Relections on the Power of the Rosary

October 6, 2017

Victories of the Rosary
victories“All we can do now, is pray!” When all else fails, when
there is nothing left to do, we pray. A last ditch effort; we’ve tried everything else; it’s out of our control; now all that is left is to pray.

Instead, we should begin by praying, recognizing that the  most powerful tool we have is Prayer.
Saint Paul said: “Put on the armor of God, that you may be
able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For our wrestling is
not against flesh and blood, but against the Principalities and the
Powers, against the world rulers of the present darkness, against the
spiritual forces of wickedness on high.”
Now, we are in the best of times; we are in the worst of times.
Our battle is not with humans, as St. Paul tells us. It is truly a battle,
possibly the final battle for our souls and those precious souls of our
families. What is the armor of God? What better armor can you
wear than that of the Virgin Mary? Who did you run to when you
were a child? Wasn’t it to Mama? We need our Mama. I remember
when I was a child, and I would have a nightmare. Who did I run to?

My mother! And what did she say? “Did you pray before you fell
asleep?” Each time, I had forgotten to pray. Then, when she sent
me back to my bed with, “Now say your prayers and you won’t have
any more bad dreams.” I really didn’t have too much confidence
that it would work. Although her reassuring words turned out to be
prophecy, I never believed. But, it always worked!

The Philippines – 1980’s

The citizens of the Philippines had suffered at the hands
of President Marcos and his wife Imelda, who made a sport out of
selfish, excessive spending while their people starved. How the
people had loved President Marcos! How they had embraced him
and his bride. How they in turn had betrayed them. It seemed as if
there was no hope for the people. When someone attempted to better
conditions and try by election to bring about reform, he was killed.
Cory Aquino’s husband was such a man. He was returning to Manila
to run for office against President Marcos. He was assassinated as
he deplaned the aircraft, in front of his wife and family.
Cory Aquino fearlessly rose up to continue her husband’s
mission. And, the people responded. They went out into the streets
and processed, walls of humanity marching forward, flowers in one
hand and rosaries in the other, fingering the beads of their rosaries
as tanks with their young men came toward them. When it seemed
as if neither side would give in, suddenly the soldiers climbed down
from their tanks and joined the faithful, taking beads into their hand,
their guns replaced by the armor of God, the Rosary.
There are those who say, Our Lady appeared in the sky, to
the soldiers in Marcos’ army, and pleaded with them not to hurt her
children. There is a statue there in the square, to commemorate
this time when despair disappeared and hope appeared, when for a
moment the world could see the day when the “lion would lay down
with the lamb”!
Is there power in the Rosary? The Rosary has lived on, in
the hands of the faithful, in freedom and in captivity. But in a few
years, a man and a woman, who had the power to do good but chose
evil, will be forgotten.
As we have been writing about the Victories of the Rosary,
we started to understand what we believe the Lord is saying through
this book: There is hope! Be not afraid! See how I have responded
when you have turned to My Mother through the Rosary. I have
given you a means, a gift. All you have to do is reach out and pray.
I am listening!

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Victories of the Rosary – We must all PRAY THE ROSARY NOW!!!

May 10, 2016

The Battle of Lepanto

 October 7, 1571

“Those that ignore history are doomed to repeat it.” Bob and Penny Lord many times repeated this quote And furthermore, they interjected many many times those events in our common history that they wanted us to think about and learn from. Events like the Battle of Vienna and the Battle of Lepanto and they talked about them on many occasions.

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It was the sixteenth century, and the Body of Christ was being attacked from all sides.  On one side, poor innocent believers were falling to an enemy from within the Church.  The Church in Europe would lose 6,000,000 of her most precious, faithful children to heresy.  As they did not know what was happening, they did not fight.  They did not pray for our Mother Mary’s intervention.  And so, they were lost to us.  Praise God, they are now coming back home to their Church, and they are so very beautiful.  Could it be the many rosaries said by their families and friends?

As this sneak attack was going on, other enemies of the Church were attacking.  Turkish forces were overtaking much of Christian Europe.  As this wave of followers of Mohammed invaded a country, they not only took lives, they took souls.  The name of Christ was not heard in these lands for up to 700 years.  They knew that they would never be able to subjugate their conquests unless they could take away all hope.  Had Satan told them of his motto over the gates of hell, “All you who enter here, abandon all hope.”

But they were not victorious where people prayed!  The Turkish fleet was attacking Austria.  The Austrian fleet under Don Juan was no match against the superior Turkish fleet.  It looked as if another country would be lost to Islam.  Her family is in danger?  They need her?  Mary to the rescue!  Pope Pius V sent out word to the forces of Christ, to pray the Rosary.  A Rosary Crusade was waged on the knees of the faithful, and the battle was won.

