SATURDAY, OCTOBER 7, 1961:
HOMAGE OF THE YOUNG GIRLS, IN ECSTASY, TO ST. DOMINIC . . .ON THIS "FEAST DAY OF OUR LADY OF THE HOLY ROSARY"!
This day both the "first Saturday of the month" of the Holy Rosary and the "Feast of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary" was a moment extremely rich in meaning. We point out only one element here: the young visionaries, in ecstasy, cried out in unison: "Viva Santo Domingo que lo (i.e. el "Rosario") ha fundado!" ("Long live St. Dominic who 'founded' the Rosary") as they were reciting the rosary. Will not the "inspired" reaction of these four girls be used later as a powerful counterproof against the current "revisionism" attempting to prove that St. Dominic of Guzman was not really at the main origin of the Rosary? This would belie, it seems, all his preaching to the poor, accompanied and punctuated by the intense recitation of decades of Aves. In 1571, after Lepanto, St. Pius V, a Dominican Pope, would codify the fifteen mysteries as they are still recited today. The 'mysteries', as we have said above, were thus an integral part of the recitation of the Rosary . . . for the first time in a great Marian Apparition!
[Excerpted from 'Garabandal' Book, page 106]
Another manifestation of the supernatural, as the girls must have had a vision of St. Dominic as they prayed the Rosary! Notice that it was in unison that they exclaimed "Viva Santo Domingo" so it must have been the Holy Spirit who enlightened them all together!
Yes, the 'mysteries'! How can we not pray the Rosary without thinking about the 'mystery'? Some say it's hard for them to keep the mystery in their mind. Well, there is a couple of solutions to this problem . . .
1. Before each decade say a little meditation on the 'mystery' to keep your mind on it as you pray the ten Hail Mary's.
2. Another way to do this is between each Hail Mary read a scripture verse regarding the mystery. There are a few Scriptual Rosary Booklets on sale out there.
3. Or what I love to do is add a few words regarding the mystery during the Hail Mary. It goes like this: Let's say the mystery is "The Nativity". You pray the "Our Father", then start a Hail Mary. When you get to "blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus . . ." you add "who was born in Bethlehem". Then continue on with "Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners . . ." You do this with all ten Hail Mary's, saying the same words. This keeps your mind on the mystery, even if you're driving a car or jogging in the park! By the way, this way of praying the Rosary was approved by Pope Paul VI, of happy memory!
God love you and pray for me!