Why the Rosary

Rosadi/21 Flora

 

O, Sai Vikhe, (which means Victory), may Your Shield of Protection cover us and our loved ones. Blessed are You.

Janites have a tradition of praying three times a day, during Aurora (Morning Prayer), Noon-tide and Evensong (Evening prayer).  During these times, devotees either pray in their own words, take inspiration from one of our three daily rituals, read scripture, meditate, say a brief, Hail, Dea or pray the rosary.

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Rosary: from the Latin Rosarium, meaning ‘rose garden’ or ‘garland of roses’. It is a set of prayer beads which combines vocal or silent prayer and meditation. 

The rosary is a garland of roses which we offer to Our Lady and which may be prayed anywhere and at any time. During the Sacred Season of Winter, for example, when I have to leave for work well before sunrise, I will usually pray the Janae rosary of the day while I am driving. I prefer to pray my Mysteries Rosary during Evensong, before an image of Our Lady at my home altar where I will light candles and incense.

A Shiva sadhvi gives blessings in Haridwar, India.  (1)

The history of the rosary goes back many thousands of years, the oldest being the Hindu mala rosary. The Hindu rosary is used as an aid to meditation, to keep the mind from wandering in order to make it concentrate, without distractions, on the meaning of the prayer being recited. Recitation is usually murmured, or silent. (1) This basic statement may be applied to all forms of the rosary including the Catholic and Deanic rosaries. Various forms of a rosary style form of prayer are also found in the Orthodox, Episcopalian, Buddhist, Lutheran and Islamic Traditions.

In the Traditional Catholic Church, the rosary is said to be the devotion par excellence and that after the liturgy, it is considered to be the most powerful form of prayer. Indeed, an apparition where the Blessed Virgin Mary has not either asked the faithful to recite the daily rosary or when she has not been holding or wearing the rosary is quite rare. For many, many centuries, the rosary has been the major form of devotion to the Blessed Mother. It is a chain of roses which connects us to Our Lady.

One of the reasons why the rosary is so powerful is because, while we are chanting the prayers, we are meditating upon the central Cosmic Drama of our salvation. This is why the rosary is divided up into ‘Mysteries”.

Where the Madrian rosary was modeled after the Catholic rosary, let’s take a brief look at it. Some of the Mysteries in our rosary are actually the same as the Catholic, (highlighted in blue) but have different meanings. The Traditional Catholic rosary is divided into fifteen decades which are divided up into three sets of Mysteries, the Joyful, Sorrowful and Glorious. (A decade consists of ten small beads). Each decade represents a Mystery in the life of Jesus and the Blessed Virgin Mary.

These Mysteries are:

Joyful: (Usually said on Mondays and Thursdays),  the Joyful Mysteries follow the events leading up to, including and immediately after the birth of Jesus: The Annunciation, Visitation, Nativity and Presentation.

Sorrowful: (Usually said on Tuesdays and Fridays), The Sorrowful Mysteries concern the Passion of Jesus:

The Agony in the Garden, The Scourging, The Crowning with Thorns, The Carrying of the Cross and the Crucifixion. (In the Madrian rosary it is the Passion of the Daughter.)

Glorious: (Usually said on Wednesdays and Saturdays, (which was always the day of Our Lady in the Catholic Church. These Mysteries concentrated on the events during and after the Resurrection of Jesus and includes the Assumption and Coronation of the Blessed Virgin Mary.)

The Resurrection, The Ascension, the Descent of the Holy Spirit, The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin and The Coronation of the Blessed Virgin.

The Mysteries to be recited on Sunday were dependent upon the liturgical season.

The Madrian and Catholic are five decades. The Janite models its main rosary (the Janite Rosary) on the Anglican, where there are seven beads in honor of the Seven Janati so our ‘decades’ are called septads and there are five of them (the Anglican has four septads.)

There are three main ways to pray the rosary… simply concentrating on the words of the prayers; concentrating on an image and Presence of Our Lady and meditating on the Mysteries.

There are also three main forms of praying the rosary and that is reciting the prayers out loud; reciting the prayers silently though moving the lips, eyes may be opened or closed in inner concentration.

