Thursday, 21 February 2013

Sorrowful Mysteries 1

Dear Lady of the Rosary,
Red roses we lay down,
But let Thy fingers weave them
Into a worthy crown.
For how can we poor sinners
Do aught but weep with Thee,
When in thy Train we follow
Our God to Calvary.

In this season of Lent, it is appropriate to meditate on the Passion and sufferings of Our Lord, and to relate these to our own lives. With this in mind, I am planning a series of posts on the Sorrowful Mysteries of the Rosary.

I admit that I have never found the Rosary the easiest of prayers to say, perhaps because of the multiplicity of things going on (reciting the set prayers, meditating on the Mysteries and recalling the intentions for which you are offering the Rosary, as well as physically handling the beads all make it quite a challenge for someone who is not the best at multitasking). It is, however, a very worthwhile prayer, and provides a very valuable way of reflecting on the key events of the life of Jesus and His Blessed Mother. Of all the parts of the Rosary, I find the Sorrowful Mysteries the easiest to relate to, perhaps because it is easy to recognise the experience of suffering, and perhaps also because they provide a source of support through the tough times in life, knowing that God Himself has been through all the forms of human suffering, and understand these.

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