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How to Make Your First Saturday Rosary Meditation According to Sr. Lucia

How to Make Your First Saturday Rosary Meditation According to Sr. Lucia

One of the prayers of Our Lady of Fatima made known to Sr. Lucia was that the faithful makes  “communions of reparation” on five consecutive first Saturdays of the month. This has become known as the “First Saturday Devotion,” and its purpose is to make reparation to the Immaculate Heart of Mary for the many ungrateful offenses she suffers patiently from mankind.

In relation to receiving Holy Communion on the first Saturdays of five consecutive months, Our Lady also gave other conditions to fulfill: confession, praying five decades of the rosary, and to keep her company by meditating for fifteen minutes on the rosary mysteries (for example, either in church or before a statue or image of Our Lady).

To those who faithfully meet all these conditions on five first Saturdays in reparation to her Immaculate Heart, Our Lady has assured to help them at the hour of death with the graces important for eternal salvation. That is, she will make sure that those who have concluded her prayer sometime during their life will not die in a state of mortal sin.

WHY A SEPARATE MEDITATION?

One may ponder why Our Lady asked that the faithful meditate on the rosary mysteries for fifteen minutes, when praying the rosary itself involves meditating on the rosary mysteries and takes about fifteen minutes to pray. Wouldn’t praying the rosary fulfill the prayer request for fifteen minutes of meditation?

Comprehending what is meant by meditation in this context will help to explain further. Traditionally, to “make a meditation” involved a structured time of guided meditation (not simply to think about or dwell upon in a random way). Once one makes a meditation properly speaking, they have planned a specific topic on which they will mentally dwell for a set amount of time, examining it from all sides, along with making concrete resolutions to practice specific virtues extracted from what has just been meditated.  If you’ve ever used Catholic meditation books, you’re already used to this. Each day has a topic and always involves questions and/or recommendation where one applies the meditation to unique areas of one’s life.

So, Our Lady has asked that in addition to praying the rosary on the first Saturdays, one should also dedicate fifteen minutes meditating on one or more of the rosary mysteries in order to better exemplify the virtues hidden therein. Below is the manner in which Sr. Lucia of Fatima, the woman to whom Our Lady made this request, finished her first Saturday rosary meditations.

SR. LUCIA’S METHOD FOR FIRST SATURDAY MEDITATION

“Here is my way of making the meditations on the mysteries of the rosary on the first Saturdays:

First mystery, the Annunciation of the Angel Gabriel to Our Lady.

First prelude: to imagine myself seeing and hearing the Angel greet Our Lady with these words: ‘Hail Mary, full of grace.’

Second prelude: I ask Our Lady to infuse into my soul a deep sentiment of humility.

1st point: I will meditate on the attitude in which Heaven proclaims that the Most Holy Virgin is full of grace, blessed among all women and destined to become the Mother of God.

2nd point: The humility of Our Lady, discovering Herself and declaring Herself to be the handmaid of the Lord.

3rd point: How I must imitate Our Lady, in Her humility, what are the faults of pride and arrogance through which I occasionally sin against the Lord, and the means I must be willing to avoid them, etc.

On the second month, I make the meditation on the second joyful mystery. The third month, I make it on the third joyful mystery and so on, following the same method of meditating.

When I have finished the Five First Saturdays, I begin five others and meditate on the sorrowful mysteries, then the glorious ones, and when I have concluded them I start over again with the joyful ones.”

You can see from the above passage that Sister Lucia starts with one of the rosary mysteries, identifies the key virtue showed in it by Mary and/or Jesus, looks into the attitude in which they exercised it, and resolves to do likewise in her own life, rooting out all that is opposed to it.

One of the temptations with praying the rosary is to run through the beads quickly, only dwelling in a superficial way of the rosary mysteries we are praying. To make the meditation as Our Lady requested enables us to dig deeply into just one or two mysteries to pull out more from them than we may have otherwise done.

Our Lady is always guiding us to higher heights in the spiritual life. The First Saturday devotion takes the faithful higher during the course of five months so that we, through Mary’s intercession, will progress in virtue more easily and more perfectly image Christ.

Is it okay to wear a rosary around your neck?

Is it okay to wear a rosary around your neck?

Guess what! There is no rule against wearing rosaries around your neck. Many people think it’s wrong, but let’s consider some other examples. Dominican and Franciscan friars hang the rosary from their belts. Some people wear rosary bracelets, and some even wear rosary rings. You might also hang a rosary from your rear view mirror or your bedpost. None of those things seems wrong. So, is it right to wear rosaries around our necks?

The answer: no and yes. We have to examine why a person would wear it. First of all, the rosary is not a piece of jewelry. Yes, many rosaries are very beautiful and look very much like a necklace, but the truth is, they are not. Wearing it as a decoration, even if you happen to be Catholic, is wrong.

Next, the rosary is not a magic talisman. Some people wear the rosary around their necks because they believe that it provides protection or blessing. This is superstitious, and therefore wrong. Indeed, the rosary is in fact a powerful weapon against evil, but that comes from praying it, not wearing it. The physical beads on a string are only a device to help you keep count.

Finally, some people might wear the rosary (or hang it in their car) as a symbol of their faith. I once knew a guy who kept the rosary in his pocket but purposefully let the cross dangle out so people could see it. This is not wrong, but we must bear something in mind. The (physical) rosary is not a primarily tool for evangelization, but a tool for prayer.

