SFX for Life
A Web Ministry of the Gospel of Life Committee,
The Catholic Community of St. Francis Xavier, Hunt Valley, Maryland
Building a culture of love and life in the face of a culture of utility and death

Pro-Life Rosary at CCSFX, Hunt Valley MD

We offer you a golden opportunity to become active as a community of faith.

Please pray the Rosary with us on Sunday in our Chapel at 10:15 a.m. This time was chosen for the convenience of those just finishing the 9:00 Mass and those attending the 11:00 mass.

Nothing creates stronger community bonds than taking action together through prayer. Join us as we pray for your special intentions, for our community, for vocations to the religious life, our Church, our nation, and for the blossoming of a culture of life.

Click here to view the tri-fold of the prayers we use for the rosary.

A Pro-Life Rosary

JOYFUL MYSTERIES LUMINOUS MYSTERIES SORROWFUL MYSTERIES GLORIOUS MYSTERIES
The Annunciation Christ is Baptized in the Jordan The Agony in the Garden The Resurrection
Mary is troubled by the angel's greeting, yet rejoices to do God's will. Let us pray that those who are troubled by their pregnancy may have the grace to trust in God's will. When Jesus is baptized, the Father's voice is heard: "This is my beloved Son." All are called to become adopted sons and daughters of God through baptism. We pray that children in the womb may be protected, so that they may be born and welcomed into the Christian community by baptism. Let us pray for mothers and fathers who are in agony because they are tempted to abort a child. May they be given the good news that there are alternatives, and may they make use of the help that is available. Christ is Risen! By his Resurrection, He has destroyed the power of death, and therefore the power of abortion. The outcome of the battle for Life has already been decided: Life is victorious! Let us pray that all prolifers will spread this victory to every segment of our society.
The Visitation Christ is made known at the Wedding of Cana The Scourging The Ascension
John the Baptist leapt for joy in his mother's womb. We pray that people may realize that abortion is not about children who "might" come into the world, but is about children who are already in the world, living and growing in the womb, and are scheduled to be killed. Jesus revealed His glory by the miracle at Cana. The new couple was blessed not only with wine, but with faith in Christ. Let us pray for strong marriages, rooted in the Lord, and open to the gift of new life. As Christ's flesh was torn by the instruments of those who scourged Him, so the bodies of babies in the womb are torn by the instruments of the abortionists. Let us pray that abortionists may repent of these acts of child-killing. By ascending to the Father's throne, Christ takes our human nature, given to us in the womb, to the heights of heaven. He shows us that human beings are made to be raised to heaven, not thrown in the garbage. Let us pray that the world may learn this truth and reject abortion.
The Nativity Christ proclaims the Kingdom and Calls All to Conversion The Crowning With Thorns The Descent of the Holy Spirit
God Himself was born as a child. The greatness of a person does not depend on size, for the newborn King is very small. Let us pray for an end to prejudice against the tiny babies threatened by abortion. "Repent and believe the Good News." Let us pray that these first words of Jesus' public ministry may be heard by all who have committed abortion. May they know that the Lord calls them to conversion, and may they experience life-giving repentance. Jesus suffered the pain of thorns in His head, and did so silently. We pray for the mothers and fathers of aborted children. So many of them suffer deep grief and regret over a choice they can never reverse. So many suffer in silence, because others tell them it's no big deal. The Holy Spirit is the Advocate: He pleads our cause, for we cannot save ourselves. We pray that He will make us advocates for the babies, who cannot speak or write or vote or protest or even pray.
The Presentation The Transfiguration The Carrying of the Cross The Assumption
The Child is presented in the Temple because the Child belongs to God. Children are not the property of their parents, nor of the government. They - and we - belong to God Himself. Christ is transformed on the mountain, and the disciples see His glory. May the eyes of all people be transformed, that they may see each and every human life as a reflection of the glory of God Himself. Jesus was not condemned by the power of wicked people. He was condemned because of the silence of good people. Silence always helps the oppressor, never the victim. Let us pray that we may never be silent about abortion, but rather will clearly speak up to save babies from death. The Blessed Virgin Mary was taken body and soul into heaven because she is the Mother of God. Mother and child are united. The Assumption reminds us that they belong together. We pray that society will see that it cannot love women while killing their children, and cannot save children without helping their mothers. We pray that people will be touched by the pro-life question, "Why can't we love them both?"
The Finding of Jesus in the Temple Jesus gives us the Eucharist The Crucifixion The Coronation
The boy Jesus was filled with wisdom, because He is God. Let us pray that all people may see the wisdom of His teachings about the dignity of life, and may understand that this teaching is not an opinion, but the truth. "This is My Body, given up for you." The Eucharist teaches us how to live and how to love. Let us pray that parents who sacrifice the babies for the sake of themselves may learn instead to put themselves aside for the sake of their babies. As we ponder the death of Christ, let us remember the many women who have died from so-called "safe, legal" abortions. Let us ask forgiveness and mercy for them. May their memory save other women from making this tragic mistake. Mary is the Queen of the Universe. The Church teaches that she is the greatest creature, second only to God Himself. The Church defends the dignity of women. We pray that people will understand that to be pro-life means to be pro-woman, and that to be pro-woman demands that we be pro-life.

