fear. But then the angel will typically say, “Fear not,” “Do not be afraid.” You see, when mere mortals encounter angels, the natural reaction is to be overwhelmed by the power and majesty of these heavenly beings. So it is here with Mary. The appearance of the angel and his singling her out for a special announcement caused her to be greatly troubled. And the angel has to tell her, “Do not be afraid.”

Back to Gabriel’s words, “Greetings, O favored one, the Lord is with you!” What sort of greeting is this? At this point we should mention the sort of greeting many people have been led to think this is. Our Roman Catholic friends think it tells us something about Mary herself. The Latin translation, if you insert the name Maria, begins with the words, “Ave, Maria, gratia plena.” The Latin, in turn, is traditionally translated as “Hail, Mary, full of grace.” You may recognize those words as part of the Roman Catholic Rosary: “Hail, Mary, full of grace,” etc.

The problem here is that Rome makes too much of this greeting to Mary. For one thing, the word, “Hail,” is taken as some sort of veneration that we render to Mary, instead of being understood as simply the angel’s greeting to her. For another thing, the Rosary is used as an invocation of Mary, asking her to “pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death.” That goes beyond what Scripture tells us to do. The invocation of the saints, and of Mary in particular–as though Mary has any special merit to add to our prayers–is nowhere taught in Scripture. Christ is our mediator with the Father, through whom our prayers gain access. It is the merits of Christ alone, interceding for us in heaven–this is all we need to gain God’s favor.

And that leads to another problem with the wrong understanding of “Hail, Mary, full of grace.” It is how the phrase, “full of grace,” is perceived. How exactly was Mary “full of grace”? Was it that she was and is full of grace to bestow, that she herself is a source of grace? No. Mary, in herself, is not a bestower of grace. Rather, she was the recipient of grace–God’s grace, bestowed upon her as a free gift. As someone once put it, “Mary is a vessel to receive, not a fountain to dispense.” Mary was a poor sinful being, just like you and me in that respect, wholly dependent upon God’s free grace and favor. To be sure, she is the most blessed of women, and all generations shall call her blessed. We honor Mary very highly in the Lutheran church. But her blessedness is pure grace and gift on God’s part, nothing intrinsic in Mary.

Well, actually, there is something about Mary. It’s that child she is conceiving and will bear. So in that sense you could say that Mary is “full of grace.” Because she’s full of Jesus! She is carrying God’s grace in her womb, in the person of that little baby! This is Mary’s Savior and our Savior she will bear! So let’s talk about that child, shall we? That’s who Gabriel wants to talk about. Listen to all the wonderful things he says about the baby she will bear, a son named Jesus: “He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. And the Lord God will give to him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end.”

This is the fulfillment of the promise made to King David centuries earlier, that through one of David’s descendants God’s everlasting kingdom would come. The throne of this Son of David would be established forever. The child to be born–the child that Gabriel tells Mary she will bear–this Jesus will be the great Davidic Messiah, who will usher in the kingdom of heaven, an eternal kingdom of blessing and peace.

That is who this Jesus is. That’s who Jesus is for you, dear ones! He is your king, your Savior, who blesses you with God’s gift of eternal life. Mary’s boy-child, Jesus Christ–he has done that for you, on the cross and at the empty tomb. He is doing that for you now, through his blessed gospel, the Word and Sacrament by which you believe in him and have your sins forgiven. And Mary’s son, the Messiah, will do that for you at the Last Day, when he returns and welcomes you into his everlasting kingdom.

“Behold, Mary, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son.” Well, one little problem, Mary thinks: “How will this be, since I am a virgin?” Gabriel answers her: “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; therefore the child to be born will be called holy–the Son of God.”

Here we come to the mystery of the Incarnation, and so here we must bow in humility and reverence. “Who for us men and for our salvation came down from heaven and was incarnate by the Holy Spirit of the virgin Mary and was made man.” Only the God-man Savior, God in the flesh, could deliver us from our sins and win salvation for us. In order to be our substitute, to suffer death as the punishment for our sins, Jesus had to be true man. But for his death to be of such infinite value and worth as to cover the sins of the whole world, this same Jesus also had to be true God. True God and true man, one Christ–this is Jesus, our Lord and Savior.

Jesus, the Son of God born of Mary, Jesus the crucified and risen one, who will return one day as King of kings and Lord of lords–he is the only Savior there is or ever has been or ever will be. No one else, and nothing else, can save you. Not the merits of Mary or the saints. Not your own merits or worthiness. And not any slackness or softness in God’s justice, either. No, God’s just judgment on sinners was poured out on Christ on the cross, and those were your sins he died for. Your one and only hope for eternal life is in Jesus Christ alone.

And the good news is, you have it! You do have that sure hope! You do have that Savior! Yes, Mary–and Marianne and Michelle and Michael: This child announced by the angel, conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary–this Jesus Christ is your Lord, who has redeemed you, a lost and condemned person, purchased and won you from all sins, from death, and from the power of the devil. Now you belong to him, and by God’s grace you will live under him in his kingdom, in everlasting righteousness, innocence, and blessedness.

When Christ returns, dear Christian, he will welcome you into his eternal kingdom. And what sort of greeting will that be! Fantastic! Wonderful! In fact, it might even be the same as Gabriel’s gracious greeting to Mary, for there could be nothing better than that: “Greetings, O favored one, the Lord is with you!”