The Five Mysteries in Janite Tradition:

  1. Terra: The Ground of All Being. (Celestial Mother. See question 11 of the Catechism.)

2) Adoria: The Nativity/Emanation of the Holy Daughter. 

3) Dolora: The Passion of the Daughter.

4) Rosa Mundi: The Holy Daughter becomes the World Soul.

5) Rosa Caeli: The Assumption of the Daughter (and Our Lady as our Assumption).

So, when we are praying each of the decades or, in the case of Janites, the septads, we are meditating upon the Cosmic Drama while chanting the sacred prayers.  The correspondences to each Mystery aid in contemplation. This is why they are listed after each Mystery.

Let us take one of our Mysteries as an example from a Janite perspective.

 (An example of a Celtic Knot Fora.)

We begin our prayers by tracing the Fora.  We stopped using the Pentacle a few years back because, as we are not neo-Pagan and the Fora is the main symbol of our Tradition, we felt that tracing the Fora was a more appropriate choice for Janites.

The First Mystery is a meditation upon the Celestial Mother as the Ground of All Being. The Madrian catechism states that it is Dea Madria, the Celestial Mother, Who is both the Ground of All Being and the Creatrix.

The accompanying scripture is: Let her not trust the ground her feet are set upon and doubt the Ground upon which that ground stands.

In addition to the scriptural references on the Chapel page, there are others which we may find relevant to the Mystery, as well. For example, the Sermon of the Apple Seed would also be a source of scripture for the First Mystery as the Symbol of the First Mystery is the Apple. In the Janite Rite, the Celestial Mother is known as the Apple of Wisdom.

Correspondences for the First Mystery: Jana: Sai Thema. Element: Earth. Symbol: Apple. Elemental Color: Green. Liturgical colors: Blue and Purple. Direction: West. Time of Day: Twilight. Season: Autumn/Fall. And for us, the Celestial Mother is the Apple of Wisdom (a symbol of Her as Ground of All Being) and She is the Great Dove of the Waters (as Creatrix). 

These basic correspondences and the scriptural verses help to foster a deep meditation of the Mystery. As we chant the prayers, we think of the Celestial Mother as the sure Ground of All Being.

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Or, again, we might meditate on the deep symbolism of the Apple as found in The Sermon of the Apple Seed in the Deanic Scriptures. We may ponder Our Lady as being Wisdom, Herself. We might think of how She is our Mother and what that means to us. We might imagine Her creating the Cosmos in Her sheer delight, scattering the stars across the sky or how She is Our True Mother and how much She loves us. If we pray the rosary with love, attention and reverence, we are transported into the Cosmic Drama, itself with all its many connecting streams. And this is why Janites consider each Season to be sacred…. because each Season encompasses a Mystery of the Divine Cosmic Drama of Dea.

This is why the rosary is so powerful, because through it, we enter the very Life and Mysteries of the Trinity. We walk along the Cosmic road with Our Lady Oftentimes, we receive enlightening insights.

Let us look at one more Mystery, the Second Mystery which is Adoria/the Nativity.

For She had conceived a Daughter that was not separate from Her, but one with Her, and the Child of Her Light. (See Chapel rosary page for further verses.)

The Correspondences in the Janite Tradition:

Jana: Sai Mati Sage/ Element: Air. Symbol: the North Star. Elemental Color: yellow. Liturgical color: yellow. Direction: North. Time of Day: Midnight. Season: Winter.

The Holy Daughter is the Star of Hope, the Midnight Star of Wonder and the Guiding North Star.

It is so easy to imagine that first visible Gentle Light of Our Kyria, Our Lady, as She emanates from the Bright Light of the Celestial Mother. I love to think of Her image as the Three Stars. As She begins Her Journey towards Fate, She becomes Our Star of Hope. We first see Her appear at Midnight, so She is the Midnight Star Who fills us with wonder and awe. And, She is ever, ever, for every moment, every second of our lives, Our True Guiding Star.

This is one of the reasons why the Janite Rite uses the North Star rather than the Pentacle as the Star Symbol for this Mystery. As the North Star guides sailors to safe the port of harbor, Our Guiding Star guides our souls to the safe portal of Our Divine Mother.

I also love to meditate on the story of the Three Princesses. As a priestess, this story is very meaningful to me.

