Friday, October 27, 2006

Company and a Rosary for Priests

We've had a relative visiting for the past few days. She comes for a few days or a week every month or two and we enjoy her company. She's blind and has been working, one or two classes at a time, on getting her high school diploma through a correspondence school for the blind. Usually when she comes over, she has a school thing she needs help with and we enjoy the challenge of explaining something to her without benefit of illustration on paper (this is especially tricky with Math). The kids usually get caught up in whatever the "lesson" is and it turns out to be a great teaching moment. With Math, we learned that the kids' Montessori-type manipulatives are great for explaining Math concepts to her.

Anyway, this visit, it wasn't a school problem, but a, um, prayer challenge. Someone had given her a set of intentions for priests to pray with each mystery of the Rosary. It was a little on the old side, too long for her to work on memorizing, and didn't include the Luminous Mysteries. So, together, we rewrote it and added appropriate intentions for the Luminous Mysteries. I thought I'd share that here in case anyone is interested (I thought it was a neat concept)...

The Joyful Mysteries

The Annunciation

For future priests, especially those in the womb.

The Visitation

For priests who help the sick and the dying.

The Birth of Our Lord

The priests may promote a culture of Life.

The Presentation in the Temple

For older priests and priests who are suffering.

The Finding of the Child Jesus in the Temple

For young priests and priests who teach the faith to children.

The Luminous Mysteries

Baptism of Our Lord

For young men who are called to the priesthood that they accept their vocation.

Wedding Feast at Cana

That families will foster religious vocations.

Proclamation of the Kingdom

That priests truly represent Christ on Earth.


That priests help bring us closer to God.

Institution of the Eucharist

That priests have a great devotion to the Blessed Sacrament

The Sorrowful Mysteries

The Agony in the Garden

For priests who are suffering or who are fallen away from the Church.

The Scourging at the Pillar

For priests who are oppressed or persecuted.

The Crowning with Thorns

For priests and bishops to stay true to the Church.

The Carrying of the Cross

For the Holy Father

The Crucifixion

That priests take Mary into their hearts like St. John did.

The Glorious Mysteries

The Resurrection

For hope for priests who are discouraged.

The Ascension

For missionary priests.

The Descent of the Holy Spirit upon the Apostles and Mary

That we may have priests who are enthusiastic and on fire with the Holy Spirit.

The Assumption

That priests may spread a devotion to Mary.

The Crowning of Our Lady as Queen of Heaven and Earth

For priests to be faithful and joyful with Mary as their guide.


Suzanne Temple said...

This is lovely. I do something similar with each decade dedicated to mothers, but wouldn't it be nice of me to pray for someone else's vocation for a change?? Especially this Sunday! Thanks.

Ray from MN said...

What a wonderful idea! Id like to post it (linking to you) and also pass it on to Father William Baer, the Rector of the St Paul College Vianney Seminary in St Paul. If you have no objections.

This deserves to be given to others.

Stella Borealis

Love2Learn Mom said...

I certainly have no objections, though I think I may have confused you on some of the details. It wasn't related to her school studies in a formal way - I don't think there is in existence (though there ought to be) a Catholic correspondence school for the blind. Someone at a Catholic conference she attended had given her a photocopied sheet with a much more complex version of these intentions, which was, of course, made it necessary to convert it into a more usable format.