Our Lady of the Rosary and Mission Rosary. Family Mission Thought 7 October

The Mission Rosary.   During the Extraordinary Month of Mission it is recommended to pray using the World Mission Rosary inaugurated in 1951 to recognise the need to pray not just for ourselves, but for the whole world, and especially for those who are poor and vulnerable  Each decade has beads of a different colour for the different continents of the world:  green for the forests and grasslands of Africa; blue for the ocean surrounding the islands of the Pacific; white symbolizing Europe, the seat of the Holy Father, shepherd of the world; red calling to mind the fire of faith that brought missionaries to the Americas and yellow, the morning light of the East, for Asia.  This Rosary is linked to the missionary work of the Church and of the Holy Father. It adds a different missionary perspective to the meditations on the 4 sets of the Mysteries of the Rosary and the lives of Jesus and Mary.  Taking a tour of the whole world or even visiting one continent at a time can make this special prayer more interesting too as families adapt how to pray in their own situation.

Do not be afraid Mary for you have found favour with God. Behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a Son who will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. Luke 1:26-38.

Pope Francis: Genuine forms of religiosity are born of the incarnation of Christian faith in popular culture.  They entail a personal relationship not with vague spiritual energies or powers but with God, with Christ, with Mary and the saints. EG 90

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