Recitation of the Rosary for Priests and Vocations
Serra Club of the Monterey Peninsula
Upon arrival at the chapel, the faithful write their individual prayer intentions on a piece of paper and place it in a basket, which is then placed before chapel’s sanctuary. These written intentions are later brought to the Carmelite Monastery.
A hymn is then sung and a brief reading from either Saint John Paul the Great’s 2002 Apostolic Letter Rosarium Virginis Mariae, or from the writing of another great saint is read and silently reflected upon. Next, some brief prayer intentions are announced.
The recitation of the Marian rosary then commences, with the addition of the reading of a brief verse from Sacred Scripture for each mystery, as well as a prayer for priests adapted from the Handbook for Serrans Called to Holiness: A Serran’s Guide to the Spiritual Life.
In place of the Hail, Holy Queen, the Litany of Loreto is prayed, a practice requested by Pope Leo XIII. Prayers for the Holy Father, the Bishop, and for the Faithful Departed follow. We then conclude with the Prayer to Saint Michael the Archangel and the Serran Prayer for Vocations, followed by the chanting of the Tantum ergo in Latin.
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The Church has always attributed particular efficacy to this prayer, entrusting to the Rosary, to its choral recitation and to its constant practice, the most difficult problems. At times when Christianity itself seemed under threat, its deliverance was attributed to the power of this prayer, and Our Lady of the Rosary was acclaimed as the one whose intercession brought salvation”.
Rosarium Virginis Mariæ, n. 39