by Catherine Doherty.
Mary, teach us to pray! For see, you who are our mother and the Mother of God, somewhere along the dark road of the past decades, while we walked between war and uneasy peace, we have forgotten how to pray.
Show us, O Mother of Wisdom, the height, the depth, the width, and the endless breadth that is to be found in the rosary. Indeed, it is your song and your prayer.
We need you, the Gate of Heaven, to teach us how to pray. Bend down to our littleness and say the rosary with us.
In our spiritual childhood, the beads will teach us how to pray with your voice. In our spiritual youth, through you, they will reveal to us how to plunge our minds into the blessed mystery spelled out by each decade.
And in our spiritual maturity, show us your secret ways to the prayer of silence, of contemplation.
Your psalter, the rosary, is a school of prayer and you are the perfect mistress of it.
The world is at war, and we live in insecurity and fear. We bear the almost unendurable heat of a marketplace from which your Son has been almost completely shut out. We truly need to learn how to pray.
Only through prayer can we begin to truly know him whom we must love and serve. Without prayer, we will perish.
Only through prayer can we be before his face and get the strength to then do, or to live before him, witnessing, if need be, unto death, to his divinity and to our Christianity.
This century needs Christians who are Christians in faith and in deed. On such depends the fate of the world.
You who are the gate to Christ, the way to the Father, our ultimate goal, you Mary, Mother of Christ, teach us to pray your rosary as it should be prayed.
For these ordinary beads strung on threads, hold within themselves all the mysteries of our holy faith and all the main ways of prayer.
Mary, Queen of the Rosary, open to us its holy secrets. Let it be our door to the heart of your Son, his Father, and the Holy Spirit.
— From Bogoroditza, pp. 36-37, available from MH Publications.
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