To the eyes of the world, the Austrian fleet was outnumbered.  But there was a powerful general that could not be seen by human eyes.  It was Mary and her Heavenly Army of Angels!  Although the Austrian fleet appeared finished, they were not.  They were joined by the Angels, with Michael the Archangel in front.  Swords of faith drawn, they were poised, just waiting for their Queen’s command.  The Image of Our Lady of Guadalupe was placed at the helm of the ship leading the Austrian fleet into battle, to victory.

(In memory of this great victory, the Pope instituted the Feast of the Holy Rosary which we celebrate to this day each October 7.)

Man’s weapons could not defend their land, but roses in the form of rosary beads moved Jesus’ Heart and through His Mother Mary, He did the rest.  Jesus, I trust in You!

Battle of Vienna

September 11, 1683

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We’re in the seventeenth century and the Turkish forces are still forging ahead, hell-bent on conquering and subjugating all of Christian Europe.  We find ourselves in Vienna, in 1683.  The Emperor of Austria’s forces are exhausted and discouraged.  They are badly outnumbered and weary from battle.  The Emperor in a last ditch effort, sends word to King John Sobieski, Sovereign of Poland, imploring his help.

(Watch the video abut the Battle of Vienna by Bob and Penny Lord

Now, this was not the first time that King Sobieski faced overwhelming odds in battle.  But the pendulum swung so overpoweringly in the enemy’s favor, he did not know if this was to be his death rather than his victory.  As the Turkish invaders were converging on Vienna, King John Sobieski turned to Our Lady of Czestochowa: “Give us victory, My Lady, grant us your help and salvation.  As for me, do whatever you choose.  I’ll accept your will, whether it’s life or death.”

Suddenly a thought came to him: “Instead of honoring her (Mother Mary), we have passed a lot of responsibility on to her.  Seeking honor and glory for ourselves, we’ve left the toil to her.  But she has accepted it.  I don’t know why she loves us, yet she does love us, even if we repay her with ingratitude and disloyalty.”

“Give us victory,” he prayed, “and let it be your victory alone.”  He came before the people and asked them to join him in publicly placing all their trust in Our Lady.  He knelt humbly before his Queen, Mary most holy and one by one all the people knelt with him.  He began the Apostles Creed, reminding them what they believed, and what so many before them had died for.  All the faithful prayed, only now, the prayers took on different meaning.  They were no longer just words; they were a battle hymn: This is what we believe; and for this we die, rather than deny our Lord. 

As they continued the Rosary, now reciting the Lord’s prayer, the words “thy Will be done” took on new meaning.  They were truly commending their lives to the Father, self-abandonment, the trust of children, of whom Jesus said: “The Kingdom of Heaven is theirs”.  The King placed his troops and all of Vienna under the protection of Our Blessed Mother.  Man, woman and child, peasant and noble, King and soldier all intoned, with one voice and one hope, the supplication, “Mary help us”.  And help them, she did.vienna1 

80,000 Christian troops, with King John Sobieski in front, defeated a fierce Turkish army consisting of 250,000 barbarians.

 

Now, the Turkish army was known for their inhumane treatment of soldiers and citizens.  The mere thought of them approaching a village would bring terror into the hearts of men as well as women.  What gave these people the courage to fight and win?  The Mother of God, “Mary, Help of all Christians”.

 

What gave them the power and the ammunition to use against the enemy?  The Rosary!

 

 

The text above is from Bob and Penny Lord’s book on The Rosary see info below

Note from Brother Joseph.  Bob and Penny Lord many times repeated this quote. “Those that ignore history are doomed to repeat it.” And furthermore, they interjected many many times those events in our common history that they wanted us to think about and learn from. Events like the Battle of Vienna and the Battle of Lepanto and they talked about them on many occasions.

I know they are shouting from Heaven for us to PRAY THE ROSARY AND PRAY IT NOW.

Brother Joseph Freyaldenhoven

 

The Rosary the Life of Jesus and Mary

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References:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Lepanto

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Vienna

Movie Battle of Vienna – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ChdGe2YxVmA


Pray the Rosary

May 2, 2008

Since May is the month of Mary and she has urged us to “Pray the Rosary.” We thought we would add an excerpt from our book, “The Rosary the Life of Jesus and Mary,” on how to pray the Rosary.
You may want to pass this on to your friends that do not know how to pray the Rosary.
On Monday and Saturday, pray the Joyful Mysteries; Tuesday and Friday, the Sorrowful;
Thurday the Luminous Mysteries
Wednesday and Sunday, the Glorious; or say all 20 decades each day.

