Friday, October 5, 2018

The Rosary in Pictures - Stained Glass Windows - A Downloadable Booklet

I made this booklet up for my family a few months ago now.  I have edited the following download a bit from the original so please let me know if you spot any errors.  We all use this booklet.  Our almost two year old loves to look through it as we pray.  Sorry it's so big again at 52MB.  
I had our booklet printed up at our local print store on 100gsm uncoated paper, A5, single sided and coil bound.  It cost around $13.  I would highly recommend having it printed at a print store.  I have found over the years that rather than print out something that will use a lot of ink at home, for it to be more cost effective and worthwhile the effort of getting a good quality result, you end up with something that looks better and lasts longer.

The Rosary in Pictures - Stained Glass - A Downloadable Booklet 52.2MB

Rosario Dengan Gambar  (Dalam Bahasa Indonesia.  The above download but in Indonesian)


The First Joyful Mystery
The Annunciation 
of the angel Gabriel to Mary


The Second Joyful Mystery
The Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary 
to her cousin St. Elizabeth


The Third Joyful Mystery
The Nativity of Our Lord


The Fourth Joyful Mystery
The Presentation of the Child Jesus in the Temple

Source: Wikimedia

The Fifth Joyful Mystery
The Finding of the Child 
Jesus in the Temple

Source: Wikimedia

The First Sorrowful Mystery
The Agony of Our Lord 
in the Garden


The Second Sorrowful Mystery
The Scourging at the Pillar

Source: Wikimedia

The Third Sorrowful Mystery
The Crowning with Thorns

Source: Wikimedia

The Fourth Sorrowful Mystery
Jesus carries His Cross to Calvary


The Fifth Sorrowful Mystery
Jesus is crucified

Source: Wikimedia

The First Glorious Mystery
The Resurrection of Jesus from the dead

Source: Wikimedia

The Second Glorious Mystery
The Ascension of Our Lord into Heaven

Source: Wikimedia

The Third Glorious Mystery
The Descent of the Holy Ghost upon Our Lady and the Apostles

Source: Wikimedia

The Fourth Glorious Mystery
The Assumption of Our Lady into Heaven

Source: Wikimedia

The Fifth Glorious Mystery
Mary is Crowned Queen of the Angels and Saints

Source: Wikimedia

Hail, Holy Queen (Salve Regina)

Source: Wikimedia

Saint Michael the Archangel

Source: Wikimedia

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

The Seven Sorrows of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Pictures

I meant to post this in September but then got caught up with other things, so I'm going to post it anyway, better late than never as they say.  I made a printable booklet for my children and I which I have shared a link for below.  It only has pictures as my idea was either a flip book or to frame them individually, but I didn't get around to either this year so it is ready for next year instead, which will come soon enough ;)  My plan for the flip book is to use it to pray The Seven Sorrows Devotion during September.  I have cropped some of the pictures in the booklet for better emphasis on Our Lady in her sorrows.

Note:  The pdf is huge, it's only 9 pages but is 52MB!!  Probably best to print and then delete the file.  I'm not very good with technology so I don't know how to make it smaller.  I like super sharp images when possible.  Sometimes the best picture I can find isn't as sharp as I'd like but I pick it because it captures what I'm after.  Christ Among The Doctors by Duccio di Buoninsegna (below) is one such example.  It can be very difficult to find an image in the commons sometimes that is both a good resolution/sharp and suits the purpose.  I liked Christ Among The Doctors because Jesus, His parents, and the doctors are distinct in the picture which makes it easy for children to identify.  There is Jesus, a youth, teaching calmly and with authority.  The doctors are amazed and thoughtful.  And here comes the Blessed Mother and Saint Joseph who you can see clearly are so pleased to have found Jesus again.  How sorrowful they must've been!

“The Blessed Virgin Mary, for the love she bore us, was willing to see her Son sacrificed to Divine Justice by the barbarity of men. This great torment, then, which Mary endured for us — a torment that was more than a thousand deaths — deserves both our compassion and our gratitude. If we can make no other return for so much love, at least let us give a few moments this day to consider the greatness of the sufferings by which Mary became the Queen of martyrs...”  St. Alphonsus de Liguori.

