Rosary for Life
THE LIFE ROSARY
Our Lady and the Rosary
The ICC Order of Carmelites fully embraces pious devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary. In fact, seeking the intercession of Our Lady is of great importance to Carmelite spirituality. Traditionally Carmelites focus our Marian Devotion through the image of “Our Lady Of Carmel.” However, I personally teach that the title we use for the Hoy Mother is not as important as the devotion itself. Here in the USA, the Catholic Church in America has been consecrated to Mary’s title Our Lady of Guadalupe, in honor of her appearance in our hemisphere to San Juan Diego. In the spirit of the CCIA’s special recognition and consecration, the CCIA Chapter of the Order of Carmelites also adopts Our Lady under this title. Carmelites in other nations have the liberty to adopt similar practices according to their local customs and pious traditions.
The development of the rosary has a long history. In early contemplative practice it developed by praying 150 Our Fathers in imitation of the 150 Psalms. In some traditions the Jesus Prayer was similarly employed. Later a mystery of Jesus’ life was attached to each decade.
Though Mary’s giving of the rosary to Saint Dominic is recognized as a legend, the development of this prayer form owes much to the followers of Saint Dominic. One of them, Alan de la Roche, was known as “the apostle of the rosary.” He founded the first Confraternity of the Rosary in the 15th century. In the 16th century, the rosary was developed to its present form—with the 15 mysteries: joyful, sorrowful and glorious.
Our Lady has a special place in our hearts, especially when it comes to the sanctity of life, motherhood and giving live to the incarnation of our Lord in particular. She presents us with a poignant example of how to deal with an “unplanned pregnancy.” Her “YES” or fiat to our Lord not only paved the way for our redemption, but emphasizes the importance of saying yes to life.
In Carmelite spirituality and tradition, we generally include all three mysteries for a total of fifteen decades.
The purpose of the rosary is to help us deepen our faith and life in Christ. As all recognized Marian apparitions show, Our Lady always points us to her Son. In the rosary we meditate on the great mysteries of our salvation. The main focus is on Jesus — his birth, life, death, and resurrection. The Our Fathers remind us that Jesus’ Father is the initiator of salvation. The Hail Marys remind us to join with Mary in contemplating these mysteries. They also make us aware that Mary was and is intimately joined with her Son in all the mysteries of his earthly and heavenly existence. The Glory Be’s remind us that the purpose of all life is the glory of the Trinity.
The rosary appeal to many is simple, our constant repetition of words help create an atmosphere in which to contemplate the mysteries of God. We sense that Jesus and Mary are with us in the joys and sorrows of life. We grow in hope that God will bring us to share in the glory of Jesus forever.
The rosary, as a meditation on the life of Our Lord and His Blessed Mother, has been a powerful instrument of prayer down through the centuries.
This meditation series focuses our prayers on the necessity of ending abortions. These prayers are especially poignant and effective at the abortion clinics in our state, our country and throughout the world. Countless testimonies have been recorded of babies saved at abortion mills due to the presence of people reciting the rosary at the location.
One woman reported to a pro-life counselor months later that she had approached an abortion mill in Phoenix, Arizona, determined to have an abortion. She was in the second trimester of her pregnancy. As she crossed the sidewalk, approaching the killing door, she felt her baby kick within her womb. She looked up at the same moment to witness an older woman walking up and down, praying the rosary. She later told the pro-life counselor that at that moment she knew what she was about to do was wrong. She left the clinic and went home. She chose to keep and love the precious life God had given to her. As we pray the rosary in front of a killing mill, we might never know that our presence helped a mother choose life, but babies are saved every day by this faithful prayer to God.
The Life Rosary
In following Our Lord’s example of love for all people, we walk and pray to save the lives of precious, innocent babies! We recite the following prayer before we begin the rosary in front of the abortion mill.
“They have pierced my hands and my feet; I can count all my bones”
Let us pray;
Father, I come to this place as to a new Calvary. I wish to stand here with Mary and those others who stood by the cross of Jesus the day He sacrificed Himself for us sinners.
I firmly believe the sorrowful scene before my eyes is nothing less than a re-enactment of Jesus’ suffering and death, already anticipated in the massacre of the Innocents of Bethlehem and repeated in the slaughter of these least brethren of His, the tiny children brought here today for killing. O Father, I realize that I cannot stop the killing of most of these children, any more than Mary could have the slaying of her child that day. I unite my heart with hers in faith and grieving love and humbly adore Your divine purpose in allowing such bloodshed. I offer you the blood of Jesus and, mingled with it, the blood of these little ones, the abortionists and our whole society.
Please remember Jesus’ own prayer from the Cross with its echo in Mary’s heart: “Father, forgive them for they know not what they do.” But perhaps the hour has not yet come for some of them. Once You told Joseph to take the Child and His mother far from those seeking the Child’s life. I offer myself to You as Saint Joseph’s helper, ready to do everything I can for my beloved Jesus and Mary in the person of any child and mother You entrust to my care. Dear Father, accept my prayer in the name of Jesus.
Meditations of the 15 decades of the rosary in support of life
The Joyful Mysteries
May all mankind respond to the grace of God. We pray we will always accept the will of God as Mary accepted the will of God, in faith and obedience. We ask that all expectant women be able to feel the peace and love of Our Lord and accept the new life within them.
May we always respond to mothers and mothers-to-be in love and faith as Mary did when she went to help Elizabeth, who also was with child. May our example of love by our presence here encourage women to choose life.
