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Praying the Rosary
Mary kept all these things, pondering them in her heart. Luke 2:51
The Rosary is primarily a prayer of meditation. We reflect on important events in the life of Christ and we give God thanks for these events which bring us our salvation. As we reflect on these eternal truths and try to apply them to our daily lives, we recite prayers (Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be) which become like background music for our meditation. We ask Mary to unite her prayers to ours and to guide our efforts in following her Son's example.
Mary lived with her eyes fixed on Christ, treasuring his every word: "She kept all these things, pondering them in her heart." The memories of Jesus, impressed upon her heart, were always with her... In a way these memories were to be the "rosary" which she recited uninterruptedly throughout her earthly life.
-Pope John Paul II, Apostolic Letter on the Rosary of the Virgin Mary.
Behold Your Mother
Mary is the Mother of Christ and his Church; she is our Mother.
She leads us to the way, truth and life of her Son.
She shows us the way, beginning with her yes to God,
"I am the handmaid of the Lord;
let it be done to me according to your word."
And as mother, she journeys with us on our way,
reminding us to, "do whatever he tells you."
We believe in the power of intercessory prayer - praying to God on behalf of one another. Our brothers and sisters in heaven also share in this intercessory prayer on our behalf. At the foot of the cross, Jesus placed us in his mother's care, "Behold your mother." When we pray the Rosary, Mary is at our side, interceding to her Son on our behalf.