Monday, 20 October 2008

Joining the Rosary Confraternity

The spirit helpeth our infirmity. For we know not what we should pray for as we ought; but the Spirit himself asketh for us with unspeakable groanings (Romans 8:26)

This month, after a period of discernment, I have applied to join the Confraternity of the Holy Rosary (an Archconfraternity), a worldwide body of people devoted to the Rosary. I thought that October, Mary's month, was an appropriate time to do this!

I have decided to start a blog devoted to gathering information about this fascinating prayer group, concentrating on its history and other information that might be difficult to access elsewhere. It follows that I also intend this blog to be a useful resource for praying the Rosary.

To start with, I am pasting below the Rosary Confraternity prayer, as found on the Confraternity website. In due course, I shall make a pdf of this prayer for downloading...

Rosary Confraternity Prayer

Queen of the Most Holy Rosary and Mother of us all, we come to you for help in our sorrows, trials and necessities. Sin leaves us weak and helpless but Divine Grace heals and strengthens.

We ask for the grace to love Jesus as you loved Him, to believe as you believed, to hope as you hoped; we ask to share your purity of mind and heart. Give us true sorrow for sin and make us love people as you and Jesus loved them. Obtain for us the gifts of the Holy Spirit that we may be wise with your wisdom, understand with your understanding, know with your knowledge, prudent with your prudence, patient with your patience, courageous with your fortitude and desire justice ardently for everyone with the all consuming desire of the Sacred Heart of Jesus your Son.

Open our minds that as we pray the Rosary we will understand the teachings of the Gospel contained in its mysteries.

We pray especially for the members of the Rosary Confraternity whom we love. Help them wherever they may be; guide them, watch over them and make them strong in their trials and suffering. We are drawn together by a common bond of great charity for you and for each other; keep us faithful to your Son and to your Rosary till death.

Intercede for the souls in Purgatory, especially for the members of the Rosary Confraternity who have died. May they rest in peace. Finally we ask for grace of final perseverance for ourselves and for our loved ones that we may all be reunited in heaven forever. [Amen]

Saint Dominic, you who received so much Grace and Strength from the Rosary, Pray for Us.

Imprimi Potest:
Thomas P. Raftery O.P., Lect. S.Th., J.C.D.

Nihil Obstat:
+ Paul E. Waldschmidt CSC, D.D., S.T.D.

+ Cornelius M. Power, D.D., J.C.D.
Archbishop of Portland

March 30, 1979

1 comment:

D said...

Hi - why does one have to join on the website - can't we just say the confraternity prayer. And what did people used to do in the past.

God Bless