This May we cannot bring flowers into church for Our Lady so we decided to bring her into the Garden instead. Enjoy looking at these photos of Our Lady’s statue among the flowers and say some prayers, learning as Mary did, to become closer to God.
God our Father asked a woman, Mary, to be the mother of His son, and the Church. At this time when we cannot do so many things that mothers usually do we can imagine Our Lady moving about among people who are not in church, doing what we cannot, and giving us the help we cannot get in the usual way.
There are many special ways we can pray with Our Lady (including the Novena to Our Lady of Perpetual Succour online).
God our Father, you chose Mary to be the mother of your Son. We ask you, at this time when we cannot get about ourselves, through her intercession to comfort the sick and lonely, bring strength to all who are weary, and teach and soothe our children. Amen.
Our Lady of Aberdeen – Pray for us.
How to pray (not say) the Rosary:
It’s great to fall asleep at night with the rosary prayers on your lips, but it is also good to say this prayer in the daytime.
It takes about ten minutes to say five decades of the rosary so set this time aside, sit somewhere quiet. or relatively quiet, light a candle if it is safe to do so and stay silent for a few moments. Become aware of your breathing and of any sounds you hear. Accept these sounds as part of your environment, acknowledge them and then dismiss them gently. You can listen to them later.
The Rosary prayers:
There are four great prayers in the Rosary and every word in them is worth thinking about.
In the Creed we remember what we believe, and affirm unshakeably all that gives meaning and motive to our lives.
In the Our Father we pray with Jesus for the healing and redemption of the world
In the Hail Mary we pray for help in our weakness
In the Glory be we praise God (it’s easy to miss this great, but little prayer).
It is a good start to say these prayers slowly, dwelling on the meaning of each word. You don’t have to say all the Hail Marys etc. When the ten minutes are up, just thank God for being with you, make the sign of the Cross and get on with your day.
The Mysteries: Joyful; Luminous; Sorrowful; Glorious
Use rosary beads if you can when praying so that your fingers will keep track if your mind wanders.
Each group of ten Hail Marys marks a length of time during which we ponder one of the great mysteries of our faith.
These are not called mysteries for nothing. They tell of the wonders of God’s work for us, but also apply very directly to our own lives.
Joyful (Monday and Saturday) Luminous (Thursday)
Annunciation Baptism in the River Jordan
Visitation Wedding feast at Cana
Nativity Proclamation of the Word
Presentation in Temple Transfiguration
Finding in the Temple Institution of Eucharist
Sorrowful (Tuesday and Friday) Glorious (Sunday and Wednesday)
Agony in the garden Resurrection from the Dead
Scourging at the pillar Ascension into Heaven
Crowning of thorns Descent of Holy Spirit
Carrying of the Cross Assumption of Our Lady into Heaven
The Crucifixion Crowning of Our Lady as Queen of Heaven
We can work through all the mysteries praying for ourselves and others, as we face in our own lives experiences that are not so different from Mary’s, and just as important to God.