October is the Month of the Rosary.

Pray the Rosary with Bishop Malooly and students from five Catholic schools in the Diocese of Wilmington.

Join Archbishop José H. Gomez, President of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, bishops, priests, and Catholics across the country in praying a virtual rosary in a moment of unified prayer for America.


The Diocese of Wilmington held its annual Marian Pilgrimage on Saturday, October 3, 2020. This year, the event was on-line only due to the coronavirus pandemic. The theme for this year’s event that brings Catholics from all over Delaware and Maryland’s Eastern Shore together to honor the Blessed Virgin Mary, is “Mary, Mother of All Nations.”

All of the videos and events can be seen at YouTube.com/DioceseofWilm and here, www.cdow.org/Mary.

Marian Pilgrimage Schedule October 3, 2020

8:00 a.m. – Start your pilgrimage with the First Saturday Mass with Father Brian Lewis, Pastor of Saint Jude the Apostle Parish in Lewes, Delaware. Search “Godcast with Father Lewis” on YouTube, or watch it when it is posted at cdow.org/Mary.

9:00 a.m. – Marian Pilgrimage Video Premiere: Fr. Brian Lewis talks about the symbolism in Our Lady of Wilmington, the beautiful painting of The Blessed Mother that was commissioned for the Diocesan 150th anniversary. Watch at YouTube.com/DioceseofWilm or at cdow.org/Mary.

10:00 a.m. – Marian Pilgrimage Video Premiere: Ms. Suyapa Yanes, originally from Honduras, tells us about Our Lady of Suyapa, venerated in her native country. Watch at YouTube.com/DioceseofWilm or at cdow.org/Mary.

10:30 a.m. – Marian Pilgrimage Video Premier: Five parishioners of St. Joseph Parish on French Street in Wilmington discuss their devotion to Mary. Watch at YouTube.com/DioceseofWilm or at cdow.org/Mary.

11:00 a.m. – Marian Pilgrimage Video Premier: Mr. Chacko Bensilal talks about Marian devotion and apparitions in Syro-Malabar, India. At the end of the video, Chacko and his family pray and sing a decade of the rosary in their native language.  Watch at YouTube.com/DioceseofWilm or at cdow.org/Mary.

11:30 a.m. – Marian Pilgrimage Video Premier: Mr. James Gebhart, a seminarian in formation for the priesthood for the Diocese of Wilmington talks about his devotion to Our Lady. Watch at YouTube.com/DioceseofWilm or at cdow.org/Mary.

12:00 p.m. – Marian Pilgrimage Video Premier: Ruthie and Cecil Coutinho, from Saint John the Beloved Parish in Wilmington, Delaware, discuss their multi-cultural, multi-generational family’s devotion to the Blessed Mother. Watch at YouTube.com/DioceseofWilm or at cdow.org/Mary.

12:30 p.m. – Marian Pilgrimage Video Premier: Ms. Karen Ponce, parishioner of Holy Angels Parish in Newark, Delaware and native of Honduras, talks about Our Lady of Guadeloupe, Patroness of Mexico and the Americas.  Watch at YouTube.com/DioceseofWilm or at cdow.org/Mary.

1:00 p.m. Marian Pilgrimage Video Premier: Ms. Sharon Ward, Coordinator of Native American Ministry for the Diocese of Wilmington, gives us a Native American perspective of Our Blessed Mother. Watch at YouTube.com/DioceseofWilm or at cdow.org/Mary.

1:30 p.m. – Marian Pilgrimage Video Premier: Mr. Jorge Vasquez, parishioner of Holy Angels Parish in Newark, Delaware and native of El Salvador talks about Our Lady of Peace, Patroness of his home country. Watch at YouTube.com/DioceseofWilm or at cdow.org/Mary.

2:00 p.m.  – Marian Pilgrimage Video Premier: Kenny & Jill King, their children and grandchildren, discuss their family devotion to the Blessed Mother. The Kings are parishioners at Saint Benedict Church in Ridgley, Maryland. Watch at YouTube.com/DioceseofWilm or at cdow.org/Mary.

4:00 p.m. –  Holy Mass live-streamed from the Cathedral of Saint Peter in Wilmington, Bishop Francis Malooly, Presiding and Preaching. Watch at YouTube.com/DioceseofWilm.