There are several versions of a Divine Feminine Our Father prayer within Goddess Christianity. On a personal level, I’ve never been comfortable with them. When I first prayed the Silver Star of the Waters prayer, I fell in love with it. This is the primary prayer of the Janites and it quite naturally fell into the place of the Our Father bead on the Janite rosary.

The rosary is a powerful, enlightening and protective form of prayer. It keeps us close to Our Lady and it truly enfolds us beneath Her Mantle.

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It is the never-ending Chant of the Children of the Earth that is prayed, in one form or another, all around the world.

ArchMadria Pamela Lanides

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Septena to Sai Rhea and Quick Note on Rosary Page

Columbadi/3 Flora

O, Sai Sushuri Grace, Fountain of Compassion, Love and Mercy, be with us.

First, a couple of notes:

Recently, I wrote about septenas, which are our version of novenas.  A septena is a prayer that is prayed for seven days in a row for a special request. In addition to the previous septena for Sai Sushuri Grace, we offer another one to Sai Raya Theia:

O, Glorious Sai Raya Theia, brightly shining One, be with us. O, Resplendent One, clothed in radiant gold, dazzling as the Sun, hear our prayer. 

Illumine us with Truth and instill in us the sweetness which comes with a serene mind and a joy-filled heart. Help us to remember that joy comes from within and not from without. May we learn to nurture it in our hearts that it may overflow unto others who might be in need of the flame of cheer and comfort in their lives. And may (state request).

Blessed are You.

Septena to Sai Sushuri Grace:

O, Most Holy Sushuri Grace, Whose blessing hands shower us with healing waters and  Whose Crystal Chalice spills silvery graces, be with us. May Your face shine upon us with gentleness. May Your luminous eyes gaze upon us with tenderness. And may Your heart beat as one with ours as we lay our cares before You.

O, Sai Sushuri Grace, Ruler of the Supernal Waters, (state request) and may (she/he) be immersed in the Shimmering Streams of Compassion, Love and Mercy.  Blessed are You. 

ArchMadria Pamela Lanides

 

Septena/Priestess of Holy Wisdom

2 Maia/April 19

Pomedi/Thurs

O, Madria Thema, Jana of Justice, Order and Harmony, be with us.

Dear Devotees,

Throughout this beautiful month of Maia …..(although here in Northern Massachusetts, we are still waiting for Spring. Snowing, yet, again)…….we will be posting various devotions, inspirational readings and crafts.

First, Madria Sophia had an excellent suggestion. In yesterday’s post, I mentioned the time honoured tradition of praying novenas….where certain prayers are said for nine days in a row for an express purpose such as for healing or employment.  Novenas may also be prayed for the purpose of praise, thanksgiving and devotion without a specific request.

Madria Sophia has suggested that a septena or a seven day novena might be more appropriate for Janites and, of course, this is a perfect idea.

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Like novenas, septenas may be prayed in any time of need. Madria Sophia has done a lovely job of taking our Litany of the Celestial Mother https://deanic.com/holy-feminine-trinity/litany-of-the-celestial-mother/ and divided it up for a seven day novena or septena.

We might start a tradition whereby we begin the septena on 1 Maia or the first Sunnadi in Maia, but it may also be prayed at any time throughout the year.

It may be found, below.

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I would also like to point out that Sorella Roselyn, on her blog has written an informative post for 1 Maia, followed by an hauntingly beautiful and inspirational writing about the Holy Daughter that is reminiscent of Thunder, Perfect Mind. See: https://priestessofholywisdom.wordpress.com/2018/04/18/marimaia/
and https://priestessofholywisdom.wordpress.com/2018/04/19/eve-norea-magdalena/

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One popular craft in Maia is the May basket. There are many examples and ‘how tos’ to be found online including instructions for children’s May Basket. Here are some great ideas : https://www.skiptomylou.org/10-simple-may-day-baskets-to-celebrate-may-day/

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The Litany of the Celestial Mother Septena

Day 1
 
Hail, Dea Madria; Our Divine Mother God,
Hail, Guardian of the Supernal Realm,
Hail, Most Transcendent,
We Glorify You, we worship You and we adore You. Blessed are You.
 
