Sunday, October 06, 2019
MONDAY, 27TH Week in Ordinary Time
Our Lady of the Rosary
Acts 1: 12 – 14 / Lk 1: 26 – 38
This celebration derives from the feast of St. Mary of Victory, instituted by Dominican Pope Pius V after the defeat of the Turkish fleet at Lepanto on 7 October 1571. In 1716 Pope Clement XI placed this feast in the Roman Calendar on the first Sunday of October: the Dominicans celebrate this feast on the first Sunday of October.
1ST READING: Acts 1: 12 – 14
Then they returned to Jerusalem from the Mount called Olives, which is a fifteen-minute walk away. On entering the city they went to the room upstairs where they were staying. Present there were Peter, John, James and Andrew, Philip and Thomas, Bartholomew and Matthew, James, son of Alpheus; Simon the Zealot and Judas son of James. All of these together gave themselves to constant prayer. With them were some women and also Mary, the mother of Jesus, and his brothers.
FROM THE GOSPEL READING: Lk 1: 26 – 27, 30 – 31, 38a
In the sixth month, the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a town of Galilee called Nazareth. He was sent to a young virgin who was betrothed to a man named Joseph, of the family of David; and the virgin's name was Mary. . .
But the angel said, "You shall conceive and bear a son and you shall call him Jesus. He will be great and shall righty be called Son of the Most High."
Then Mary said, "I am the handmaid of the Lord, let it be done to me as you have said."
Today's memorial of Our Lady of the Rosary derives from victory of Christian forces against the Turkish fleet in Lepanto in 1571: the victory was attributed to the intercession of Our Lady of the Rosary.
In the first reading we hear about the apostles and their associates in prayer after the Lord's ascension to heaven and before the descent of the Holy Spirit. The Rosary is one of the most common prayers in honor of Our Lady, celebrating the key mysteries of the coming of God as Man. Victory at Lepanto against the Turkish fleet was attributed to Mary's special intercession and the praying of the Rosary.
The Gospel reading is the account of the Annunciation, that the Son of God would become a man by the power of the Holy Spirit, with Mary as his mother. The Incarnation is the definitive coming of God to save man.
May the celebration of Our Lady of the Rosary remind us of God's saving work for man and of the power of prayer and of Mary's powerful intercession for us before God.
FINALLY, we pray for one another, for those who have asked our prayers and for those who need our prayers the most.
Have a good day!
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