World Mission Rosary Intentions – May 10 – 23, 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. Matthew the Apostle, the Patron Saint of Security Guards, may come to the aid of those affected by the recent bombings in Somalia.  May the Lord help all those affected by man-made and natural disasters in Africa.

Disaster (Bombing) Map of Somalia. Extract from Somalia mosque explosion kills at least 35:  Mogadishu, Somalia (CNN) — Twin explosions at a mosque in Somalia’s capital on Saturday killed at least 35 people and wounded many more. . . . A local journalist said two explosions detonated on the lower floor of the two-story Abdala Shideye Mosque when people assembled for midday prayers. Survivors told him that two high-ranking Al-Shabaab officials died and another was seriously wounded. The journalist said everybody in and outside the lower floor was either killed or injured. See video:  Somali Blasts Kill ‘At Least 30’.

Saint Matthew the Apostle (Patron Saint of Security Guards) (Feast Date:  September 21) Extract from St. Matthew the Apostle:Matthew the Apostle and Evangelist, also called Levi, was sitting at his tax-collector’s desk in Capernaum when he was called by Christ. He followed Him at once, and also gave a feast for Him and the other disciples. After the resurrection of Christ, while Matthew was still in Judea before going to the district which it had fallen to his lot to evangelize, he wrote the Gospel of Jesus Christ in Hebrew for the sake of the Jews who had become believers. Then he went to Ethiopia and preached the Gospel, confirming his teaching with many miracles.  By one of his greatest miracles, that of bringing back to life the king’s daughter, he converted the king and his wife together with the whole country to the faith of Christ. . . . ” See picture of Saint Matthew, videos: St. Matthew the ApostleSaint Matthew the Evangelist, Apostle (September 21), and Prayers to St. Matthew.

Oceania (Blue Beads)

Intention – That the Lord Jesus through the intercession of St. Emygdius, the Patron Saint of Earthquakes, may come to the aid of those affected by the repeated earthquakes in Indonesia.  May the Lord help all those affected by man-made and natural disasters in Oceania.

Disaster (Earthquake) Map of Indonesia. May 09 – Hundreds evacuate shopping malls and homes after a 7.4 magnitude earthquake strikes Sumatra, Indonesia. See Video – Earthquake in Mulabo

Saint Emygdius (Patron Saint of Earthquake) (Memorial:  August 5) Extract from Saint Emygdius: “His legend states that he was a pagan of Trier who became a Christian. He also converted many to Christianity. He was made a bishop by Pope Marcellus I (or Pope Marcellinus), and sent to Ascoli Piceno. On his way to Ascoli, Emydgius made more conversions, and performed a miracle where he made water gush out of a mountain after striking a cliff. See also: August 5 – Saint Emygdius: Patron Saint against Earthquakes.

Europe (White Beads)

Intention – That the Lord Jesus through the intercession of St. Genevieve,  the Patron Saint of Disasters, may come to the aid of those affected by the mine blast in Russia. May the Lord help all those affected by man-made and natural disasters in Europe.

Disaster (Mine Blast)Map of European Russia Twelve die and at least 80 trapped after mine explosion in Russia. See video Mine Blast in Russia

Saint (Genevieve) (Patron Saint of Disasters) (Feastday:  January 3) Extract from Saint Genevieve:”Genevieve, like so many others who wished to practice religious virtue, remained at home, leading an innocent, prayerful life. It is uncertain when she formally received the religious veil. …. She devoted herself to works of charity and practiced severe corporal austerities, abstaining completely from flesh meat and breaking her fast only twice in the week. . . . Like Blessed Joan of Arc, in later times, she had frequent communion with the other world, but her visions and prophecies were treated as frauds and deceits. Her enemies conspired to drown her; but, through the intervention of Germain of Auxerre, their animosity was finally overcome. The bishop of the city appointed her to look after the welfare of the virgins dedicated to God, and by her instruction and example she led them to a high degree of sanctity.” See picture of Saint Genevieve, Prayer to St. Genevieve, Prayers to St. Genevieve and video: Saint Genevieve (January 3).

America (Red Beads)

Intention – That the Lord Jesus through the intercession of Saint Vitus, the Patron Saint of Storms, may come to the aid of those affected by Tornadoes in Mississippi.  May the Lord help all those affected by man-made and natural disasters in America.