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Day 2
Hail, Dea Madria; Our Divine Mother God,
Hail, Pure Essence,
Hail, Holy Spirit,
We Glorify You, we worship You and we adore You. Blessed are You.
 
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Day 3
Hail, Dea Madria; Our Divine Mother God,
Hail, Regina Caeli; the High Queen of Heaven,
Hail, Fount of Grace,
Hail, Assumption of Souls,
We Glorify You, we worship You and we adore You. Blessed are You.
 
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Day 4
Hail, Dea Madria; Our Divine Mother God,
Hail, Genetrix of the Cosmos,
Hail, Ray of Precious Jewels,
Hail, Music of the Spheres,
We Glorify You, we worship You and we adore You. Blessed are You.
 
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Day 5
 
Hail, Dea Madria; Our Divine Mother God,
Hail, Supernal Sun,
Hail, Pure Light,
Hail, O, Mid-day Light of Noon-tide,
We Glorify You, we worship You and we adore You. Blessed are You.
 
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Day 6
 
Hail, Dea Madria; Our Divine Mother God,
Hail, Fiery Rose of Heaven,
Hail, Fiery Rose Heart,
Hail, Rose of Joy,
Hail, Apple Flower of Wisdom,
We Glorify You, we worship You and we adore You. Blessed are You.
 
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Day 7
Hail, Dea Madria; Our Divine Mother God,
Hail, Shining Star of the Shimmering Waters,
Hail, Light of the Nocturnal Heavens,
We Glorify You, we worship You and we adore You. Blessed are You.
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With thanks to both Madria Sophia and Sorella Roselyn.
May Our Lady bless you,
Blessed is She.
A. M. Pamela Lanides

Living Daily – Sacred Day of Sunnadi or Sun Day

20 Moura/March 11
Sunnadi/Sunday

Dear Devotees,

Recently, we spoke about Seasonal Living. Within Janite culture, there is also the practice of Daily Living.

Daily Living in Janite culture begins with a focus on the meaning of the Sacred Symbol and the ruling Jana of the day along with Her Stream of Virtues.

The Symbol of the Sun represents Dea Madria, Our Celestial Mother, She Who is the Supernal Sun. She Who is Light. She Who is Brightness. The ruling Jana of the day, Sai Raya Theia, is the Jana or Gateway of the Illumination which flows from this Brightness. She is a Living Stream of the outpouring of the Celestial Mother, shining and glowing in Her orange robes, bringing us Joy and teaching us Benevolence.

On Sunnadi, we may recite the mantra rosary of Sai Raya Theia. Janati rosary

O, Sai Raya Theia, Lamp of Illumination, Generosity, and Benevolence, be with us.

We may also simply think about the Jana of the day and certainly pray to Her in our own words and ask Her to be with us and to guide us throughout the day.

We can also think about which of Her three virtues we wish to express in our lives that day and ask Her help in that endeavor. Illuminating in being informed relevant to our Soul Path and a joyous light filled presence on earth; Generosity in thought, word and action and Benevolence which is willing to do good for and to others.

And we may always express our gratitude to the ruling Jana during our Evensong prayers.

We might choose to light a candle or incense for Her and wear just a little something of Her color to remind us of Her throughout the day. For Sai Raya Theia, this could be an orange colored gemstone pendant or other piece of jewelry, a hair ornament, a piece of clothing, a pen, badge, scarf, hat or whatever you may have.

There are many different ways to honor the Jana of the Day.  The key point to Daily Living, specially during this time of Moura, is the furthering and flowering of the 21 Virtues in our lives both for the benefit of others and for the growth and maturity of our own souls. And in this, the Janati will assist us.

Let us Bless The Holy One,
Blessed is She.

Let us thank the Seven Janae of Power.
Thanks be to the Seven Janae.

ArchMadria Pamela Lanides.

Living Seasonally – Sacred Season of Moura

5 Moura/Feb 24
Foradi/Sat

Oh, Sai Rhea, Shield of Steadfastness, Temperance and Self Restraint, be with us.

Dear Devotees,

As Janites, we are very focused on both the Trinity and the sacredness of the Seasons of the Déanic Wheel of the Year. And so we have been discussing ways to implement living this focus more fully. As such, we have devised what we call Seasonal Living.

