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May the Holy Sprint grant us the grace to comprehend and accept His teaching, in Jesus Christ’s name.
- Lesson (2) – The Holy Rosary.
- Lesson (1) – The sign of the Cross and common christian prayers.
THE HOLY ROSARY.
The Holy Rosary consists of a set number of specific prayers.
The introductory prayers: One Apostles’ Creed, one Our Father, three Hail Mary’s, one Glory Be. Then follows five sets of ten Hail Mary, five Our father, Glory be to the father and desired personal intention. It is practically a contemplative and perfect scriptural prayer, within it, lays the awesome story of our salvation.
In reciting decades of the rosary, we meditate on the mystery associated with each of them; the joy, the light (public life and ministry of Jesus Christ), the sorrow and glorious. It is a devotional prayer in honour of the Virgin Mary.
– Prayers of the Holy Rosary.
The Sign of the Cross: In the name of the Father, of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, amen. (Use with confidence to assume the authority of the Holy Trinity).
- Prayer to the Holy Spirit:
Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful, and en-kindle in them the fire of your love. Send forth Your Spirit O God and they shall be created, and You shall renew the face of the earth. Let us pray: O God, who by the light of the Holy Spirit, did instruct the hearts of the faithful, grant that by the same spirit we may be truly wise and ever rejoice in His consolation, through Christ our lord. Amen.
- The Apostle’s Creed (in Lesson 1)
- Our father (in Lesson 1)
- Hail Mary (in Lesson 1)
- O my Jesus
O my Jesus, forgive us of our sins. Save us from the fires of hell. Lead all souls into heaven, especially those in most need of your mercy.
- Hail holy Queen:
Hail, holy Queen, Mother of mercy, hail our life, our sweetness and our hope! To you do we cry, poor banished children of Eve; to you do we send up our sighs, mourning and weeping in this vale of tears. Turn then, most gracious Advocate, your eyes of mercy towards us; and after this our exile, show to us the blessed fruit of your womb, Jesus. O clement, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary!
– How to pray the Rosary.
The Twenty Mysteries of the Holy Rosary.
–The Joyful Mysteries
The Annunciation: The Archangel Gabriel “announces” to Mary that she shall conceive the Son of God. (Lk. 1,28)
The Visitation: Mary visits her cousin Elizabeth, who is pregnant with John the Baptist. (Lk.1,41-42)
The Nativity: Jesus is born. (Lk.2,7)
The Presentation: Mary and Joseph “present” Jesus in the Temple where they meet Simeon. (Lk.2,22)
The Finding in the Temple: After losing Him, Mary and Joseph find young Jesus teaching the Rabbis in the Temple.(Lk.2,46)
–The Luminous Mysteries (The Mysteries of Light)
The Baptism in the Jordan: The voice of the Father declares Jesus the beloved Son. (Mt.3,16-17)
The Wedding at Cana: Christ changes water into wine, his first public miracle. (Jn.2,4-6).
The Proclamation of the Kingdom of God: Jesus calls to conversion (Mk 1:14-15).
The Transfiguration: The glory of the Godhead shines forth from the face of Christ. (Lk.9,29).
The Institution of the Eucharist: Jesus offers the first Mass at the Last Supper with his apostles. (Lk.22,19-20).
–The Sorrowful Mysteries
The Agony in the Garden: Jesus sweats water and blood while praying the night before his passion. (Lk.22,44-45)
The Scourging at the Pillar: Pilate has Jesus whipped. (Jn.19,1).
The Crowning with Thorns: Roman soldiers crown Jesus’ head with thorns. (Mt.27,28-29).
The Carrying of the Cross: Jesus carries the heavy cross upon His shoulders to Calvary. (Jn.19,17).
The Crucifixion: Jesus is nailed to the cross and dies after three hours of agony.(Lk.23,46).
–The Glorious Mysteries
The Resurrection: Jesus rises from the dead. (Mk.16,6).
The Ascension: Jesus leaves the Apostles and bodily “ascends” to heaven. (Mk.16,19).
The Descent of the Holy Spirit: The Holy Spirit descends upon Mary and the Apostles. (Acts 2,2)
The Assumption: The Blessed mother is united with her Son in heaven. (Judith 15,9b-10)
The Coronation: Mary is crowned Queen of Heaven and Earth. (Apoc.12,1).
