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Rosary For the Persecuted (and Their Persecutors)

June 23, AD2015 2 Comments

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Christian persecution is spreading like a plague! Across the globe and on every continent, the Body of Christ is being oppressed, kidnapped, jailed, tortured and killed. However, take heart, hope is never lost. God has a plan to deal with the evil unleashed in this world. Inspired by The Lord’s appearance to an African bishop earlier this year, here is how you can participate in God’s plan for spiritual combat and ultimate victory!

The Rosary for the Persecuted utilizes the Sorrowful Mysteries, and follows the traditional way of group recitation, with specific decade intentions for different “Hot Zones” around the globe.

Introduction:
Make the Sign of the Cross and say “The Apostles Creed”.
Say the “Our Father.”
Say three “Hail Marys.”
Say the “Glory be to the Father.”

Leader: Announce the First Sorrowful Mystery (The Agony in the Garden), and say “For the Church under attack by the Islamic State and all it’s affiliates in Syria, Iraq, Iran and throughout the Middle East.”
Then say the “Our Father.”
Say ten “Hail Marys,” while meditating on that Sorrowful Mystery.
Say the “Glory be to the Father.”
All: Say the following prayer requested by the Blessed Virgin Mary at Fatima:

“O my Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of hell, lead all souls to Heaven, especially those who have most need of your mercy.”

Leader: Announce the Second Sorrowful Mystery (The Scourging at the Pillar), then say “For the Church under attack in Africa by Boko Haram and all its affiliates.”
Then say the “Our Father.”
Say ten “Hail Marys,” while meditating on that Sorrowful Mystery.
Say the “Glory be to the Father.”
All: “O my Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of hell, lead all souls to Heaven, especially those who have most need of your mercy.”

Leader: Announce the Third Sorrowful Mystery (The Crowning of Thorns), then say “For the Church under attack throughout Asia, especially in China and North Korea.”
Then say the “Our Father.”
Say ten “Hail Marys,” while meditating on that Sorrowful Mystery.
Say the “Glory be to the Father.”
All: “O my Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of hell, lead all souls to Heaven, especially those who have most need of your mercy.”

Leader: Announce the Fourth Sorrowful Mystery (The Carrying of the Cross), then say “For the Church under attack in Europe and Russia.”
Then say the “Our Father.”
Say ten “Hail Marys,” while meditating on that Sorrowful Mystery.
Say the “Glory be to the Father.”
All: “O my Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of hell, lead all souls to Heaven, especially those who have most need of your mercy.”

Leader: Announce the Fifth Sorrowful Mystery (The Crucifixion and Death of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ), then say “For the Church under attack throughout the Americas.”
Then say the “Our Father.”
Say ten “Hail Marys,” while meditating on that Sorrowful Mystery.
Say the “Glory be to the Father.”
All: “O my Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of hell, lead all souls to Heaven, especially those who have most need of your mercy.”

Conclusion:
All: HAIL, HOLY QUEEN, Mother of Mercy, our life, our sweetness and our hope! To thee do we cry, poor banished children of Eve; to thee do we send up our sighs, mourning and weeping in this vale of tears. Turn then, most gracious advocate, thine eyes of mercy toward us, and after this our exile, show unto us the blessed fruit of thy womb, Jesus. O clement, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary!

Leader: Pray for us, O Holy Mother of God.

All: That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

Leader: “Lord, we ask for your divine intervention, revelation and mercy on those in the world that are either actively seeking the ruin of us, or are enabling your persecution by turning a blind eye! Hear us now.”

All: O GOD, whose only begotten Son, by His life, death, and resurrection, has purchased for us the rewards of eternal life, grant, we beseech Thee, that meditating upon these mysteries of the Most Holy Rosary of the Blessed Virgin Mary, we may imitate what they contain and obtain what they promise, through the same Christ Our Lord. Amen.

Note: visit two great web sites to stay informed of Christian persecution around the world, OpenDoors and The Voice of the Martyrs.

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About the Author:

Author of the non-fiction titles: Catholics Mean Business & Catholics Have Courage, and the Novella - Eyewitness! A practising Catholic concerned with building bridges, not walls, with people from all walks of life, speaker, business grad from the school of hard knocks and book lover, John uses his outlook and experience to reach, encourage, motivate and "nurture the soul at work."

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