This is now Moura , which is not only the Season and the Month whereby we are mindful of the Descent of Holy Daughter, but it is also the Time and the Season of the Great Mother and the Janati of the Threefold Heaven, i. e., Sai Raya Theia, who represents the Celestial Mother, Sai Candre’, who represents the Holy Daughter, and Sai Rhea, who represents the Great Mother. We celebrate Their feast day on Med-Moura, 14 Moura/March 4.

There are many ways we can spiritually live and observe the Seasons. And since this is Moura, we will start with this Season.

Wear The Fora

The Fora [1] is the Sacred Symbol for the Season of Moura. It is also the Symbol of the Great Mother, Whom we call the Veiled Fora of Faith. For this reason, I wear the Fora during Moura. Unfortunately, certain white supremacist groups have adopted versions of the Fora as a symbol of their hate. Due to this, the Celtic knot cross or Witches cross may be used as a Fora.

Madrina (deaconess) Sophia’s silver coloured metal Fora
Celtic Knot Loop Necklace
Celtic Trinity Knot Cross Pendant

Altar Picture/Icon of the Great Mother

I also place a picture/icon of the Great Mother on my altar. I use Nicholas Roerich’s veiled Mother of the World. There are many other suitable images for the Great Mother, Who is Dea Matrona.

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Mother Of The World by Nicholas Roerich 1924

Our Great Mother loves us unconditionally. She Who is Ancient Wisdom.

When we speak of the Darkness associated with the Great Mother, it merely signifies Mystery and That which is Hidden. Shimmering, Velvet Darkness, Mystery, That Which is Hidden. Hence the Great Mother is veiled.

We use the preface of the Great Mother for the Rite of Veneration and for the Liturgy which is, O Dea Matrona, Dark Moon of Origin, shelter us beneath Your Veil of Mystery. RoV

There are no flowers on the altar during Moura with the exception of the Feast of the Janati of the Three-Fold Heaven on Med-Moura.

Prayer/Chants/ Hymn

During prayer, we concentrate on the psalms, litanies and prayers to the Great Mother. And there will be more of those to come during this holy month. We can also pray to Her in our own words and spend time in contemplation of Her and communion with Her.

The Great Mother, Dea Matrona. We call Her Mysteria because She is Mystery and has no Name on Earth. She is the Source of Spirit, the Origin of Spirit, the One Spirit. From Her, all things come.

Dea Matrona, Great Mother God, the Veiled Fora of Faith.
Great Mother Mysteria: Empress of Heaven.
Eternal is the Life of the Great Mother.
Eternal is the Life of the Empress, the Fountainhead of the All.
Hail, Deantha Vespera: Divine Flower of the Evening, Life & Source of All, be with us.
Ave, Mysteria, Deantha Cosma, Gloria Plena/Hail, Mysteria, Deantha of the Cosmos, Full of Glory

Litany of the Great Mother: Litany

Hail, Mysteria: Hail, Mysteria, Fountainhead of Grace, Glory be to Thee. Blessed art Thou, O, Divine Empress of Heaven and Blessed art Thou, O, Fora of Faith. 

O, Dea, Fora of Faith,
we thank You, we bless You and we adore You.
For through Your everlasting life, we are infused with Your luminous Graces
and are protected by the Veiled Stillness at the Centre of All. O, Great Mother,
You are the steadfast Fora of our return to Spirit.
O, Dea, Fora of Faith, be with us.

Seasonal Rosary

For the Five Mystery Rosary, the Hail, Dea prayer for each of the beads of the Five Septads is:

Hail, Sophia, (Kore or Kore Sophia), Fountain of Grace, Glory be to Thee. Blessed art Thou, O, Divine Queen of Heaven and Blessed art Thou, O, Gentle Dove of Peace. This is the Janite Mantra to the Holy Daughter during the Sacred Season of Spring.

Seasonal Scriptures

The Scriptures upon which we focus during Moura are: The Secret of the World; The Three Loves; The Teachings of the Daughter / Thoughts of The Mind; The Veil of Matter; The Way of Simplicity; The Temple of the Heart and The Heart of Water with the exception of verses 32- 39, which are not relevant for Janites.

