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"The family that prays together stays together." - Venerable Patrick Peyton
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First, Why Family Prayer? Vatican II recognized the family as the fundamental and essential building block of society and the Church. It taught that the family is a true, small, “domestic church.” The family home is the privileged place in which to come to know and love God and the saints. The Rosary offers families a simple framework to enter into prayer—together.
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The Rosary is a rich, centuries-old prayer tradition that involves our entire beings: With our hands, we make the Sign the Cross and finger the beads. With our minds, we meditate on the mysteries. With our hearts, we contemplate how we will follow the model of Christ and His mother, Mary. With our voices, we say the prayers.
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Finding of the Child Jesus in the Temple | Joyful Mysteries of the Rosary | how to pray the rosary
A child raised in the time of Christ was considered an adult at the age of 12. That meant that a boy, now a young man had completed his initial education and was ready to accept responsibility for his faith. His parents and family nurtured this faith in their ordinary family life in their home.
Joyful Mysteries of the Rosary | To Jesus Through Mary | how to pray the rosary
Forty days after His miraculous birth, Jesus was brought to the Temple by Mary and Joseph to be formally consecrated to the Lord. As I think about this event in the life of Christ, my heart and mind are drawn to Mary. What was she thinking and feeling when she walked into the Temple—a mere forty days postpartum? Was she exhausted? In pain, her body still healing from giving birth?
Joyful Mysteries of the Rosary | Nativity | how to pray the rosary
In the Third Joyful Mystery, we contemplate through the heart of Mary the Mystery of our Lord’s Nativity when God visited His people. In this Mystery, we can contemplate the birth of Jesus through the hearts of Mary and Joseph, through the eyes of the shepherds, and the minds of the Magi. It is a beautiful Mystery that brought the young and the old, the rich and the poor, the wise and the simple all together.
Joyful Mysteries of the Rosary | The Visitation | how to pray the rosary
You know the story. After the angel Gabriel delivers God's almighty message and request to the handmaiden, he also informs her that her cousin Elizabeth, who is "getting on" in years as we would say, is also "with child" even unto her barren time.