Let’s go forward!
Please Pray ever Rosary to include the intention: For the Purification of the Church, and have Masses said for this expressed intention.
Second Annual Rosary to the Interior: For the Purification of the Church, Feb 2, 2019.
New Article (posted June 4, 2018): The First Sorrowful Mystery: The Agony in the Garden.
Please see the Menu on the left for previous articles in this series, which will eventually encompass all 15 Mysteries of the Traditional Rosary.
The Proposal for this event now its own page. It is the key to understanding the nature of this effort.
Joseph Pronechen, in his article for the National Catholic Register, described the Rosary to the Interior: For the Purification of the Church as a grassroots “stellar movement” stemming from the hearts of the faithful. In the journey towards the Second Annual occurrence of this event on February 2, 2019, we pray that Our Lady will be the Star of the Sea that guides us. It would seem singularly significant that just as this first “Rosary to the Interior” coincided with a First Friday, so the second will occur on a First Saturday – the day most reflective of the Triumph of Mary’s Immaculate Heart.
In the intervening months, we ask all those who are truly concerned about the Purification of the Church to frequently offer their rosaries for this intention, whether individually or in groups. We pray that the words “For the Purification of the Church” will be an intention which becomes habitual for all Catholics in the performance of their daily duties and the offering up of their sufferings. We also encourage people to have Masses said for this intention (make sure the word “purification” is used, and that such words as “strengthening” or “sanctification” are not substituted – these are not the same). Would it not be a marvelous thing if over the next twelve months tens of thousands of Masses were said for this intention! What other intention is more important for the survival of the faith of millions (and especially the faith of our children), the protection of our families, the defense of all human life, and the conversion of the world?
We have also established a new page titled “Articles” which will be an ongoing attempt to penetrate into each of the 15 Mysteries of the Rosary in order to not only more deeply understand the Truths revealed in the Life of Our Lord and Our Lady, but also the Way in which each of these mysteries are a Light radiating from Christ for the purification of our own individual souls and the entire Church. The Introduction to this series, titled The Beatific Vision and The Mysteries of the Rosary, is now posted; as also are the first three articles on the Joyful Mysteries.
We continue to encourage your Comments in order to provide a source of encouragement for others during the coming months.
Masses, and Your Pastor
We believe that, along with the constant and committed rosaries and other personal prayers which we hope will be offered to Our Lady For the Purification of the Church over the next twelve months (and we ask that this intention be added to every rosary), the further success of this effort will depend on many thousands of people having Masses offered for this specific intention: “For the Purification of the Church”. This is not a “private intention”, but one which should be specifically expressed by the priest.
A strange thing we encountered in promotion of this effort is that there are persons, both clergy and laity, who are very disturbed by the word “purification”. They wanted to change it to something like “sanctification”, “holiness”, or even “strengthening”. These are not the same. The Vatican II document Lumen Gentium (The Dogmatic Constitution on the Church) states: “The Church, however, clasping sinners to her bosom, at once holy and always in need of purification, follows constantly the path of penance and renewal.” Purification is as necessary to the Church as air is to our breathing.
The concept of a Rosary to the Interior: For the Purification of the Church unquestionably evoked a strong response from the faithful. In less than four weeks before the Feast of the Purification and Presentation, we received over 19,000 visits on our website, and this does not at all take into account the extent to which people shared this with others through personal contacts, facebooking, tweeting, and emailing. There were indeed many gatherings of people to implement this event, some of these having been implemented by parish priests. And we even know of at least three Cathedral Churches in which this was promoted. But, unquestionably, the task that lies before us in the future is to make this event known, cherished, and implemented by the clergy in order that they might promote it as a parish-wide event.
In his efforts towards the sanctification of his people, one would expect that the mind and heart of any good shepherd should leap at the chance to implement the Rosary to the Interior: For the Purification of the Church in his parish. We therefore also strongly recommend that persons take the right opportunity to explain this effort to their parish priests, and refer them to the Proposal which now its own page on this website. We then hope and pray that those priests who become convinced of the inestimable value of this effort will communicate their enthusiasm to their brother priests, and to their bishops.