for Peace and for the Family
In his Apostolic Letter, Rosarium Virginis Mariae (2002), Pope John Paul II exhorted us to pray the Rosary for peace and for the family. His words are significant for us to reflect upon here:
"A number of historical circumstances also make a revival of the Rosary quite timely. First of all, the need to implore from God the gift of peace. The Rosary has many times been proposed by my predecessors and myself as a prayer for peace. At the start of a millennium which began with the terrifying attacks of 11 September 2001, a millennium which witnesses every day innumerous parts of the world fresh scenes of bloodshed and violence, to rediscover the Rosary means to immerse oneself in contemplation of the mystery of Christ who “is our peace”, since he made “the two of us one, and broke down the dividing wall of hostility” (Ephesians 2:14). Consequently, one cannot recite the Rosary without feeling caught up in a clear commitment to advancing peace, especially in the land of Jesus, still so sorely afflicted and so close to the heart of every Christian.
A similar need for commitment and prayer arises in relation to another critical contemporary issue: the family, the primary cell of society, increasingly menaced by forces of disintegration on both the ideological and practical planes, so as to make us fear for the future of this fundamental and indispensable institution and, with it, for the future of society as a whole. The revival of the Rosary in Christian families, within the context of a broader pastoral ministry to the family, will be an effective aid to countering the
devastating effects of this crisis typical of our age."
A custom for those praying the Rosary is to meditate on each of the Mysteries in silence, either before or while they recite the prayers of each decade. The following pages contain collections of verses from the sacred Scriptures, with ten verses given for each decade of the Rosary. It is suggested that these verses be recited aloud, one before
each “Hail Mary.” The verses given for each decade correspond to the Mystery being recalled, and stress the fidelity and strength of Christ, the Prince of Peace.
Scriptural Rosary for Peace and for the Family:
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THE HOLY ROSARY