Birth of Christ
We pray that we always see the infant Jesus in every child to be born, and that every woman approaching an abortion clinic will feel your love, Lord and choose life. From the time Jesus began His journey on earth to the day He gave His life for our salvation, He showed us how to pray and love others. May we be there for expectant mothers in their time of need with prayer and love, as St. Joseph protected Mary.
As Mary and Joseph showed obedience to Jewish law, let us be obedient to God’s law and always respect life at every stage. Give us the strength to speak out in defense of these small babies about to be aborted.
Finding the Child Jesus in the Temple
As Mary and Joseph rejoiced after finding Jesus in the Temple, let those who have been lost to God be found. Lord, even as a small boy, You showed us that we too must be about Our Father’s business. We pray we will always be willing to help those who have become lost.
The Sorrowful Mysteries
The Agony In the Garden
“Could you not watch one hour with Me?” Our Lord asked of his apostles in the garden. Give us the strength to watch and pray one hour for those about to die. Let our presence here give mothers the strength to choose God, and choose life.
At the Pillar As Christ was scourged , His skin was torn. The pain was like a thousand knives. How like the pain of an abortion. By Your suffering, Lord, we ask that these babies be saved from a terrible death. Let all mothers feel the love You have for each of them.
The Crowning With Thorns
As the soldiers mocked You and crowned You with thorns, You loved them. Give us the strength and wisdom, Lord, to follow Your example. Let us not fear what others say. Let us follow only Your word. Let us love and care for all people. We ask for an increase of the gifts of humility and spiritual courage.
The Carrying of the Cross
May all mothers know that no matter how heavy their cross seems to be, that You are there Lord, helping them carry it. We pray that every mother knows that as You fell three times, You are there for them, when they fall. You will lift them into Your arms. You are there with each child carried in the womb.
The Crucifixion Lord
Always remember our Lord’s words, “Father, forgive them for they know not what they do.” Give us the grace to pray for those who reject You. Let us never turn away from those in the abortion industry. Let us be Your disciples and pray for their conversion as well as our own.
The Glorious Mysteries
The Resurrection Lord
Lord, You are the Resurrection and the Life. After Your agonizing death on the cross, You rose on Easter Sunday. You spoke to Mary with such love and tenderness. We pray that the women going into this abortion clinic feel the same love and tenderness from us. Let every mother carry Your words in her heart. “Peace be with you…Be not afraid.”
As we follow the example of Our Lord each day, we hear His words, “Know that I am with you always, even to the end of the world.” We pray that we will always have the courage to be His disciples and show His love for all people by standing here in defense of life. We pray that all mothers feel the presence and strength of Our Lord each day.
The Descent of the Holy Spirit
Give us strength and courage, O Holy Spirit, to follow the example of the apostles. Though they were fearful, You filled them with faith and courage. Jesus, through Mary, the spouse of the Holy Spirit, we pray for a new Pentecost today, that all mothers will be filled with the fire of Your love and the faith to accept Your Will.
Most chaste and gentle Mother, be always our model for purity and humility. Mary, most pure and gentle virgin, let us desire only the will of the Father. Help us not to seek rewards on this earth for Heaven is the greatest reward. We seek only to dwell in the house of the Lord, all the days of our life.
We join Our Lady in prayer, as She and all the angels praise God continually. “A great sign appeared in the sky, a woman clothed in the Sun, with the moon at her feet, on her head a crown with twelve stars. She will crush the head of the serpent.”
Pryers of the Rosary
The Apostles’ Creed
I believe in God, the Father Almighty,
Creator of heaven and earth;
and in Jesus Christ, His only Son, Our Lord;
who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
born of the Virgin Mary,
suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died and was buried.
He descended into hell;
the third day He arose again from the dead;
He ascended into heaven,
and sits at the right hand of God, the Father Almighty;
from thence He shall come to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit, the Holy Catholic Church,
the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body, and life everlasting.
The Lord’s Prayer
Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy name;
Thy kingdom come;
Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread;
and forgive us our trespasses as we
forgive those who trespass against us;
and lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.
Hail Mary, full of grace! The Lord is with thee;
blessed art thou among women,
and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.
Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners,
now and at the hour of our death.
Glory Be to the Father Glory be to the Father,
the Son and to the Holy Spirit,
as it was in the beginning,
is now and ever shall be,
world without end.
The Fatima Prayer
O, My Jesus O, my Jesus, forgive us our sins.
Save us from the fires of hell and lead all souls to heaven,
especially those most in need of Thy mercy.
Prayers Following the Rosary
Hail Holy Queen
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 valley of tears.
Turn then, O most gracious advocate,
your 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.
Pray for us O Holy Mother of God
That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.
Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary,
that never was it known that anyone who fled to your protection,
implored your help or sought your intercession, was left unaided.
Inspired with this confidence, we fly to you, O Virgin of virgins,
our Mother; to you we come; before you we stand, sinful and sorrowful.
O Mother of the Word Incarnate, despise not our petitions, but in your
clemency hear and answer them.
Prayer to Saint Michael
St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in the day of battle;
be our safeguard against the wickedness and snares of the devil.
May God rebuke him, we humbly pray, and do thou,
O Prince of the Heavenly Host, by the power of God,
cast into hell Satan and all the other evil spirits, who prowl the world,
seeking the ruin of souls, Amen.
Prayer of Intercession
Thank you, Lord, that I am fearfully, wonderfully made.
Seek out, Lord, those women who are considering ending
their children’s lives. Lead them out of their confusion.
Assist them in their time of doubt.
Overpower the evil influences that beckon to them.
May the beating human heart, deep within her womb,
reach that mother’s awareness, and persuade her to accept
the challenge and gift of life, her child has been given by God.
Blessed are You, O Lord, the One Who creates life, sustains life,
and redeems life.