1. Make the Sign of the Cross.
2. Recite the “Apostles Creed”. (holding the Crucifix)
3. Recite the “Our Father”. (Large Bead)
4. Recite 3 “Hail Marys”. (Small Beads)
5. Recite the “Glory Be to the Father”.
6. Say Fatima Prayer and Short Prayer to Mary (optional)
7. Announce the First Mystery of the Joyful Mysteries
8. Recite the “Our Father”. (Large Bead)
9. Say 10 “Hail Marys” (Small Beads)
10. Recite the “Glory Be to the Father”.
11. Then pray the Fatima Prayer (optional)
12. Then pray a Short Prayer to Mary (optional)
13. Announce the Second Mystery of The Joyful Mysteries
14. Repeat 7-8-9-10-11-12
15. Then repeat the same prayers as you meditate on all the Joyful, the Sorrowful, and the Glorious Mysteries.
16. After the five (or fifteen) decades are finished,
Pray the Hail Holy Queen
17. Pray the Memorare
18. V. Pray for us, O Holy Mother of God
R. That we maybe worthy of the promises of Christ.

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 upon these Mysteries of the Most Holy Rosary of the Virgin Mary, we may imitate what they contain and obtain what they promise, through the same Christ our Lord. Amen.

Prayers of the Holy Rosary

THE SIGN OF THE CROSS
“In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, Amen.”
THE APOSTLES’ CREED
“I believe in God the Father Almighty, Creator of Heaven and earth; and in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord; Who was conceived by the Holy Spirit; born of the Virgin Mary; suffered under Pontius Pilate; was crucified, died and was buried; He descended into hell; the third day He arose again from the dead; He ascended into Heaven; sitteth at the right hand of God the Father Almighty; from thence He shall come to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit; the Holy Catholic Church; the Communion of Saints; the forgiveness of sins; the Resurrection of the body; and life everlasting. Amen.”

THE OUR FATHER
“Our Father, Who art in Heaven; hallowed by Thy Name; Thy kingdom come; Thy will be done on earth as it is in Heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us, and lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from evil. Amen.”

THE HAIL MARY
“Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee; blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death. Amen.”

THE GLORY BE TO THE FATHER
“Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit. As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.”

THE FATIMA PRAYER
“Oh my Jesus, forgive us our sins; save us from the fires of hell. Lead all souls into Heaven, especially those in most need of Thy mercy.”

A SHORT PRAYER TO MARY
“Our Lady of Lourdes, pray for us, or Our Lady of Fatima, pray for us, or Our Lady of Guadalupe, pray for us, or
Our Lady of Czestochowa, pray for us, etc
any other title of Our Lady you would like to use”

THE HAIL HOLY QUEEN
“Hail, Holy Queen, Mother of Mercy, our life, our sweetness, and our hope. To thee 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.
Pray for us, O Holy Mother of God
That we may be worthy of the promises of Christ.”

THE MEMORARE
Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary
that never was it known that anyone who fled to thy protection, implored thy help, or sought thy intercession was left unaided.
Inspired by this confidence I fly unto thee O Virgin of Virgins, my Mother.
To thee, I come; before thee I stand, sinful and sorrowful.
O Mother of the Word Incarnate, despise not my petitions, but in thy mercy hear and answer me. AMEN

The Joyful Mysteries

First Joyful – The Annunciation
Second Joyful – The Visitation
Third Joyful – The Birth of Jesus
Fourth Joyful – The Presentation in the Temple
Fifth Joyful – The finding of Jesus in the Temple

The Luminous Mysteries

First Luminous – Baptism in the Jordan river
Second Luminous – Marriage Feast at Cana
Third Luminous – Proclaimation of the coming of the Kingdom of God
Fourth Luminous – Transfiguration
Fifth Luminous – Institution of the Holy Eucharist

The Sorrowful Mysteries

First Sorrowful – Agony in the Garden
Second Sorrowful – Scourging at the Pillar

Third Sorrowful – Crowning with thorns

Fourth Sorrowful – Jesus carries the Cross

Fifth Sorrowful – Jesus dies on the Cross

The Glorious Mysteries
First Glorious – The Resurrection of Jesus
Second Glorious – The Ascension
Third Glorious – Descent of the Holy Spirit upon the Apostles
Fourth Glorious – The Assumption
Fitth Glorious – The Coronation of Mary as Queen of Heaven and Earth

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