World Mission Rosary Intentions: January 18 – 31, 2010

“When the World Mission Rosary is completed, one has embraced all continents, all people in prayer.”

Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen

Instructions for Praying World Mission Rosary

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General Rosary Intention: That the Lord in His Divine Mercy – through the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary – may build up His Kingdom, make these mysteries a reality in our lives, strengthen us in our common mission, and come to the aid of those for whom we pray.

Africa (Green Beads)

Intention – That the Lord Jesus through the intercession of St. Barbara, the Patron Saint of Artillery, may come to the aid of those affected by violence in Sudan.  May the Lord help all those affected by man-made and natural disasters in Africa.

Disaster (Violence) Map of Sudan in Africa Extract from “SUDAN: Attack leaves 140 dead as agencies issue “wake-up call” to international community:   7 January 2010 (IRIN) – Violence in S. Sudan continues to escalate, with the latest incident claiming 140 lives, even as 10 aid agencies called for urgent international intervention to prevent a return to war between the north and south. See Special VideoSeries: Sudan, a Country in Crisis.

Saint Barbara  (Patron Saint of Artillery)(Feast Date December 4) Extract from Saint Barbara: “A beautiful maiden imprisoned in a high tower by her father Dioscorus for disobedience. While there, she was tutored by philosophers, orators and poets. From them she learned to think, and decided that polytheism was nonsense. With the help of Origen and Valentinian, she converted to Christianity. . . Her association with things military and with death that falls from the sky led to her patronage of all things related to artillery, and her image graced powder magazines and arsenals for years. One of the Fourteen Holy Helpers.”See pictures of Saint Barbara, Prayers to St. Barbara.

Oceania (Blue Beads)

Intention – That the Lord Jesus through the intercession of St. Gregory Thaumaturgus, the Patron Saint of Floods, may come to the aid of those affected by the Tsunami in the Solomon Islands.  May the Lord help all those affected by man-made and natural disasters in Oceania.

Disaster (Tsunami) Map of Solomon Islands in Oceania Extract from  Tsunami leaves 1,000 homeless “Landslides and a tsunami left about a third of the people on a Solomon island homeless, but lives were saved as residents with memories of previous disasters fled quickly to higher ground, officials said.  More than 1,000 people have been affected after some 200 houses were destroyed.” See also:  Destructive tsunami crashes over Solomon Islands and slide show:  Earthquake sparks landslides, tsunami on Solomon Island

Saint Gregory Thaumaturgus – Wonder Worker (Patron Saint of Floods) (Feast Date: November 17): Profile Extract from Saint Thaumaturgus Bishop of Caesarea, a diocese with only 17 Christians. Tradition says there were only 17 pagans left at the time of his death. Instituted the celebration of martyrs, teachings about the saints, and celebration of saint feast days. Named the Wonder Worker. St. Gregory of Nyssa writes that he was the first person known to receive a vision of the Theotokus. The Virgin and Saint John the Baptist appeared to him in a vision, and gave him what became a statement of doctrine on the Trinity. He had the power of healing by laying on of his hands. Often the healing was so powerful that the patient was cured of his illness, and became a fervent convert on the spot. See picture of Saint Thaumaturgus.

Europe (White Beads)

Intention – That the Lord Jesus through the intercession of Our Lady of Altotting, the Patron Saint of Germany, may come to the aid of those affected by the big freeze in Germany and elsewhere.  May the Lord help all those affected by man-made and natural disasters in Europe.

