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Rosary For the Persecuted (and Their Persecutors)

June 23, AD2015

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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.

Photography: See our Photographers page.

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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  • RooforLife

    First Sorrowful Mystery The Agony In The Garden
    (Mt 26:36-56) 26:36 Then Jesus came with them to a plot of land called Gethsemane; and he said to his disciples, ‘Stay here while I go over there to pray.’ 37 He took Peter and the two sons of Zebedee with him. And he began to feel sadness and anguish. 38 Then he said to them, ‘My soul is sorrowful to the point of death. Wait here and stay awake with me.’
    39 And going on a little further he fell on his face and prayed. ‘My Father,’ he said, ‘if it is possible, let this cup pass me by. Nevertheless, let it be as you, not I, would have it.’
    40 He came back to the disciples and found them sleeping,and he said to Peter, ‘So you had not the
    strength to stay awake with me for one hour? 41 Stay awake, and pray not to be put to the test. The spirit is willing enough, but human nature is weak.’
    42 Again, a second time, he went away and prayed: ‘My Father,’ he said, ‘if this cup cannot pass by, but I must drink it, your will be done!’
    43 And he came back again and found them sleeping, their eyes were so heavy. 44 Leaving them there, he went away again and prayed for the third time, repeating the same words. 45
    Then he came back to the disciples and said to them, ‘You can sleep on now and have your rest. Look, the hour has come when the Son of man is to be betrayed into the hands of sinners. 46 Get up! Let us go! Look, my betrayer is not far away.’
    47 And suddenly while he was still speaking, Judas, one of the Twelve, appeared, and with him a large number of men armed with swords and clubs, sent by the chief priests and elders of the people.
    48 Now the traitor had arranged a sign with them saying, ‘The one I kiss, he is the man. Arrest
    him.’
    49 So he went up to Jesus at once and said, ‘Greetings, Rabbi,’ and kissed him. 50
    Jesus said to him, ‘My friend, do what you are here for.’ Then they came forward, seized Jesus and arrested him.
    51 And suddenly, one of the followers of Jesus grasped his sword and drew it;
    he struck the high priest’s servant and cut off his ear.
    52 Jesus then said, ‘Put your sword back, for all who draw the sword will die by the sword. 53 Or do
    you think that I cannot appeal to my Father, who would promptly send more than twelve legions of angels to my defence?
    54 But then, how would the scriptures be fulfilled that say this is the way it must be?’
    55 It was at this time that Jesus said to the crowds, ‘Am I a bandit, that you had to set out to
    capture me with swords and clubs? I sat teaching in the Temple day after day and you never laid a hand on me.’
    56 Now all this happened to fulfil the prophecies in scripture. Then all the disciples deserted
    him and ran away.

    Second Sorrowful Mystery – The Scourging At The Pillar
    (Mt 27:26) 27:26 Then released he Barabbas unto them: and when he had scourged Jesus, he delivered him to be crucified.

    Third Sorrowful Mystery – The Crowning With Thorns
    (Mt 27:27-31) 27:27 Then the soldiers of the governor took Jesus into the common hall, and gathered unto him the whole band of soldiers. 28 And they stripped him, and put on him a scarlet robe. 29 And when they had platted a crown of thorns, they put it upon his head, and a reed in his right hand: and they bowed the knee before him, and mocked him, saying, Hail, King of the Jews! 30 And they spit upon him, and took the reed, and smote him on the head. 31 And after that they had mocked him, they took the robe off from him, and put his own raiment on him, and led him away to crucify him.

    Fourth Sorrowful Mystery – The Carrying Of The Cross
    (Lk 23:26-31) 26 As they were leading him away they seized on a man, Simon from Cyrene, who was coming in from the country, and made him shoulder the cross and carry it behind Jesus.
    27 Large numbers of people followed him, and women too, who mourned and lamented for him.
    28 But Jesus turned to them and said, ‘Daughters ofJerusalem, do not weep for me; weep rather for yourselves and for your children.29 For look, the days are surely coming when people willsay, “Blessed are those who are barren, the wombs that have never bornechildren, the breasts that have never suckled!”30 Then they will begin to say to the mountains, “Fall on us!”; to the hills, “Cover us!”
    31 For if this is what is done to green wood, what will be done when the wood is dry?’

    Fifth Sorrowful Mystery – The Crucifixion and Death of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ
    (Mt 27:33-56) 27: 33 When they had reached a place called Golgotha, that is, the place of the skull,
    34 they gave him wine to drink mixed with gall, which he tasted but refused to drink.
    35 When they had finished crucifying him they shared out his clothing by casting lots, 36 and then sat down and stayed there keeping guard over him. 37 Above his head was placed the charge against him; it read: ‘This is Jesus, the King of the Jews.’ 38 Then two bandits were crucified with
    him, one on the right and one on the left. 39 The passers-by jeered at him; they shook their heads 40 and said, ‘So you would destroy the Temple and in three days rebuild it! Then save yourself
    if you are God’s son and come down from the cross!’ 41 The chief priests with the scribes and elders mocked him in the same way, 42 with the words, ‘He saved others; he cannot save himself. He
    is the king of Israel; let him come down from the cross now, and we will believe in him. 43 He has put his trust in God; now let God rescue him if he wants him. For he did say, “I am God’s son.” ‘
    44 Even the bandits who were crucified with him taunted him in the same way. 45 From the sixth hour there was darkness over all the land until the ninth hour. 46 And about the ninth hour, Jesus cried out in a loud voice, ‘Eli, eli, lama sabachthani?’ that is, ‘My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?’
    47 When some of those who stood there heard this, they said, ‘The man is calling on Elijah,’ 48 and one of them quickly ran to get a sponge which he filled with vinegar and, putting it on a reed, gave it him to drink. 49 But the rest of them said, ‘Wait! And see if Elijah will come to save him.’ 50 But Jesus,
    again crying out in a loud voice, yielded up his spirit. 51 And suddenly, the veil of the Sanctuary was torn in two from top to bottom, the earth quaked, the rocks were split, 52 the tombs opened and the bodies of many holy people rose from the dead, 53 and these, after his resurrection, came out of the tombs, entered the holy city and appeared to a number of people. 54 The centurion, together with the others guarding Jesus, had seen the earthquake and all that was taking place, and they were terrified and said, ‘In truth this man was son of God.’55 And many women were there, watching from a distance, the same women who had followed Jesus from Galilee and looked after him. 56 Among them were Mary of Magdala, Mary the mother of James and Joseph, and the mother of Zebedee’s sons.

  • cestusdei

    The rosary is a most powerful prayer, especially for those being attacked by Islam.