Meditation on the Seven Sorrows of Mary 

By Donald Fantz, Angelus Magazine 

As an excellent preparation to reading this meditation I recommend listening to this Video:  Our Lady of Sorrows - Fr. Ripperger

Link to a printable pdf of the pictures below here.

The First Sorrow: Simeon's Prophecy

The Presentation, Andrea Mantegna circa 1465 Source: Wikimedia

Every life has elements of mixed joy and sorrow. Certainly Mary and Joseph are filled with joy as they travel the day's journey from Bethlehem to Jerusalem to offer Mary's First-Born to the service of His Father. According to Jewish custom, they "ransomed" Him back by offering two turtle doves as sacrifices to Almighty God. The joy of Mary seems to overflow as the aged Simeon receives her in the Temple and, taking the Child from her arms, looks heavenward with praise to the Almighty for sparing him until he saw the salvation "prepared before the faces of all peoples: a light of revelation to the Gentiles and a glory for Thy people Israel." 

From the height of her joy, Mary's heart suddenly sinks, as Simeon glances first to the Child, then straight into her eyes. "This Child is set for the rise and the fall of many ... a sign of contradiction . . . thine own soul a sword shall pierce . . ." Mary knows that her Son is to suffer. She knows that He will be lifted up. Simeon makes it painfully clear, as he reminds her of her Son's mission. "She pondered these things in her heart." 

O, Mary, help me to understand the purpose of suffering in my life. 

Second Sorrow: The Flight into Egypt

The Flight into Egypt, Vittore Carpaccio ca.1515 Source:National Gallery of Art

After returning to Bethlehem, the Holy Family is visited by the Magi. Shortly after their departure, Joseph is warned by an angel to "take the Child and His Mother and flee into Egypt." Already, jealous Herod's soldiers seek the Child. Joseph and Mary hurry a few blocks from their temporary home to a nearby cave, where Mary nurses her Babe in what has since become known to the local people as the "Milk Grotto." As they continue their journey out of town and head towards the Egyptian border, the terrible sounds of the slaughter ring in Mary's ears. Even Rachel mourns from her grave the Innocents of Bethlehem. Mary wonders: "Is this to be His time, at this age?" The only alternative is to flee quickly to the unfriendly Egyptians, the former captors of her people. Is it possible that only the Sphinx looks down in silent approval as they pass into Pharoah's land? Jeremia the Prophet speaks for Mary: "Bitterly she weeps at night, tears upon her cheeks, with not one to console her of all her dear ones; her friends have all betrayed her and become her enemies. 'Look, O Lord, upon my distress: all within me is in ferment, my heart recoils within me from my monstrous rebellion. In the streets the sword bereaves, at home death stalks. Give heed to my groaning; there is no one to console me.' " And yet, through this trial Mary still has Emmanuel with her. She knows that all will be accomplished in God's time. This gives her the security of peace in her sorrow. The Scripture will be fulfilled: "I have called My Son out of Egypt, that salvation may come to Israel." 

O, Mary, help me to stay close to your Divine Son when I feel most abandoned. 

