World Mission Rosary Intentions: April 26 – May 09, 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. Thérèse of Lisieux, the Patron Saint of Flower Growers, may come to the aid of those laid off in Kenya and elsewhere in the wake of the volcanic eruption in Iceland. May the Lord help all those affected by man-made and natural disasters in Africa.

Disaster (Lay-offs from Iceland volcano)Map of Kenya. Extract fromIceland volcano: Kenya’s farmers losing $1.3m a day in flights chaos: Farmers in Kenya are dumping tons of vegetables and flowers destined for the UK, four days after the volcanic ash cloud over Europe grounded cargo shipments from Africa. Kenyan farms have laid off 5,000 staff, and growers have warned thousands more workers could be told to stay at home if flights did not resume by Tuesday, which would deal a serious blow to the country’s economy “ See also:  Volcanic flight ban hits Kenya farm workers, and video:Iceland Volcano Eruption continues.

Saint Thérèse of Lisieux (Patron Saint of Flower Growers) (Feast Date: October 1) Extract from Thérèse–Ordinary Girl Extraordinary Soul: “At the age of 14 she undergoes a mysterious conversion and falls deeply in love with God. Then – not old enough for the convent — she goes all the way to the Vatican, where she boldly steps forth at a papal audience to beg for permission to become a Carmelite nun. In the monastery, Therese, a teenage girl, gains insights that breathe fresh air into the Catholic Church and transforms the world. Challenged by the austere, cloistered life, this pampered child discovers a simple way of loving God. . . . ”  See also:  St. Thérèse of Lisieux, picture of Thérèse of the Child Jesus, Doctor, video: SAINTS SPEAK: St.Thérèse of Lisieux (Holy Repentance)and Prayers to and by St. Therese of Liseux.

Oceania (Blue Beads)

Intention – That the Lord Jesus through the intercession of  St. Sebastian, the Patron Saint of Contagious Diseases, may come to the aid of those affected by cholera in Papua New Guinea. May the Lord help all those affected by man-made and natural disasters in Oceania.

Disaster (Cholera Epidemic)Map of Papua New Guinea ; Cholera kills 60 people  in Papua New Guinea in past 8 months.

Saint Sebastian (Patron Saint of Contagious Diseases) (Feast Date:  January 20). Extract from ST SEBASTIAN, M.—A.D. 283: “St. Sebastian, having sent so many martyrs to heaven before him, was himself impeached before the Emperor Diocletian, who. . . delivered him over to certain archers of Mauritania, to be shot to death. His body was covered with arrows, and he was left for dead. Irene, the widow of St. Castulus, going to bury him, found him still alive, and took him to her lodgings, where, by care, he recovered of his wounds, but refused to flee, and even placed himself one day by a staircase where the emperor was to pass, whom he first accosted, reproaching him for his unjust cruelties against the Christians. This freedom of speech, and from a person, too, whom he supposed to have been dead, greatly astonished the emperor. . . ” See picture of Saint Sebastian and Prayers to St. Sebastian.

Europe (White Beads)

Intention – That the Lord Jesus through the intercession of Our Lady of Czestochowa,  the Patron Saint of Poland, may come to the aid of those affected by the fog-related airplane crash in that country.  May the Lord help all those affected by man-made and natural disasters in Europe.

Disaster (Air Crash)Map of Poland. Extract from Polish pilots on Kaczynski jet ‘saw crash coming’: “Poland’s president and numerous other top figures died in Saturday’s crash.  The bodies of Lech Kaczynski and his wife Maria were the first to be repatriated from Russia.  Poland, which is in national mourning all of this week, received the remains of 35 other victims on Thursday, including those of Ryszard Kaczorowski, the last leader of Poland’s government-in-exile during the period of communist rule. In all, 67 of the 96 victims have been brought back from Russia. . . . Russian investigators, who have been working in conjunction with their Polish counterparts, said soon after the crash that the jet’s pilots had disregarded repeated warnings from Russian air traffic controllers to land at an alternative airport because of heavy fog at Smolensk. . . . Some have suggested the crew were under pressure to land regardless because they were carrying their passengers to a memorial at nearby Katyn, where Stalin’s secret police massacred Polish military officers during World War II. . . .” See also:  Mass held for Polish plane crash victims and see videos:  First on-site video of plane crash that killed Polish president Lech Kaczynski – Peter Lavelle, and Poland in national mourning after plane crash.

Our Lady of Czestochowa (Patron Saint of Poland) (Feast Date:  August 26) See Extract from:  The Black Madonna of Czestochowa Queen of Poland:   “Tradition says the Black Madonna of Czestochowa was painted by Luke right onto the kitchen table of the Holy family, which Jesus had made, with Mary sitting as the model. . . .  One story claims that the wife of the emperor who ordered the painting burnt, hid it away. It was eventually taken to the forest of Belsk in Poland. When Our Lady wasn’t safe there anymore an angel told the Prince of Belsk in a dream to take her to Czestochowa, where the monks of St. Paul of the Desert would guard it.  On Easter Day in 1430, a band of robbers . . . came to steal the rumored treasure of the monastery. Finding only holy objects, they got angry and decided to take those. When they put Our Lady on their horse- drawn cart, the horses refused to move. Somehow the thieves realized that it was Our Mother’s doing and so their anger turned on her. They slashed her face with a saber and threw her on the ground, breaking the icon in half. – That’s how the monks found her the next morning, in the mud on the outskirts of town. A miraculous spring appeared in that place.  The monastery’s artists tried to restore her to her previous unblemished state but could not. She was brought to the King’s court, but even his craftsmen did not succeed in covering her scars. . . . . Finally the men realized that it was the will of the Mother of God to keep those scars as a symbol of her constant compassion for her people, her solidarity with them in all the sufferings they had already endured and the ones that were still to come. “See picture:  The Black Madonna of Czestochowa,. Novena prayer to Our Lady of Czestochowa.  See also:  Shrine of Our Lady of Czestochowa., The National Shrine of Our Lady of Czestochowa, Our Lady of Czestochowa.