The only reason a person should ever wear a rosary is that he actually prays it. If you pray the rosary (everyday or close to everyday), then feel free to wear the rosary, just as you might a rosary bracelet or ring. That’s not because you earn some kind of right to wear it by praying it. Rather, wearing it might be a convenient reminder to pray. Let’s not be so concerned with whether or not we should wear the rosary. (I keep mine in my pocket.) More important is this: PRAY THE ROSARY!

Yes, you can believe it!

What are 3 Hail Marys?

What are 3 Hail Marys?

The Hail Mary with 3 is an old tradition of the Church
What 3 Hail Mary means

Say this prayer:

Hail Mary, full of Grace,The Lord is with thee.Blessed art thou among women,And blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, Pray for us sinners now, And at the hour of death. Amen.

Old tradition of 3 Hail Mary

Three Hail Marys is a traditional Roman Catholic devotional practice of reciting three Hail Marys as a petition for purity and other virtues. Believers recommend that it be prayed after waking in the morning, and before going to bed, following the examination of conscience at night.

This devotion has been recommended by St. Anthony of Padua, St. Alphonsus Liguori, St. John Bosco and St. Leonard of Port Maurice. Two saints, Mechtilde and Gertrude, are said to have received revelations from the Blessed Virgin Mary regarding this practice.

History

The practice of reciting the Hail Mary three times dates at least to the 12th century. One of the first to practice and recommend it was St. Anthony of Padua (1195–1231). His purpose was “to honor the spotless Virginity of Mary and to preserve a perfect purity of mind, heart and body in the midst of the dangers of the world”. The practice of saying three Hail Marys in the evening somewhere about sunset had become general throughout Europe in the first half of the fourteenth century and it was recommended and indulgenced by Pope John XXII in 1318 and 1327.

Many saints have practiced and recommended the devotion of the “Three Hail Mary”, such as,

  • St. Leonard of Port Maurice,
  • St. Bonaventure,
  • St. John Berchmans,
  • St. John Baptist Mary Vianney (Cure of Ars),
  • St. Stanislaus Kostka,
  • St. Louis Marie Grignion de Montfort,
  • St. John Joseph of the Cross,
  • St. John Baptist de Rossi, St.
  • Gerard Majella,
  • St. Gabriel of Our Lady of Sorrows,
  • Blessed Marcellinus Champagnat,
  • St. Alphonsus Liguori,
  • St. Gemma Galgani, and
  • St. Josemaría Escrivá.

This practice was observed by Franciscans and eventually developed into the Angelus prayer.

According to St. Gertrude (1256–1301), the Blessed Virgin Mary promised the following: “To any soul who faithfully prays the Three Hail Marys, I will appear at the hour of death in a splendor of beauty so extraordinary that it will fill the soul with heavenly consolation.”

One recommended method is as follows:

  • O Mary, by thy pure and Immaculate Conception, make my body pure and my soul holy.
  • Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee. Blessed are thou amongst women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death. Amen.

 

  • O my Mother, preserve me this day from mortal sin.
  • Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee. Blessed are thou amongst women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death. Amen.

 

  • O my Mother, preserve me this day from mortal sin.
  • Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee. Blessed are thou amongst women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death. Amen.

 

What religions say the Hail Mary?

What religions say the Hail Mary?

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What is the meaning of Hail Mary

The Hail Mary, also commonly called the Ave Maria (Latin), is a traditional Catholic prayer asking for the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the mother of Jesus. In Roman Catholicism, the prayer forms the basis of the Rosary and the Angelus prayers.

Parts of Hail Mary

The Hail Mary is actually two prayers, joined together.

As constructed today some people have asserted that the prayer does not go back any further than the fifteenth century. Although it’s constituent parts are likely much older. I think that this magnificent prayer deserves some reflection.

From another website:

Words are taken from the Gospel of St. Luke and join together the words of the Angel Gabriel at the Annunciation (Luke 1:28) with Elizabeth’s greeting to Mary at the Visitation (Luke 1:42).

Hail: salute, greet or call

To say hail Mary! is to say hello. When the angel Gabriel greeted Mary at the annunciation it was like saying “hello Mary”, likely with great joy. As Father Ambrose points out, the Eastern version of the English translation has Gabriel telling Mary to rejoice instead of merely saying hello. So, was he saying “hello” joyfully? Or was he telling her to rejoice?

I think likely both, he was joyfully proclaiming that Mary was blessed by God, and asking her to rejoice with him, and we do too!

Rejoice! Mary full of Grace, the Lord is with you!
Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb Jesus.

The effects of the Rosary in our Lifes

Mary is blessed, and Jesus is blessed! This becomes our blessing too.

The second half of the Hail Mary prayer was added at sometime during the 16th century.

The second part is a lot like the ejaculatory prayers early Christians were so very fond of, and may have been sung separately at one time. Another such prayer is the Jesus prayer, in its shorter form goes like this: “Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me a sinner!”

To say Holy Mary is as to say “saint Mary”. Mary is sanctified and deified, she is holy as we are all called to be holy. She is the great example. As we pray for each other, we especially appreciate her prayers for us, this is an appeal to her to keep us in mind and stay by our side.

Holy Mary, mother of God, pray for us sinners…
now and at the hour of our death.

Amen, amen, amen