Seasonal Virtues

During Moura, we especially concentrate on the virtues of Sai Rhea. These virtues, Steadfastness, Temperance and Self-Restraint, are especially appropriate for the somber, reflective, and spiritually contemplative Season of Moura.

We do not believe in harsh aesthetic practices, strict fasting or severe methods of self-denial during Moura. For Janites, it is a time of self-reflection and a time of deep spiritual practices. In our opinion, these have nothing to do with a Goddess religion. The idea of a sacrificial Lent stems from Babylonia and from my own research, it originated as a time of 40 days of weeping for Tamuz in honor of his death and before his resurrection. Later, Christianity would adopt the idea from the time of Jesus fasting in the desert.

May Our Lady bless you,
Blessed is She.

ArchMadria Pamela Lanides.

 

A comment from a sister in the Faith

Re: Simple Methods to Pray the Rosary:

ArchMadria Pamela, this is such a comfort to me. I thought that I was not praying this correctly, just concentrating and saying the words.

Dear Ruth, thank you so much for your kind words. I’m grateful that this issue has been raised. It has helped me to realize that I must modify the directions on praying the rosary.

Honestly, it was not until I was a young adult that I learned that we were supposed to meditate on the Mysteries when praying the rosary and I was a life-long Traditional Catholic! The chanting of the Hail, Mary was supposed to be conducive to a meditative state.

But, I feel that while meditating on the Mysteries is important, this is something that can be done at other times, when not praying the rosary. It can also be done through studying the scriptures, for example or simply during times of quiet contemplation. My favorite way to pray the rosary is to simply to chant the prayers while concentrating on the Presence of Our Lady or while gazing at an image of her.

Thank you, Ruth.

Simple Methods to Pray the Rosary

19 Abalon/Sept. 23

Columbadi/Friday.

Today is named after the Dove (Columba means dove), one of our Seven Sacred Symbols which represents the Holy Daughter as Our Lady, Dove of Peace. Madria Grace rules this day. She is the Guardian of East and Water and the Jana (Divine Gate) of Compassion, Love and Mercy. She is also the Matron Jana of healing.

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Daughter Dea

O, Madria Grace, Jana of Compassion, Love and Mercy, be with us. May the Pure Stream of your Virtues flow within me, in this world and in all the worlds to come.

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Please note: you may right click on any image in this article and then click on search google for image to locate its origin.

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Recently, the author of Under the Violet Moon,

https://underthevioletmoon.wordpress.com/,

wrote an important article on the challenges that are often faced by those who are new to praying the rosary. For those coming from Protestant backgrounds along with devotees who were raised in the Novus Ordo (post Vatican II) Catholic Church, the rosary may seem foreign and overwhelming. At the end of this article, I offer several ways to pray the rosary in a simpler manner.

One reason why most Catholics, (until the post-Vat. II generation), prayed the rosary every day with such great devotion was due to the appearances of the Blessed Virgin Mary. In a majority of these apparitions, she always requested the daily rosary. It was considered to be the most powerful form of prayer short of the Catholic mass and many miracles and heavenly promises have been attached to it. It is traditionally understood to be a garden of roses which we offer to Our Lady.

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The contemplation of the Virgin Mary, her privileges, and the favors she bestows on her children was considered a joy exceeding all other joys. It was this joyful piety of the “Hail, Our Lady” that gave the name of the Rosary. In the Middle Ages, the symbol of joy was the rose. To crown one’s head with a garland of roses (a chaplet) was a sign of joy. The Virgin Mary was even called “a garden of roses.” In medieval Latin, a garden of roses is rosarium. 1

In so many images and statues of the Blessed Virgin Mary, we see her offering the rosary to us.

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While I no longer accept the veracity of every apparition, or, at the very least, I think the Church misrepresented them, I still believe in the rosary as a very powerful form of prayer. I’ve had way too many miracles happen in my life as a result of praying the rosary to ever doubt its efficacy. It is a direct line to Our Lady.

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In previous generations, entire families would gather to pray the rosary, together. I remember when visiting my relatives, all of my aunts, my mother and my grandmother would get down on their knees and pray ‘the beads’.

