"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. (From the Catechism of the Catholic Church)
Mother of Sorrows
The Rosary of the Seven Sorrows dates back to the Middle Ages, but it gained new popularity following the Marian apparitions in Kibeho, which have been approved by the Catholic Church. During Mary's apparitions to Marie-Claire Mukangango, she assigned the young visionary a mission to reintroduce this special rosary to the world. Before her untimely death, Marie Claire did just that, traveling widely to teach it to thousands of people, who then taught it to thousands of others. (Marie-Claire was killed in the genocide of over a million people in Rwanda, a tragedy that was foretold through visions of rivers of blood that the young people in Kibeho received several years before the killings.)
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Mysteries of the Rosary
On Monday and Saturday, meditate on the “Joyful Mysteries”
First Decade (Steps 9-22): The Annunciation of Gabriel to Mary (Luke 1:26-38) Second Decade (Steps 23-36): The Visitation of Mary to Elizabeth (Luke 1:39-56) Third Decade (Steps 37-50): The Birth of Our Lord (Luke 2:1-21) Fourth Decade (Steps 51-64): The Presentation of Our Lord (Luke 2:22-38) Fifth Decade (Steps 65-78): The Finding of Our Lord in the Temple (Luke 2:41-52)