The Rosary>

A small number of the congregation from S. Silas have formed a group which meet in each other's homes on the first Wednesday of each month. They meditate on the Mysteries of the Rosary and offer prayers for any in need.

There is a box in the church where private intentions and requests for prayer can be placed.

A Decade of the Rosary is said after weekday Masses during October.

Legend links the origin of the Rosary with S. Dominic. The Dominicans certainly encouraged its use. Historically, its use grew with the desire of the laity to have 150 prayers to link them with the 150 Psalms used in monastic prayer. There was a long and intricate evolution which ended in the sixteenth century with Rosary as we know it now.

The sequence of prayers using the Rosary is as follows

+In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit

On the Crucifix - 'The Apostles' Creed

On the first bead - 'The Our Father'

The each of the next three beads - 'Hail Mary'

On the chain - 'Glory be to the Father'

Then for each of the Five Mysteries
Single bead - 'The Our Father'
Next 10 beads - 'Hail Mary'
On the chain - 'Glory be'

At the conclusion of the Mysteries the Salve Regina is said on the medal.

The Five Joyful Mysteries
Annunciation S. Luke ch1 vv26-38
Visitation S. Luke ch1 vv39-56
Nativity S. Luke ch2 vv1-9
Presentation S. Luke ch2 vv22-39
Finding in the Temple S. Luke ch2 vv41-51
The Five Sorrowful Mysteries
Agony in the Garden S. Luke ch22 vv39-46
Scourging at the Pillar S. Matthew ch27 v26
Crowning with Thorns S. Matthew ch27 v29
Carrying the Cross S. Luke ch23 vv26-32
Crucifixion S. Luke ch23 vv33-46
The Five Glorious Mysteries
Resurrection S. Luke ch24 vv1-8
Ascension S. Luke ch24 vv50-53
Descent of the Holy Spirit Act ch2 vv1-4
Assumption of the BVM Revelations ch3 v21
Crowning of the BVM Revelations ch12 v1
A Year of the Rosary has been proclaimed by the Holy Father, beginning in October 2002 and ending in October 2003 to encourage all Christians 'to contemplate with Mary the face of Christ'. He hopes in particular that we shall use this as a means of praying for the gift of peace, now so desperately needed in our society, and to encourage this revival has defined five new mysteries to cover the period of Our Lord's ministry. These are 'The Mysteries of Light'.
The Mysteries of Light
The Baptism in the Jordan
The Wedding at Cana
The Preaching of the Kingdom of God
The Transfiguration
The Institution of the Eucharist
HAIL, HOLY QUEEN, mother of mercy; hail, our life, our sweetness, and our hope! To thee do we cry, poor banished children of Eve; to thee do we send up our sighs mourning and weeping in this vale of tears. Turn then, most gracious advocate, thine eyes of mercy towards us; and after this our exile, show unto us the blessed fruit of thy womb, Jesus.
O clement, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary.
SALVE, REGINA, mater misericordiae; vita, dulcedo et spes nostra, salve. Ad te clamamus exsules filii Hevae. Ad te suspiramus gementes et flentes in hac lacrimarum valle. Eia ergo, advocata nostra, illos tuos misericordes oculos ad nos converte. Et Jesum, benedictum fructum ventris tui, nobis post hoc exsillium ostende.
O clemens, O pia, O dulcis Virgo Maria.
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