Disaster (Tornadoes)Map of Mississippi.  Extract from:  Mississippi Tornado leaves at least 10 dead:“(CNN) — A tornado almost a mile wide tore through Mississippi on Saturday, killing at least 10 people and causing significant injuries and damage as it raked cities from the central western border with Louisiana northeastward to Alabama.  Some residents were trapped in badly damaged homes, he said. “They’re working to get to the people and rescue as many as they can,” said Dan Turner, a spokesman for the governor, reporting “significant injuries” in at least three counties. Residents from the region shared tales of tragedy and survival on Saturday evening. . . .Dale Thrasher was inside Yazoo City’s Hillcrest Baptist Church when it was flattened by the tornado. ‘I went in the sanctuary and got under the pulpit table and the whole building fell around me,’ he said.  His injuries: ‘three little scratches.’  . . . Rob and Ashley Saxton were driving to a Yazoo City restaurant owned by Rob’s father — planning to take shelter in the restaurant’s walk-in freezer ahead of the tornado — when the twister blew out the car’s windows at a red light. The car was tossed across the intersection, then picked up again and flung into the restaurant. . . .In all, 12 counties were reporting injuries, with some of the injured airlifted to a Level 1 trauma center at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson, said Jeff Rent, a MEMA spokesman. The hospital has 27 patients with injuries sustained in the tornado, including eight adults in critical condition and six children in serious condition, according to spokesman Jim Albritton. . . .”  See also:  10 kills as tornado tears through Mississippiand videos:Tornado survivors tell their storiesEmergency Official: 10 Killed by Miss. Tornado, Mississippi Tornado Survivors Recount Tales of Horror, and
Dozens hurt by Mississippi storm.

Saint Vitus (Patron Saint against Storms) (Feast Date: June 15) Extract from Saint Vitus: “Legend says that Vitus was the son of a pagan Sicilian senator named Hylas. The boy was converted to Christianity at age twelve by his tutor, Saint Modestus, and his nurse Saint Crescentia. His father showed his objection to the conversion by having all three arrested and scourged.  Freed from prison by angels, they fled to Lucania, then Rome. There Vitus freed the son of Emperor Diocletian from an evil spirit. When Vitus would not sacrifice to the pagan gods in celebration, his cure was attributed to sorcery, and he and his household were arrested again. Tortured, and condemned to death, they were thrown to the lions; the lions would not touch them, so they were thrown into boiling oil. At the moment of their deaths, a immense storm destroyed several pagan temples in the region, which led to the tradition of protection against stormy weather. . . . “See picture of Saint Vitus and  Prayer to St. Vitus.

Asia (Yellow Beads)

Intention – That the Lord Jesus through the intercession of Margaret Mary Alacoque,  the Patron Saint against Polio, may come to the aid of those affected by polio in Tajikistan and elsewhere. May the Lord help all those affected by man-made and natural disasters in Asia.

Disaster (Polio Outbreak)Map of Tajikistan Extract from Polio in Tajikistan-Update: “171 cases of acute flaccid paralysis (AFP) have been reported by the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Tajikistan from January to present. 32 of these cases are confirmed wild poliovirus type 1, results are pending for the remaining cases. The majority of these cases have an onset of paralysis within the past 3 weeks. There have been 12 deaths. Of the 32 confirmed wild poliovirus cases, 17 are under the age of two years, 14 are between the ages of two and five years, and one is between the ages of six and 15 years. Sixty-six percent are male. To date, 15 of the confirmed polio cases had paralysis onset during March and 17 have had paralysis onset during April. Information on vaccination history is available for 21 of the 32 confirmed cases. . . .In response to the outbreak, the government of Tajikistan confirmed they are planning three supplementary rounds of immunization targeting every child <5 years (approx. 1.1 million children). Monovalent oral poliovirus type 1 vaccine will be used to quickly build immunity levels among children in the country.” See also: Health Ministry Advisory: Polio Outbreak in Tajikistan. and Polio in Tajikistan, first importation since Europe certified polio-free.

Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque (Patron Saint of Polio Victims) (Feast Date:  October 16) Extract from Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque:  “From the time she was twenty, she experienced visions of Christ, and on December 27, 1673, she began a series of revelations that were to continue over the next year and a half. In them Christ informed her that she was His chosen instrument to spread devotion to His Sacred Heart, instructed her in a devotion that was to become known as the Nine Fridays and the Holy Hour, and asked that the feast of the Sacred Heart be established. Rebuffed by her superior, Mother de Saumaise, in her efforts to follow the instruction she had received in the visions, she eventually won her over but was unable to convince a group of theologians of the validity of her apparitions, nor was she any more successful with many of the members of her community. She received the support of Blessed Claude La Colombiere, the community’s confessor for a time, who declared that the visions were genuine”  See picture of Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque. Videos: Saint Margaret Mary AlacoqueSaint Margaret Mary Alacoque. Prayers: Prayer to St. Margaret Mary Alacoque, Prayer to God the Father #3 – Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque.

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