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Fifth Joyful Mystery: The Finding of the Child Jesus in the Temple

Sunday, July 06, 2014
How do we know if the room is too cold? There is a gradual feeling from an early point that the room is getting colder, but eventually there is a point where we just ‘know’ that we need to put on a jumper, close the window or put a heater on. The Finding of the Child Jesus in the temple is one of the first events in the Bible where we see those surrounding Jesus, start to get more insight into something profound about this boy from Nazareth. For the son of an artisan, not formally educated, Jesus somehow has the knowledge to have dialogue and debate with the Doctors in the temple. 

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Fourth Joyful Mystery: The Presentation of Jesus in the Temple

Friday, July 04, 2014
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The Presentation, by Fra Angelico OP

Third Joyful Mystery: The Nativity

Wednesday, July 02, 2014
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Second Joyful Mystery: The Visitation of Mary to Elizabeth

Monday, June 30, 2014
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The first Joyful Mystery: The Annunciation

Friday, June 20, 2014
The first Joyful mystery draws our attention to the very first moments of Jesus’s life when Mary gave her consent to the marriage of humanity and divinity in her womb and conceived by the Holy Spirit.  Read more

The Joyful Mysteries

Tuesday, June 17, 2014
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The Rosary: Introduction

Monday, June 16, 2014
Do you ever struggle to find the right words to pray to God? We very often "do not know how to pray as we ought" (Rom 8:26) and then we need to turn to God and say, "Lord, teach us to pray" (Lk 11:1).  In response, Jesus offers us his own words, the Lord's Prayer, to address our Father in heaven with confidence. The Church, too, has given Christians many powerful prayers to give voice to our deepest longings, to praise and thank God, and to ask him to meet our daily needs. We can make these 'formal' prayers our own by using them frequently as we lift our hearts to God. Through the habit of prayer, we become caught up in the divine dialogue of love. Read more

Popular Piety: Marian Devotions

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

I remember hearing my grandmother tell a story of the terrible two nights during the Clydebank Blitz, when the German Luftwaffe launched a bombing raid in March 1941. My grandmother, along with relatives and neighbours, sought refuge in an Anderson shelter, which was designed to withstand anything except a direct hit. As a devout Catholic, she prayed the Rosary repetitively through the night, to pray for protection and survival through the Blitz. When she had finished one of the mysteries of the Rosary, with the sound of bombs falling nearby, her protestant neighbour who was beside her in the shelter asked “can you start saying those prayers again?”
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The Blessing of Roses

Monday, October 07, 2013
Today is the Feast of Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary. At Blackfriars, Oxford we followed the beautiful Dominican tradition of blessing and handing out roses at Mass on this day. Read more

What the Rosary means to me - 18

Saturday, October 29, 2011

My first impressions of the Rosary were not overwhelmingly positive: from the outside, the recitation of a fixed number of set prayers seemed tediously repetitious, and the beads themselves seemed more suited to the florid piety of the medievals than to a 21st century Englishman. Surely, I thought, there must be a more enlightened way of praying? Read more

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