The Rosary is an ancient form of prayer which has been in the Church since the thirteenth century. It is a form of vocal and mental prayer with the words acting as a catalyst meditation on the mysteries. Until recently there were three groups of mysteries group into the Sorrowful, the Joyful and the Glorious. The late Pope John Paul instigated the Mysteries of Light. Each set of mysteries comprises the Sign of the Cross, the Apostles’ Creed, the Our Father, ten recitations of the Hail Mary and concludes with the ‘Glory Be’. During the prayer we meditate on the mysteries as follows:
The Joyful Mysteries
- The Annunciation
- The Visitation
- The Birth of Jesus
- The Presentation of Jesus in the Temple
- The finding of Jesus in the Temple
The Sorrowful Mysteries
- The Agony in the Garden
- The scourging at the pillar
- The Crowning with Thorns
- The Carrying of the Cross
- The Crucifixion
The Glorious Mysteries
- The Resurrection of Our Lord
- The Ascension of Our Lord
- The Descent of the Holy Spirit on the Apostles
- The Assumption of Our Lady in Heaven
- The Coronation of Our Lady as Queen of Heaven
The Mysteries of Light
- The Baptism of Our Lord
- The Wedding Feast at Cana
- The Proclamation of the Kingdom of God
- The Transfiguration
- The Institution of the Eucharist
Prayer to St Bernadette
Bernadette, you have long sought the Lord where he called you to.
You asked, you listened, you trusted.
You were sure the Lord would guide you
You surrendered yourself completely into the hands of God.
Like Mary, you, too, were confident.
Bernadette, inspire in me the same confidence, the same generosity and patience.
Lord, enlighten me on my path
And give me the strength to say ‘yes’
When I hear your call.
Bernadette, you intensely desired the Eucharist
You have done everything to finally receive Communion in the Body of Christ.
You loved and adored the Blessed Sacrament
You united your life living in the offering
That of Christ at the altar.
Like Mary, the woman of the Eucharist
Bernadette, inspire me to hunger for the Eucharist, the food, presence and sacrifice.
Lord you have given us your Son,
The living and eternal bread.
That the Eucharist transforms my life to be a perpetual act of thanksgiving.
Bernadette, you always enjoyed serving others.
On 11 February, the Virgin appeared to you when you went to fetch firewood.
Among sisters, you have learned to treat the sick and the residents of the Hospice.
Later, in Never, you were an excellent nurse,
Offering an attentive and intelligent charity.
Like Mary, who saw the family’s needs in Cana
Bernadette, inspire in us the same generosity and the same faith that you Christ was present in each one.
Lord, you have given us brothers and sisters to love.
That our eyes, our hands and our hearts are open to all those that you put in our way.
Bernadette, your faith has grown in the Church.
The Church, it was your family, your church,
Your religious community.
Bravely, you went to tell the priests to hold a procession and to build a chapel.
Once your mission was accomplished,
You retreated in silence and humility.
Like Mary, in this day of Pentecost and then silence,
Bernadette, inspire in me the same love of the Church:
I trust it will support me in my prayer.
Lord, you give everyone a place in your Church.
Let me answer my vocation with the same simplicity and the same generosity as that of Bernadette.
Act of Consecration
Holy Mary, Mother of God, Virgin Immaculate, you appeared 18 times to Bernadette at the grotto in Lourdes to remind Christians of what the truths in the Gospel require of them. You call them to prayer, penance, the Eucharist and the life of the church. To answer your call more fully, I dedicate myself, through you, to your Son Jesus. Make me willing to accept what he said. By the fervour of my faith, by the conduct of my life in all its aspects, by my devotion to the sick, let me work with you in the comforting of those who suffer and in the reconciliation of people that the church may be one and there be peace in the world. All this I ask, confident that you, Our Lady, will fully answer my prayer. Blessed be the Holy and Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God.
Our Lady of Lourdes, pray for us.
St. Bernadette, pray for us.
Novena Prayer to Our Lady of Lourdes
O Holy Virgin, in the midst of your days of glory, do not forget the sorrows of this earth. Cast a merciful glance upon those who are suffering, struggling against difficulties, with their lips constantly pressed against life's bitter cup.
Have pity on those who love each other and are separated.
Have pity on our rebellious hearts.
Have pity on our weak faith.
Have pity on those we love.
Have pity on those who weep, on those who pray, on those who fear.
Grant peace and hope to all. Amen
Immaculate Mother of God, pray for us.
Mary, ever Blessed Virgin, pray for us.
Our Lady of Lourdes, Queen of Peace, pray for us.
Our Lady of Walsingham, pray for us.
Queen of Men and of Angels, pray for us
St. Bernadette, pray for us.
Traditional Prayer to St. Bernadette
O Saint Bernadette, who, as a meek and pure child, did eighteen times at Lourdes contemplate the beauty of the Immaculate Mother of God and received her messages, and who afterwards wished to hide yourself from the world in the convent of Nevers, and to offer yourself there as a victim for the conversion of sinners, obtain for us the grace of purity, simplicity and mortification that we also may attain to the vision of God and of Mary in heaven. Amen