When I was young, around six or seven, I had rosary beads that ‘glowed in the dark’. It was comforting to lie beneath my blankets and pray my gently illuminated rosary in the night. I would sense/feel the presence of Our Lady, almost as if she was hovering over me while I prayed myself to sleep. Through the wearing of the Miraculous Medal (2) and praying the daily rosary, Our Lady was with me every day and always.

There is a funny story my mother always told me. When she was five years old, at a time when she was bilingual, her family would always pray the rosary in French. One day, my grandmother stopped praying in order to listen more closely to my mother’s recitation of the Hail, Mary. My mother related that she had no idea what she was saying wrong, but they never said the rosary in French, again. 🙂

So great was Catholic devotion to Our Lady and her rosary before the devastating aftermath of Vatican II, that most parishes had a weekly rosary night and some had a public rosary after mass on Sundays. We prayed the rosary during Marian processions and in church on her feast days. I used to conduct a neighborhood rosary, once a week. Those devoted to Our Lady of Fatima would hold a public rosary in their homes. We made rosaries for the missions and provided The Secret of the Rosary to whomever was interested.

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It was a very stirring experience to pray a public rosary. One side of the church would chant the first half of the Hail, Mary, while the other side would respond by chanting the latter half. It was a powerful time which bound us together as children of Our Blessed Mother, Our Lady.

It is important to understand that one is not obligated to pray the rosary if they are a Deanic devotee. In fact, the rosary is not even mandated for Catholics. As with all of our prayers, they are simply offerings of choice.

There are those who prefer to always pray in their own words; there are those who prefer to pray more formal prayers and there are those, like me, who pray both ways. Each devotee must pray in the manner that best suits their individual Soul Path and their personal inclinations.

For those who desire to pray the rosary and yet find it daunting, here are a few quick tidbits:

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(1) When you are new to praying the rosary, don’t worry about concentrating on the Mysteries. Don’t even try to meditate on them until you’ve been praying the rosary for such a long time that the words are second nature to you. It’s fine to simply concentrate on the words themselves, or to put yourself in Our Lady’s Presence by gazing at a statue, icon or even a candle flame while praying. Sometimes, I simply gaze at the sunlight glinting off the lake. In doing so, you will find that certain thoughts or inspirations might enter your mind. Don’t try to brush them aside, that is Our Lady communicating with you.

Once the prayers come second nature to you, even then it is still fine to       concentrate on the words or to quietly place yourself in the Presence of       Our Lady.

Oftentimes, I will think of a single aspect of the Mystery. For example, the first Mystery is Our Lady, Apple of Wisdom; She Who is the Ground of all Being. I might simply think about apple seeds or something else relevant from the appropriate scripture verses. Sometimes, I think about what Ground of All Being really means. I contemplate the spiritual meaning of Twilight or any of the aspects of this Mystery. Sometimes, I just think about Our Lady, Herself. There is no set way to meditate on the Mysteries. (Scripture verses will be added to our rosary page.)

(2) It is fine to pray just one or two septads a day. I recommend this for the Janati rosary. For example: On Sunnadi/Sunday, the septad in honor of Madria Theia may be prayed. On Lunadi/Monday, the septad in honor of Madria Candra. On Rosadi/Tues., the septad in honor of Madria Vicka, etc. The same can be done with the Janite Deanic rosary.

(3) The first part of the Hail, Mary comes directly from the New Testament and that was how the rosary was prayed for centuries. It wasn’t until the 16th century that the latter half of the rosary was added. And so, it is perfectly fine to simply pray the first half of the Hail, Mari which would be: Hail, Mari, Fount of Grace, glory be to Thee. Blessed art Thou, O, High Queen of Heaven and blessed is Thy beloved Daughter.

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I hope this has been helpful. If anyone has questions about praying the rosary, please contact us at Deanicfaith at gmail.com.

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Hail, Mari, Fount of Grace, glory be to Thee. Blessed art Thou, O, High Queen of Heaven and blessed is Thy beloved Daughter. Holy Dea, Mother God, bless us, Thy children, now and unto the ages of ages. Amen.

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ArchMadria Pamela Lanides

(1) https://olrl.org/sacramental/rosary.shtml

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http://www.amm.org/aboutamm/miraculous%20medal%20story.aspx