Third Sorrow: The Loss of Jesus 

Christ Among the Doctors, Duccio di Buoninsegna 1308-11 Source: Wikimedia

Again, the joy of traveling, this time for several days, from Nazareth to the Temple in Jerusalem for the great feast. These were especially happy times for Mary, reunited with her own people, living with Jesus and Joseph. The feast ends; the return to Nazareth commences in the early morning. The caravan of women moves ahead north of the Holy City. The men follow in their caravan. They sing Psalms praising God, exchange news and laughter, as the trip progresses. Both groups meet in their encampment at the end of the day. As night falls, Mary and Joseph find each other and realize with horror that Christ is not in their company. They search through both camps to no avail. "Have you seen Him? He is only twelve years old." Each time the reply is negative. Mary remembers the words of Simeon and the Lamentations of Jeremia the Prophet: "The Lord has done as He decreed: He has fulfilled the threat He set forth from days of old; He has destroyed and had no pity, letting the enemy gloat over you and exalting the horn of your foes. Cry out to the Lord; moan, O daughter of Sion! Let your tears flow like a torrent day and night; let there be no respite for you, no repose for your eyes." Mary feels terror and panic. "This must be His hour," she thinks. In His boyhood hurts, even in the flight to Egypt, Jesus was with her. Now, for the first time, He is gone. Nonetheless, she knows that the Eternal Father knows all things, and this gives her peace. Her confidence is rewarded three days later when she and Joseph find Jesus in the midst of the doctors in the Temple. 

O Mary, help me to keep peace of soul, even when searching for Jesus in my life. 

Fourth Sorrow: Mary meets Jesus on the Road to Calvary 

Christ Falling on the Way to Calvary, Raphael ca.1516 Source: Wikimedia

It is coming soon. She senses that now. The Pharisees have become increasingly resentful towards Him. She is praying over these things when the knock comes at the door. "They have taken Him! They have taken Him!" She wraps her veil tightly around her face and runs into the night with her friend. They reach Caiphas' house in time to see Jesus pushed up the steps. She overhears Peter: "I know not the Man!" She meets John, who leads her towards the praetorium of Pilate. She waits through the night as reports are brought to her of Jesus' scourging. Once again Simeon's words thrust at her as so many arrows. She prays the psalm: "My heart has become like wax melting away within my bosom." The long night passes into gray dawn and still she keeps her vigil. Then she hears Pilate's words to the crowd from the arch: "Behold the Man!" She can scarcely recognize Him as the crowd roars for His death. He does not yet see her. She wants it that way— to spare Him the pain. She sees the rough cross-timber dragged to a point below the arch. She watches the soldiers laughingly lead her Son to the cross. He can scarcely walk. He stumbles, He falls—He opens up more wounds, as if that were possible! She sees the seamless robe she has woven for Him years ago- now a mass of blood and flesh, clinging to His Body. His face is misshapen and swollen. She cannot move. He is pushed forward by the soldiers. He walks a few more feet, and then He sees her! Mary does not restrain herself. She kisses Him softly through her tears and reminds Him of her love for Him. "Their looks became as swords, to wound those hearts which loved each other so tenderly." 

O, Mother of God, teach me to behold Jesus in His sorrows when I am most tempted to sin. 

Fifth Sorrow: Mary Sees Jesus Die on the Cross

The Crucifixion, Maestro de la Leyenda de Santa Catalina 1475-1485 
 Source: Museo Del Prado

"Yes, truly, O Blessed Mother, the sword pierced your soul. Only by passing through your soul could it penetrate to the body of your Son. When Jesus your Son had given up His spirit, when the cruel spear which pierced His side could no longer touch His soul, it transfixed yours. His soul was no longer there. Yours was. It could not be torn away. We call you more than martyr because your love, which made you suffer with your Son, brought pain of soul far more exquisite than any pain of body. "Woman, behold thy Son"—how keenly those words must have pierced your loving soul! Mere remembrance of them can wring with sorrow our hard, steely hearts. Do not wonder, my brethren, that Ma-ray is said to be martyred in spirit. Want of affection was far from Mary's heart. O, may it be equally far from those of her servants! Christ died in body. Could she not die with Him in her heart? His death was brought about by a love greater than any man has; hers by a love no other mortal ever had, except she." (From the Sermon of St. Bernard on the Twelve Stars.) 

Through you, O Virgin Mother, may we draw the waters of salvation out of the wounds of Christ. 

Sixth Sorrow: Mary Receives Jesus' Body into Her Arms

Pieta, Rogier van der Weyden  1436-46  Source: Wikimedia

"Joseph of Arimathaea requested the body of Jesus, which he took down from the cross. And His Mother received it into her arms. The sorrowing mother took her dead Son and laid Him on her knees" (From the Divine Office of the Feast of the Seven Sorrows). 