America (Red Beads)

Intention – That the Lord Jesus through the intercession of St. Honorius of Amiens, the Patron Saint of Oil Refiners, may come to the aid of those affected by the Oil Rig Explosion in Louisiana, USA.  May the Lord help all those affected by man-made and natural disasters in America.

Disaster (Oil Rig Explosion) Map of Louisiana, USA:  Extract from Search Continues After Oil Rig Blast:  “NEW ORLEANS, La. — An explosion Tuesday night on an oil drilling rig off the coast of southeast Louisiana left at least seven people critically injured and 11 others missing. . .With rescue teams searching the area in the Gulf of Mexico by helicopter and boat, conflicting reports emerged about the status of the missing workers.  . . . Bob Lowry, a spokesman for the University of South Alabama medical center, said that six people who were involved with the oil rig had been brought to the center on Wednesday. ‘One of those has been admitted to the hospital’s regional burn center,’ he said.  The other five had been treated and released ”  See videos:  Oil Rig Blast Off Louisiana Leaves at Least 11 Missing and Search for Continues for Missing Oil Rig Workers.
Saint Honorius of Amiens (Patron Saint of Oil Refiners) (Feast Date: May 16)  Extract from Honoratus of Amiens:  “According to a legend, when it was known in his hometown that he had been proclaimed bishop, his nursemaid, who was baking bread for the family, refused to believe that Honoratus had been elevated to such a position. She remarked that she would believe the news only if the peel she had been using to bake bread put down roots and turned itself into a tree. When the peel was placed into the ground, it was transformed into a blackberry tree that gave flowers and fruit. This miraculous tree was still being shown in the sixteenth century.  See picture of Saint Honorius of Amiens.

Asia (Yellow Beads)

Intention – That the Lord Jesus through the intercession of Our Lady of Sheshan,  the Patron Saint of China, may come to the aid of those affected by the recent earthquake in China.  May the Lord help all those affected by man-made and natural disasters in Asia.

Disaster (Earthquake)Map of China and Map of Qinghai.  Extract from Chinese president visits quake zone:  “Hu Jintao, China’s president, has arrived in his country’s quake-hit Qinghai province to examine relief efforts.  His visit on Sunday comes a day after the Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, sought Beijing’s permission to visit the area, which borders the Tibetan Autonomous Region. . . . Last Wednesday’s earthquake killed close to 1,706 people and left up to 100,000 homeless. . . .   More than 6,000 people have been pulled alive from the rubble of collapsed buildings, Miao said. He added that the number of personnel aiding rescue and recovery operations on the Tibetan Plateau had risen to 15,000. . . . Officials meanwhile have warned of a growing disease threat due to sanitation risks including damage to water supplies that could leave them polluted, although no such outbreaks had yet been reported.”  See also:  Qinghai quake: ‘No time to react’, China’s Hu flies in to quake site, toll tops 1,700,Cold grips china quake survivors, and videos: China earthquake kills hundreds in Qinghai, China earthquake kills hundreds in Quinghai, Woman and Child Pulled from China Rubble, China quake survivors found as death toll nears 2,000.

Our Lady of Sheshan (Patron Saint of China) (Feast Date:  May 24)  Extract from “History of the Shrine to Our Lady of Sheshan “Shanghai (Agenzia Fides) – The Shrine dedicated to Our Lady of Sheshan is located in the district of Song Jiang, near the great metropolis of Shang Hai, and is dedicated to Our Lady Help of Christians of Sheshan. In 1863, the then Superior of the Jesuit community in Shanghai purchased the south side of the mountain of Sheshan, that offers a beautiful panorama of bamboo forest. On this site, a retreat house was built for Jesuit Fathers, with a small chapel next door, and the construction of the Shrine began. On March 1, 1868, the then Bishop of Shanghai, Bishop Adrien Languillat, SJ, consecrated the chapel and blessed the image of Our Lady Help of Christians. . . . During the attack of rebels from the Army of Tai Ping, the Superior of the Jesuit community in Shanghai, Fr. Gu Zhen Sheng, went up to the mountain of Sheshan to pray to the Blessed Virgin, saying: “If the diocese is saved from the attack of the rebels, we will build a basilica in thanksgiving for Our Lady’s special protection.” The Diocese was spared from destruction. In September 1870, Fr. Gu made known his invocation to the Blessed Mother and the promise to build a new church in thanksgiving.”   See picture of Our Lady of She-Shan, Prayer to Our Lady of Sheshan,and video:  The Church in China.

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