Disaster (Big Freeze) Map of Germany in Europe Extract from Europe counts bitter cost of big freeze: “Much of Europe began to return to normal yesterday after days of the most severe winter weather in decades. The Big Freeze has taken a lengthy casualty toll since it gripped Europe before Christmas. At least 180 people have died after incidents thought to have been related to the weather. . . . ”

Saint Mary, Our Lady of Altotting (Patron Saint of Germany) Extract from Our Lady of Altotting::”The Shrine of Our Lady of Altötting became very popular towards the end of the fifteenth century, actually 1489, as a result of a major miracle.  A little child, about three years old, had gotten too close to the edge of the river, and had fallen in.  Not being able to swim, he drowned.  When his mother found the child, she lost control of her senses for a moment, and then heard an inner voice telling her to rush the dead body of the child to the Holy Chapel of Our Lady.  She ran for all she was worth to the Chapel and laid the body of her child on the Altar of Our Lady.  People who were in the church at the time joined the mother in praying for a miracle, which would bring the child back to life.  All said they felt an awesome presence coming from the image of Our Lady just prior to the miracle taking place. After praying and wailing for what seemed to be a long time, the mother felt life coming back into her child”  See picture of Our Lady of Altotting. and video:  Our Lady of Altotting.

America (Red Beads)

Intention – That the Lord Jesus through the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Our Lady of Perpetual Help,  the Patron Saint of Haiti, may come to the aid of those affected by the earthquake in that country. May the Lord help all those affected by man-made and natural disasters in America.

Disaster (Earthquake) Map of Haiti in North America Extract from Haiti earthquake:Thousands feared dead::  “Haitian President Rene Preval has said thousands of people are feared dead following a huge quake which has devastated the country’s capital. Mr Preval said the UN mission chief in Haiti was among the dead, but the UN cannot confirm this. It said 14 other UN staff had died and 56 were injured.  The 7.0-magnitude quake, Haiti’s worst in two centuries, struck on Tuesday.Prime Minister Jean-Max Bellerive told US network CNN he believed more than 100,000 people had died.The Red Cross says up to three million people are affected.The capital’s Catholic archbishop, Monsignor Joseph Serge Miot, is also among those killed.. . . “See Photos: Earthquake hits Haiti and videos: Children not spared Haiti’s pain, Haiti earthquake survivors plead for aid.

Saint Mary, Our Lady of Perpetual Help (Patron Saint of Haiti) Extract from Our Lady of Perpetual Succor [OLO Perpetual Help] (Feast Date: June 27.) Learning that the devotion to Our Lady under this title had spread far and wide, Pius IX raised a confraternity of Our Lady of Perpetual Succour and St. Alphonsus, which had been erected in Rome, to the rank of an arch-confraternity and enriched it with many privileges and indulgences. See picture of Our Lady of Perpetual Help. See also: June 27 – Saint Mary, Our Lady of Perpetual Help: Patron Saint of Haiti.

Asia (Yellow Beads)

Intention – That the Lord Jesus through the intercession of St.Thomas the Apostle, the Patron Saint of Pakistan, may come to the aid of those affected by landslides in that country. May the Lord help all those affected by man-made and natural disasters in Asia. 

Disaster (Landslide) Map of Pakistan in Asia. Extract from PAKISTAN: Landslide in northwest kills 20, displaces 1,500:  “‘It was a terrifying thing to see. The houses slid down and took many people with them,” Ameer Mehdi, a local resident, told IRIN. “I pulled my children out of our house and my family fled up the crumbling hillside to escape’ . . . Villagers say a number of bodies remain in the debris or have not yet been recovered from the river. See also:  Dave’sLandslide Blog.

Saint Thomas the Apostle (Patron Saint of Pakistan) Extract from Thomas the Apostle(Memorial:  July 3). Apostle. He was ready to die with Jesus when Christ went to Jerusalem, but is best remembered for doubting the Resurrection until allowed to touch Christ’s wounds. Preached in Parthia, Persia and India, though he was so reluctant to start the mission that he had to be taken into slavery by a merchant headed that way. He eventually gave in to God’s will, was freed, and planted the new Church over a wide area. . . .  An old tradition says that Thomas baptised the wise men from the Nativity into Christianity. See also: July 3- Saint Thomas the Apostle: Patron Saint of Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Construction Workers and People in Doubt.

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