What a sea of tears and sorrow 
Did the soul of Mary toss 
To and fro upon its billows. 
While she wept her bitter loss, 
In her arms her Jesus holding. 
Torn so newly from the Cross. 
Oh, that mournful Virgin Mother! 
See her tears how fast they flow 
Down upon His mangled body, 
Wounded side, and thorny brow; 
While His hands and feet she kisses 
Picture of immortal woe. 
Oft and oft His arms and bosom 
Fondly straining to her own; 
Oft her pallid lips imprinting 
On each wound of her dear Son; 
Till in one last kiss of anguish 
All her melting soul is gone. 
Gentle Mother, we beseech thee 
By thy tears and troubles sore; 
By the death of thy dear Offspring, 
By the bloody wounds He bore; 
Touch our hearts with true sorrow 
Which afflicted thee of yore. 

(Hymn of the Divine Office of the Feast)

O, Mary, help me to stand beside the Cross with you, whose soul the sword of sorrow has pierced. 

Seventh Sorrow: Mary Places Jesus' Body in the Tomb

Wall mosaic of entombment of Jesus at Church of the Holy Sepulchre Source: Wikimedia

They place Jesus' body on a slab and quickly anoint it. From there they carry it to the tomb of Joseph of Arimathea. There, once again, Mary arranges the folds of the winding sheet with her own hands. The tomb is closed and the mourners leave. "Depart from me, I will weep bitterly; labor not to comfort me. There is in Him no stately bearing to make us look at Him, nor appearance that would attract us to Him. From the sole of the foot to the head, there is no sound spot in Him." "To what can I liken or compare you, O daughter of Jerusalem? What example can I show you for your comfort, O Virgin daughter of Sion? For great as the sea is your downfall." Yet Mary's deep sorrow did not overshadow her faith in Jesus or her hope in His promise. His death was her hope of resurrection. 

God of mercy, let us run
Where yon fount of sorrow flows;
Pondering sweetly, one by one,
Jesus 's wounds and Mary's woes.
Ah, those tears Our Lady shed,
Enough to drown a world of sin;
Tears that Jesus 's sorrows fed,
Peace and pardon well may win!
His five wounds, a very home,
For our prayers and praises prove;
And Our Lady's woes become
Endless joys in Heaven above.
Jesus, Who for us did die,
All on Thee our love we pour
And in the Holy Trinity
Worship Thee forever more. Amen.

(Hymn from Lauds of the Feast)

O, Virgin Mary, may your many sorrows make me rejoice in Heaven's Kingdom. 

Sunday, September 30, 2018

The Liturgical Year in Our Home - October - Month Dedicated to the Most Holy Rosary

The Madonna of the Rosary, Bartolome Esteban Murillo   Source: Wikimedia

My October Pinterest Board

Marian Antiphon:  Salve Regina

Hymn for the month: O Queen of the Holy Rosary

Recipes for October: Catholic Cuisine

Printable:   October Page

Feasts our family will celebrate: 

2nd  Holy Guardian Angels
3rd  St.Therese of Lisieux (family patron)
4th  St. Francis of Assisi  (family patron)
7th  The Most Holy Rosary
11th Maternity of the Blessed Virgin Mary
15th St. Teresa of Avila  (family patron)
24th St. Raphael
Last Sunday of October Feast of Christ the King
31st Vigil of All Saints (Dd1's 18th birthday!)

