Christmas Novenas of Masses
Give a spiritual gift and enroll yourself and/or loved ones in the Three Novenas of Masses offered during the Christmas Season by the Vincentian Fathers for Our Lady of Angels Association. You and those you enroll will be included in the 3 Christmas Novenas of Masses celebrated during the Christmas Season. (Christmas Day, Feast of Mary – Mother of God and Feast of Epiphany).
The offering you make will be used to assist our Vincentian priests and brothers who are working with the poor.
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Mass Enrollment Cards
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Weekly Message From the Director
Dear Friend of Our Lady of Angels,
I continue sharing with you passages taken from the Apostolic Letter, “The Rosary of the Virgin Mary,” issued by Pope (St.) John Paul II on October 16, 2002.
The Rosary, precisely because it starts with Mary’s own experience, is an exquisitely contemplative prayer. Without this contemplative dimension, it would lose its meaning, as Pope Paul VI clearly pointed out: “Without contemplation, the Rosary is a body without a soul, and its recitation runs the risk of becoming a mechanical repetition of formulas, in violation of the admonition of Christ: ‘In praying do not heap up empty phrases as the Gentiles do; for they think they will be heard for their many words’” (Mt. 6:7).
By its nature the recitation of the Rosary calls for a quiet rhythm and a lingering pace, helping the individual to meditate on the mysteries of the Lord’s life as seen through the eyes of her who was closest to the Lord. In this way the unfathomable riches of these mysteries are disclosed.” It is worth pausing to consider this profound insight of Paul VI, in order to bring out certain aspects of the Rosary which show that it is really a form of Christocentric contemplation.
Mary’s contemplation is above all a remembering. We need to understand this word in the biblical sense of remembering as a making present of the works brought about by God in the history of salvation. The Bible is an account of saving events culminating in Christ himself. These events not only belong to “yesterday” but they are also part of the “today” of salvation. This making present comes about above all in the Liturgy: what God accomplished centuries ago did not only affect the direct witnesses of those events; it continues to affect people in every age with its gift of grace.
Consequently, while it must be reaffirmed with the Second Vatican Council that the Liturgy, as the exercise of the priestly office of Christ and an act of public worship, is “the summit to which the activity of the Church is directed and the font from which all its power flows,” it is also necessary to recall that the spiritual life “is not limited solely to participation in the liturgy.” Christians, while they are called to prayer in common, must also go to their own rooms to pray to their Father in secret (Mt. 6:6).
The Rosary, in its own particular way, is part of this varied panorama of “ceaseless” prayer. If the Liturgy, as the activity of Christ and the Church, is a saving action par excellence, the Rosary too, as a “meditation” with Mary on Christ, is a salutary contemplation.
(These passages are taken from paragraphs #12 and 13.)
Devotedly in Our Lady of Angels,
Rev. William J. O’Brien, C.M.