 

Father Brian Lewis talks about the Devotion of the Seven Sorrows of Our Lady:

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October is the month we focus on The Rosary.

The Rosary, though clearly Marian in character, is at heart a Christocentric prayer. In the sobriety of its elements, it has all the depth of the Gospel message in its entirety, of which it can be said to be a compendium. It is an echo of the prayer of Mary, her perennial Magnificat for the work of the redemptive Incarnation which began in her virginal womb. With the Rosary, the Christian people sits at the school of Mary and is led to contemplate the beauty on the face of Christ and to experience the depths of his love. Through the Rosary the faithful receive abundant grace, as though from the very hands of the Mother of the Redeemer.
—From On the Most Holy Rosary. . . (Rosarium Virginis Mariae) Click here for more information from the USCCB.

The Rosary

The rosary is probably the best known private devotion in the Catholic Church. In 1569, Pope Pius V officially approved this devotion, but the rosary’s history can be traced to much earlier times, with its beginnings probably occurring in the 12th Century. A familiar legend holds that St. Dominic received the rosary from Our Blessed Lady. The legend is not substantiated but it is believed the devotion developed over a fairly long period of time.

The rosary took its present shape – 150 Hail Mary’s divided into 15 decades – probably between the 14th and the 15th Centuries. Pope Pius V officially recommended this prayer of “150 angelic salutations … with the Lord’s Prayer at each decade … while meditating on the mysteries which recall the entire life of Our Lord, Jesus Christ.” Since that time, the rosary has remained unchanged, and over the last Century and a half, Popes have strongly recommended this prayer to all the faithful. While the rosary is seen as a Marion devotion, it is truly a Christ centered prayer.

The mysteries of the rosary clearly focus on the events in Christ’s life; the joyful mysteries on his Incarnation, the sorrowful mysteries on his suffering and death, the glorious mysteries on his Resurrection, his Ascension, the gift of the Spirit, and the impact of his Resurrection as exemplified in Our Lady. Mother Teresa of Calcutta once said: “In praying the rosary with devotion, we are reliving the life of Christ.” Pope Paul VI said: “(The rosary) is the bible for those that can neither write nor read.” The whole history of our salvation is contained in the mysteries of the rosary.

In meditating on the mysteries of Christ, we do not simply refer to past events. Christ truly lives among us now, continuing to be born, to suffer and die, and rise in the church of our day. Devotion to our Blessed Mother has been part of the life of the church since its earliest days. As the Mother of Jesus, Mary is the epitome of faith and fidelity, the ultimate model of selflessness.

The great fathers of the church, such as Justin and Irenaeus, wrote whole treatises on Mary as the New Eve. We find images of Mary holding the child Jesus on the walls of the catacombs. When the Nicene Creed was formulated early in the 4th Century, it simply states that Jesus was “born of the Virgin Mary,” but liturgical manuscripts and ancient prayers which include the expression “we fly to your patronage” invoking the aid of Mary, date back to the late 3rd Century.

Catholics look to Mary as a staunch woman of faith, the ideal Christian who guides and directs us, the mother who intercedes for us, and we honor her because she is so authentically human, so ordinary in her extraordinary role. She embodies all that is holy and wholesome. In the dogmatic constitution on the church, Vatican II declares: “Mary was involved in the mysteries of Christ.

As the Most Holy Mother of God she was, after her Son, exalted by divine grace above all angels and men. Hence, the church appropriately honors her with special reverence.” … “Let the entire body of the faithful pour forth persevering prayer to the Mother of God and the Mother of men. Let them implore that she who aided the beginning of the church by her prayers may now, … intercede with her Son in the fellowship of all the saints.”

Rev. Msgr. J. Thomas Cini, VG (Retired)
Special Assistant to the Bishop

LINKS:

How to pray the rosary

Pray the rosary for the protection of life.

More on the rosary from the USCCB.

Learn more about Devotions to Mary here.

Pray the Rosary with Bishop Michael Saltarelli, 8th Bishop of Wilmington

Click here to pray the Joyful Mysteries with Bishop Saltarelli (Pray these Mysteries every Monday; also Sundays during Advent)

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Click here to hear Bishop Saltarelli’s Statement “Through Mary to Jesus: the Spiritual Value of the Rosary”