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The Patristic Rosary Project

The Patristic Rosary Project (Editor's note, this special article comes from Father John Zuhlsdorf, on his Blog "What Does the Prayer Really Say?")
You can see the oringinal article here at The Patristic Rosary Project

In October 2006 I decided to look at the Most Holy Rosary of the Blessed Virgin Mary in a slightly different way. I searched out some passages from the Fathers of the Church which had something to do with the different mysteries of the Rosary. Here are some links to the 20 different entries I came up with.

Joyful Mysteries

Luminous Mysteries

Sorrowful Mysteries

Glorious Mysteries

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Rwandan Woman Survives, and Then Forgives – Through The Rosary

Rosary of the Seven Sorrows of Mary

This is the Rosary of the Seven Sorrows of Mary first introduced in the 13th century and reintroduced during the Marian Apparitions in Kibeho, Rwanda during the 1980's. It is not meant to replace the traditional rosary but to be prayed in addition.
The Seven Sorrows include:
1. Presentation of Jesus at the Temple
2. Flight into Egypt
3. Finding of Jesus in the Temple
4. Jesus carrying the cross
5. Jesus Crucified
6. Jesus' body taken from the Cross
7. Jesus buried in the tomb

Rosary of the Seven Sorrows of Mary - Part 1


**The narrator is Immaculee Ilibagiza, a woman who was in Rwanda during the Marian Apparitions at Kibeho and during the genocide. To learn more about her incredible story, visit www.immaculee.com**

Rosary of the Seven Sorrows of Mary - Part 2


Rosary of the Seven Sorrows of Mary - Part 3


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Origins of the Rosary

Fr. William Saunders
The rosary is one of the most cherished prayers of our Catholic Church. Archbishop Fulton Sheen said, “The rosary is the book of the blind, where souls see and there enact the greatest drama of love the world has ever known; it is the book of the simple, which initiates them into mysteries and knowledge more satisfying than the education of other men; it is the book of the aged, whose eyes close upon the shadow of this world, and open on the substance of the next. The power of the rosary is beyond description.”
Introduced by… Read More

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Why the World Needs the Rosary

The great Marian prayer for peace is so relevant in the current culture.
by JOSEPH PRONECHEN 10/13/2012
Before Cardinal Karol Wojtyla was our Pope, at the Eucharistic Congress in Philadelphia on Aug. 13, 1976, he declared: "We are now standing in the face of the greatest historical confrontation humanity has gone through. … We are now facing the final confrontation between the Church and the anti-Church, of the Gospel and the anti-Gospel."
That is still true today.
Then, as Pope John Paul II at Fatima on May 13, 1982 — a year to the day after the attempt on his... Read More

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Relevant Excerpts from the Catechism of the Catholic Church

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Medieval piety in the West developed the prayer of the rosary as a popular substitute for the Liturgy of the Hours. In the East, the litany called the Akathistos and the Paraclesis remained closer to the choral office in the Byzantine churches, while the Armenian, Coptic, and Syriac traditions preferred popular hymns and songs to the Mother of God. But in the Ave Maria, the theotokia, the hymns of St. Ephrem or St. Gregory of Narek, the tradition of prayer is basically the same.

2708

Meditation engages thought, imagination, emotion, and desire. This mobilization of faculties is necessary in order to deepen our convictions of faith, prompt the conversion of our heart, and strengthen our will to follow Christ. Christian prayer tries above all to meditate on the mysteries of Christ, as in lectio divina or the rosary. This form of prayerful reflection is of great value, but Christian prayer should go further: to the knowledge of the love of the Lord Jesus, to union with him.

1674

Besides sacramental liturgy and sacramentals, catechesis must take into account the forms of piety and popular devotions among the faithful. The religious sense of the Christian people has always found expression in various forms of piety surrounding the Church's sacramental life, such as the veneration of relics, visits to sanctuaries, pilgrimages, processions, the stations of the cross, religious dances, the rosary, medals, etc.

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"All generations will call me blessed": "The Church's devotion to the Blessed Virgin is intrinsic to Christian worship." The Church rightly honors "the Blessed Virgin with special devotion. From the most ancient times the Blessed Virgin has been honored with the title of 'Mother of God,' to whose protection the faithful fly in all their dangers and needs. . . . This very special devotion . . . differs essentially from the adoration which is given to the incarnate Word and equally to the Father and the Holy Spirit, and greatly fosters this adoration." The liturgical feasts dedicated to the Mother of God and Marian prayer, such as the rosary, an "epitome of the whole Gospel," express this devotion to the Virgin Mary.

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Forgot My Rosary

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You Know You've Done This

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