Wednesday, 8 October 2008

The Month of the Rosary

October is traditionally the month of the Rosary, and the feast of Our Lady of the Rosary was celebrated yesterday. This wonderful prayer is often misunderstood; esentially it is a prayer of meditation, inviting those who pray to reflect on the mysteries of Jesus' life and the role of Mary in God's plan of salvation. St Luke's gospel tells us in several places that Mary 'pondered' the events of Jesus' life in her heart. In her we see an image of someone who thought deeply about God's action in the world, someone who considered what the events of Jesus' life on earth mean for us. The Rosary invites us to join her in pondering the same mysteries, revisiting them again and again so that we may appreciate them more fully. The Rosary is prayed publicly in the Cathedral every Sunday at 4pm; there are leaflets available at the back of the church explaining how it is prayed. Children and staff at the Cathedral Primary School are also making a special effort to pray the Rosary this month, as can be seen here.