Saturday, July 1, 2017

The Rosary

July 01, 2017 - "The Rosary"

Fourth Degree members of the Knights of Columbus who choose to become part of the Color Corps are permitted to carry the Fourth Degree Ceremonial Sword as part of their 'regalia'. It's an honor and a privilege to be able to carry the sword, and to be a member of the most visible and recognizable part of The Order.

The truth, however, is that all Knights, regardless of their Degree, are asked to carry a far more important and powerful "weapon" than a steel blade: the Rosary.

Of course, you do not have to be a member of the Knights of Columbus to carry and embrace the Rosary. All Catholic men and women should own a Rosary... and turn to it frequently. That being said, for Knights, the Rosary should take an even deeper role in their faith. A member of the Knights of Columbus should have his Rosary on him whenever he leaves his home. I've even heard of councils who do a "Random Rosary Roll-Call" at meetings - charging a penalty of sorts to any member who does have his Rosary on him. Such a Knight might find himself being responsible for supplying coffee and donuts for the next meeting... or have the nasty job of stuffing and licking envelopes when it's time to send out Membership Dues notices to 140 Brother Knights.

The Rosary is, perhaps, the most powerful prayer there is. It literally is the "Mother Prayer" of all Catholic prayers... and since we Catholics have thousands-upon-thousands of prayers to choose from, well... that shows just how incredibly powerful of a prayer the Rosary truly is.

For me personally, the Rosary has become part of my daily life. Every single day I pray it at least once. Sometimes I pray it in English... sometimes in Latin. Sometimes I pray it out loud... sometimes in complete silence. Sometimes I pray it while kneeling in my parish's Perpetual Adoration Chapel... sometimes I'm praying it while sitting as a passenger in a car traveling on the highway at high speeds. Regardless of the "where", "when" or "how" - I pray the Rosary each and every day.

Several months ago the Knights of Columbus Council of which I am a member began offering a monthly Rosary for all parishioners and anyone else who is interested in coming. It is held on the first Saturday of each month, as part of the "First Saturdays Devotion" to Our Lady of Fatima and the Immaculate Heart of the Blessed Virgin Mary. I've been honored with being able to lead the Rosaries we've held thus far - including the one we held this afternoon. On average we have approximately 50 to 60 people attending... sometimes more.

It is a beautiful experience, looking out and seeing so many people coming together in prayer... knowing that each and every person has a prayer intention they're holding close to their heart as they pray. We all come together and, gathering our prayers into one, offer them with faith and with love.

It truly is a beautiful experience and, in my experience, it truly is the most powerful 'weapon' there is.

"Oremus: Deus, cuius Unigenitus per vitam, mortem et resurrectionem suam nobis salutis aeternae praemia comparavit: concede, quaesumus; ut haec mysteria sacratissimo beatae Mariae Virginis Rosario recolentes, et imitemur quod continent, et quod promittunt, assequamur. Per eundem Christum Dominum nostrum. Amen."

"Let us pray: O God, whose Only Begotten Son, by his life, death, and resurrection has purchased for us the rewards of eternal life; grant, we beseech thee, that meditating on these mysteries of the most holy Rosary of the Blessed Virgin Mary, we may imitate what they contain, and obtain what they promise, through the same Christ our Lord. Amen."

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