–Mysteries for Certain Weekdays
Monday – Joyful
Tuesday – Sorrowful
Wednesday – Glorious
Thursday – Luminous
Friday – Sorrowful
Saturday – Joyful
Sunday – Glorious
THE SIGN OF THE CROSS and COMMON CHRISTIAN PRAYERS.
The sign of the Cross, as is usually made by Catholics before, during or at the end of prayer, is a sacrament and as well a prayer. Making the sign of the cross (touching four cardinal points on the body; the forehead, abdomen and the shoulders, left to the right), you invoke the presence and power of the Holy Trinity on yourself and upon whatever the sign is made. It is also an act of professing your belief in God the Father, God the Son and in God the Holy Spirit.
Thus, christian are encouraged to do this when necessary.
– Lord’s prayer (The Our Father)
The Lord’s prayer (Our Father), is the popular prayer Jesus thought his disciples and documented by Matthew in chapter 6, verses 9 – 13 and by Luke in chapter 11, verses 1 – 4.
” ‘Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come,
your will be done
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our debts,
as we also have forgiven our debtors.
And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from the evil one.’
In this prayer, Jesus teaches us;
- To be ‘INTIMATE’ with God by addressing Him as “OUR FATHER”.
- To worship God and request His will to be done on earth (for us) as it is in heaven.
- To request God’s supply of our needs.
- To request God’s forgiveness our sins and have His will done in our lives always.
- To ask for God’s help over temptation and deliverance from every evil.
– Hail Mary
Full of Grace,
The Lord is with thee.
Blessed art thou among women,
and blessed is the fruit
of thy womb, Jesus.
Mother of God,
pray for us sinners now,
and at the hour of our death.
The Hail Mary prayer is a combination of two bible verses:
- Luke 1:28 – Angel Gabriel’s salutation to Mary when he announced the conception and birth of our Lord Jesus Christ: “HAIL (MARY), FULL OF GRACE, THE LORD IS WITH YOU”
- Luke 1:41-42 – …Elizabeth filled with the Holy Spirit, exclaimed: “BLESSED ARE YOU AMONG WOMEN AND BLESSED IS THE FRUIT OF YOUR WOMB”(JESUS).
- …and an intercessory prayer line added by catholic church in her wisdom: “PRAY FOR US SINNERS NOW AND AT THE OUR OF OUR DEATH, AMEN”. This as a result of the known fact about Mary’s willingness to intercede for the needy, even without request like she did for the poor couple at the wedding in Canaan.
– The Apostles Creed (I believe in God)
The Apostles Creed is a brief statement of our core beliefs as Catholics. Is divided into statements which are founded entirely in scripture with origin dated back towards the end of the 2nd century.
This is a profession every convert must accept and profess before the church just like it is done today, before the sacrament of baptism is administered on catechumen.
I believe in God, the Father almighty, (Mt 5 :45)
Creator of heaven and earth, (Gen 1: 1; Rom 1: 20)
And in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord, (Mt 3: 17; Phil 2: 12)
Who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, (Lk 1: 35)
born of the Virgin Mary, (Lk 2: 7)
suffered under Pontius Pilate, (Jn 19: 16)
was crucified, died, and was buried. (Jn 19: 29 – 42)
He descended into hell; (1 Pet 3: 19 – 20)
on the third day He rose again from the dead, (Mt 28:1-10; Jn 20:11-18)
He ascended in heaven, (Lk 24: 51)
and sits at the right hand of God, (Heb 1: 3)
the Father almighty; (Mk 14: 36)
from thence He shall come again (Mt 16: 27; Acts 10: 39;)
to judge the living and the dead. (1 Cor 15: 51)
I believe in the Holy Spirit, (Jn 14: 15 – 20; Acts 1: 7 – 8)
the Holy Catholic Church, (Mt 16: 18 – 19; Eph 5: 26-27; Col 1: 24)
the communion of Saints, (Mt 28: 19 – 20; 2 Cor 11: 13; 1 Cor 15: 33)
the forgiveness of sins, (Jn 20: 22 – 23)
the resurrection of the body, (1Cor 15: 51 – 54; 1 Thes 4: 13 – 18)
and life everlasting. (1 Jn 5: 20)
The Apostles Creed is the foundation of our Catholic faith, and the first part upon which the Catechism of the Catholic Church is founded.
Cat. Callistus Eichie.