Q: What is the Mission Rosary?
A: The Mission Rosary links two major
concerns of our church: prayer and apostolate. The rosary is a traditional form of prayer
which combines remembrance, praise and petition. It remembers the events of Salvation
History and is, in fact, the memorial of Christs mission. The Hail Mary as
essential part of the Rosary combines praise and intercession. It praises God for the
wonderful things he has done for Mary and through her. But its second half also reminds us
that we are in need of Gods help and protection, which we seek with Mary as intercessor.
If the rosary already by itself points to apostolate and mission, this idea has been
reinforced by Marys urging to convert and evangelize expressed in numerous
apparitions. The missionaries of the Society of the Divine Word consider themselves
mandated to bring this message to the whole world, especially in view of promoting peace.
One of the tools they use is the mission rosary. It encourages prayers for their
mission. The colored beads symbolize the missionary efforts of the Society of the Divine
Word (SVD) in each of the five continents. The beads of each decade of the rosary then has a distinct color:
Red for the Americas (North,
Central, and South)
Green for Africa
White for Europe
Blue for Oceania
Yellow for Asia
The missionary rosary follows the normal pattern of Creed, Our Father, three Hail
Marys, Glory and the five decades (each for the Joyful, Sorrowful and Glorious Mysteries).
For each of these decades the ten Hail Marys are preceded by the Our Father and conclude
with the Glory.
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