Our Home Oratory for October

(Will edit in these plus some extra links and colouring pages soon)

Calendar For October

2nd Holy Guardian Angels

Source: Wikimedia
3rd  St. Therese of the Child Jesus

4th  St. Francis of Assisi

St. Francis in Prayer, Caravaggio  1603  Source:Wikimedia
6th  St. Bruno

Saint Bruno, Girolamo Marchesi   ca.1525  Source: Wikimedia
7th  The Most Holy Rosary

Source: The Met Museum
11th  The Maternity of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Source: Wikimedia
15th  St. Teresa of Avila

Ecstasy of St. Teresa, Gerard Seghers  Between 1609 and 1651  Source: Wikimedia

16th  St. Gerard Majella

Source: Wikimedia

17th  St. Margaret Mary Alacoque

Source: Wikimedia
 18th  St. Luke

Source: Wikimedia

Source: Wikimedia

19th  St. Peter of Alcantara

St. Teresa Confessing to St. Peter of Alcantara  Jose Garcia Hidalgo  Source: Museo Del Prado
24th  St. Raphael

Archangel Raphael with Bishop Domonte, Bartolome Esteban Murillo  Source: Wikimedia
Last Sunday in October  Feast of Christ the King

Source: Wikimedia

31st  Vigil of All Saints

My All Hallows Eve / All Saints Day Pinterest Board

Friday, August 31, 2018

The Liturgical Year in Our Home - September - Month Dedicated to Our Lady of Sorrows

Virgin of the Seven Sorrows, Master of the Half-Lengths  Late 16th C  Source: Wikimedia

My September Pinterest Board

Marian Antiphon:  Salve Regina

Hymn for the month: Stabat Mater

Recipes for September: Catholic Cuisine

Printable:   September page

Feasts our family will celebrate: 

3rd St. Pius X
8th The Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary
12th The Most Holy Name of Mary
14th The Exaltation of the Holy Cross
15th The Seven Dolors of the Blessed Virgin Mary
29th The Dedication of St. Michael the Archangel

Our Home Oratory for September 

Calendar For September

1st  St. Giles

Saint Giles and the Deer, Master of St. Giles  Circa 1500  Source: The National Gallery
3rd St. Pius X
Source: Wikimedia

3rd St. Simon Stylites
Source: Wikimedia
4th St. Rose of Viterbo

The Virgin and Child with St. Rose of Viterbo,  After Bartolome Esteban Murillo    Late 17th C   Source: Wikimedia
8th The Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary

The Nativity of the Virgin, Andrea Di Bartolo  ca. 1400/05 Source:National Gallery of Art

10th St. Nicholas of Tolentino

St. Nicholas of Tolentino Reviving a Child, Garofalo ca. 1530  Source:  The Met

12th The Most Holy Name of Mary
Source: Flickr  Some rights reserved by Fr. Lawrence Lew O.P. (see link)

14th The Exaltation of the Holy Cross

Source: Wikimedia

15th The Seven Sorrows of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Simon Bening  ca. 1525-30  Source: Wikimedia

Mater Dolorosa,  Dirk Bouts Source: Wikimedia

17th Commemoration of the Imprinting of the Holy Stigmata on the Body of St. Francis

St Francis of Assisi, Jusepe de Ribera  1642  Source: Wikimedia

18th St. Joseph of Cupertino

Ludovico Mazzanti  18th C   Source: Wikimedia

20th St. Eustace and His Companions

Cretan School 16th C  Source: Wikimedia

21st St. Matthew

St. Matthew, Simone Martini circa 1315 /1320   Source: Wikimedia

22nd St. Thomas of Villanova

St. Thomas of Villanova Heals the Sick, Bartolome Esteban Murillo  Source: Wikimedia

23rd St. Padre Pio

Source: Wikimedia

24th Commemoration of Our Lady of Ransom

Madonna of Mercy, Domenico Ghirlandaio ca. 1472  Source: Wikimedia

27th Ss. Cosmas and Damian

The Healing of Palladia by Saint Cosmas and Saint Damian,   Fra Angelico between 1438 and 1440  Source: Wikimedia

29th The Dedication of St. Michael the Archangel

St. Michael the Archangel, Andrei Rublev  1408  Source: Wikimedia

30th St. Jerome

Saint Jerome in his Study, Antonio da Fabriano II  1451    Source: Wikimedia

St. Jerome and the Lion, Hans Memling  between 1485 and 1490  Source:  Wikimedia